By Marc Weidenbaum

ISBN-10: 1623568900

ISBN-13: 9781623568900

Extravagantly opaque, willfully vaporous Aphex dual s chosen Ambient Works quantity II, published through the estimable British label Warp documents in 1994, rejuvenated ambient song for the net Age that was once simply dawning. within the usa, it was once his first complete size on Sire files (home to Madonna and Depeche Mode), which helped herald Richard D. James, for whom Aphex dual is yet one among quite a few monikers, as an enormous strength in tune, digital or otherwise.

Faithful to Brian Eno s definition of ambient song, chosen Ambient Works quantity II was once deliberately practical: it supplied sit back rooms, the sanctuaries amid severe raves. Choreographers and movie administrators started to hire it to their very own ends, and within the intervening a long time this history track got here to the fore, tailored through classical composers who reverse-engineer its fragile textures for functionality on acoustic tools. at the same time, 'ambient' has moved from esoteric sound artwork to crucial guiding principle of on-line tradition. This booklet contends that regardless of a name for being beat-less, the album exudes percussive interest, supplying a sonic metaphor for our technologically mediated period of numerous synchronized nanosecond metronomes.

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Mentioned on LineOut. The Stranger.com If you're already keen on Aphex dual, you'll enjoy Weidenbaum's deep dive into one of many artist's signature works. If no longer, you'll be stunned to profit that you've most probably already heard his tune in a single shape or one other. -- S.T. Vanairsdale

The urban (SacTownMag.com) the 'extravagantly opaque, willfully vaporous' chillout room masterpieces of digital composer Richard D. James, aka Aphex dual -- essentially what everybody within the Nineteen Nineties listened to as they swept up/came down after the rave -- get the company from incisive SF author and archivist Marc Weidenbaum. and very, the pairing couldn't be from now on scrumptious. -- Marke B. San Francisco Bay Guardian

About the Author
Marc Weidenbaum based Disquiet.com, that is all in favour of the intersection of sound, paintings, and know-how, in 1996. A former editor of Tower documents Pulse! journal, he's written for Nature, Boing Boing, and the web site of The Atlantic. He s commissioned compositions from such musicians as Scanner, Steve Roden, and Stephen Vitiello, and lectures at the position of sound within the media panorama. He lives in San Francisco.

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It excited intense interest, and the room was filled to the doors with a brilliant assembly, composed of persons distinguished not only in music, but THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY. in art, literature, and fashion. 39 His reception was enthusiastic; and he showed, by expressive gestures, the gratitude and pleasure with which he received so strong a manifestation of feeling. The programme included four pieces by him : The great tenor scena from the Freischiltz sung by Mr. Sapio ; the overture to Euryanthe; an Italian scena, " La dolce speranza," sung by Madame Caradori Allan; and the overture to the Freischiltz.

From the words of the chorus, the subject of the piece seems to have been gay and joyous, and the music, though it is now forgotten, we may suppose, from the character of the composer, to have been brilliant and effective. Steibelt's success was confined to pianoforte music; and some of his works for that instrument, as well as those of Dussek, Woelfl, &c, deserve to be rescued from oblivion. This season was also remarkable for Mrs. Anderson's first appearance at these concerts. Her performance on the 29th of April, 1822, of Hummers concerto in B minor, was the commencement of a career not sur- 30 THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY.

The remuneration, therefore, received by him from the Philharmonic Society was not only adequate but ample, considering that the symphony had not only been performed, but published in score at Vienna, before the Society had it in their power to make any use of it. Its first performance in London was not very successful. A work so new and strange, not only in its design and construction, but THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY. 33 in its most minute details, and so full of difficulties for the performers, was but imperfectly understood either by the orchestra or the audience.

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