LOW STOCK LEVEL
Advance of the Fungi
"The music of George Cacioppo (1927-84) is important in the history of 20th century music composition as the missing link between the American 'sound based' music of the 1960s with the 'sound centered' musics of Giacinto Scelsi and his disciples, the French spectral composers, Tristan Murail and Gérard Grisey. Critical of serial music and academicism's failure to take into account the nature of sound itself, Cacioppo was inspired by radical composers such as Varèse, Cage and Feldman, and produced the American equivalent of the 'sound centered' compositions of Giacinto Scelsi in Italy. Cacioppo created a distinctly new 'sound based' approach to harmony where there is a continuous transformation of 'pure' tones into clusters and then into 'noise.' or the contrary. On the other hand, Cacioppo treats time in a very supple manner -- the temporal flow is rather slow and unmeasured in order to allow his sounds to breathe as freely as possible, or as Cage said 'to let the sounds be themselves.' This marks the first collection on CD of Cacioppo's unique music. Liner notes by Cacioppo's colleague Gordon Mumma and Gerard Pape."