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Sunday, 6 December 2009

Spell wavering shards

Hyperbolic-sounding (for a change), but true - few profounder, more affecting pieces of music than Akira Rabelais' 1340 Gaw. & Gr. knt 471 Wel by-commes such craft vpon cristmasse have come my way this year. Although released in a painfully quiet MP3, this Samadhisound giveaway (related to Rabelais' earlier Spellewauerynsherde, apparently, though with the found voice element less pronounced...) generates great power - its wintry etherealness more & more compelling, ever harder to consign to the background.

Exceptional music from Rabelais is nothing new, granted. Highlights stretch back a decade all the way to the delicate, other-wordly mysteries of Elongated Pentagonal Pyramid on Mille Plateaux's Ritornell (extracts hacked below). Others include two contributions (the austere, remote Y Si El Alma Sa Me Cayó Por Qué Ma Sigue Es Esqeleto? & the richly scratchy, Hecker-ish Blue Sky (also below)) to Tu M's Soundtrack for Images series.

commes such craft vpon cristmasse whets the appetite for his Caduceus in the new year. Samadhisound blurb: "A guitar based series of compositions treated by software of his own design, 'Caduceus' is a powerfully dynamic work, at turns disquietingly romantic, couched in an unnervingly volatile quietude, and raucously savage, a beautiful brutality. It is a compelling work, hallucinatory, a true auditory experience"

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