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Early Works

BS 028CD BS 028CD

Black Sweat present a selection of the most radical, impressive works composed by Wayne Siegel when he was mid-twenties. Having moved to Denmark between 1979 and 1980, Siegel began to investigate the possibilities of a very personal language, contributing to the kaleidoscope of post-minimalism. These Early Works are constructed around a relentless musical process that consists of delaying and repeating every element in a certain measure, without intentional alteration. Siegel called this process "Canon Technique", letting it become over time his obsession. This CD includes contents from the original 1983 album Autumn Resonance/Domino Figures (BS 029LP) originally released by the Danish label Paula, along with the unedited pieces "Voices Recurrent" and "Music For 21 Clarinets". "Autumn Resonance" is a fast canon in which musical figures move quickly around the concert hall; measuring distances, Siegel emphasizes the interrelation of the individual piano, the acoustic of the concert hall and his mood as parts of an organic work. "Domino Figures", for 10-100 guitars, is a sound work that embodies the shape of a semicircle. The performers sit in a semicircle, performing a kind of slow chain reaction, where a choral texture is produced and evolves slowly. Widely renowned in its large number of declinations, it is presented here in a 42 guitars version, dedicated to the Danish guitarist Erling Møldrup. "Voices Recurrent" is performed by the solo cellist Morten Zeuthen, member of the legendary Contra Quartet. In "Music For 21 Clarinets", considered as sister work of "Domino Figures", Hans Christian Bræin, plays all 21 parts. Wayne Siegel's early works can definitely be perceived as art installations, part of a transformation in music as drastic as open. Included liner notes echo the current value of Siegel's experimental approach to sound.