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ARTIST
TITLE
NPFAI.1/Palmos/NPFAI.3/Praxis
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
POGUS 21043 POGUS 21043
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RELEASE DATE
1/15/2007

Not familiar with Voudouris before, but this is one of the most sonically pleasing electro-acoustic albums we've heard in recent days... "South African composer Dimitri Voudouris (b.1961 Athens, Greece) began composing in the '90s. He composes for acoustic instruments, electronic sound sources, multimedia, including dance and theatre. He bases his technical and theoretical compositional approach in research of cognitive psycho-acoustic behavioral patterns in humans and the behavior of sound in relationship to continued environmental changes. His socio-cultural interests have led him to research the survival of music in the 21st century and the impact that media and technology have on the composer. 'NPFAI.1' (New Possibilities for African Instrument) is an electro-acoustic composition for kundi and m'bira with computer-assisted processing. Kalimba or m'bira is a finger piano made of wood and metal strips used in ceremonial music. In 'Palmos,' Voudoris chose three Western instruments -- the Hammond organ, oboe, and the bandoneon -- whose overtone and harmonic capabilities allowed for interlocking moments to take place, a phenomenon that is ever present in African traditional music. 'NPFAI. 3,' third in a series of electro-acoustic studies, is for African marimba and computer-assisted processing. 'Praxis' is a four-channel tape piece using a recording of an Christian Orthodox Greek male choir and computer-assisted processing. 566 sound compartments were created that ranged from 10 to 40 seconds in time duration."