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ARTIST
TITLE
An Hour Out Of Desert Center
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
CB 013CD CB 013CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/24/2003

"Chas Smith -- composer, inventor, instrument builder, and performer -- has created his own musical world, complete with its own instruments and 'language.' It is a world of carefully sculpted textures that never sit absolutely still, textures that evolve and are always in the process of a slow change of aural perspective. Critics have repeatedly compared Smith's sometimes beautiful, sometimes brooding compositions to those of Ligeti. An Hour Out of Desert Center is scored for pedal steel guitars, composer-designed-and-built crotales and sound sculptures, zithers, and a 1948 Bigsby lap guitar (a one-of-a-kind instrument that was owned by famed steel player Joaquin Murphey, who played with Spade Cooley, Tex Williams, Sons of the Pioneer, and other classic country artists). Here, Smith's musical texture, evolving slowly and continuously over the course of the piece, is without dramatic flourishes. Like the spare landscapes around Desert Center, California, it simply exists in its muted beauty."