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1-2 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
Left To His Own Devices
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
NW 80601CD NW 80601CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/17/2003

"The seven electro-acoustic works on this disc illustrate the salient virtues that have distinguished Eric Chasalow's work in the genre over the past twenty years -- an unerring sense of drama and a rhythmic verve that makes for compelling listening. Two in particular, 'Left to His Own Devices' and 'Suspicious Motives', pay homage to his Columbia-Princeton mentors; the former is built from vocal samples of Milton Babbitt and the sound of the RCA synthesizer while the latter incorporates two motives from Davidovsky's music--primarily the opening to 'Synchronisms #6'. That the composer is equally at home outside the studio is amply borne out by the two purely acoustic chamber pieces, 'In the Works', and 'Yes, I Really Did,' clearly cut from the same aesthetic cloth as the tape pieces. As Chasalow has said, 'In spite of my long history with electronic music, the technology is not my focus.' This is clearly evident from the works on this disc, crafted in a musical language as subtle and complex as it is tactile and expressive."