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COLD BLUE MUSIC
I was transfixed by the haunting sounds and the poetic pacing of Fahres' music on this CD. Rather than the sound floating through the room, it was as if I was floating in the sound.
' --Morton Subotnick "This collection of three intimate and beautiful pieces by composer and radio producer Fahres -- 'Sevan,' 'The Tubes,' and 'Coimbra 4, Mundi Theatre' -- weaves naturally occurring acoustic phenomena and elements of soundscape with the playing of celebrated performers. 'Sevan' is built from a recording of Armenian musician Parik Nazarian's vocalizations in massive pipes near the shore of Lake Sevan, Armenia. It explores resonance, echoes, and voice properties. 'The Tubes' weaves together the breath-like sounds of the Atlantic Ocean as it strikes tubular volcanic rock formations on the Island of El Hierro (the westernmost of the Canary Islands) with the breathy tones of Jon Hassell's trumpet and Mark Atkin's didgeridoo, creating a starkly beautiful study of breath patterns and the sounds of air in tubes. ('The Tubes' was mixed by composer/producer Michael Hoenig.) 'Coimbra 4, Mundi Theatre' is a bright, colorful soundscape of the Portuguese city Coimbra during a recent music festival/spectacle that involved most of the townspeople as participants. Michael Fahres, who studied composition with Louis Andriessen and Ton de Leeuw, is a composer whose recent work has been devoted to electro-acoustic soundscapes."
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