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ARTIST
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Multum In Parvo
FORMAT
CD

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BLUE 028CD BLUE 028CD
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RELEASE DATE
10/19/2018

Todd Barton honed his craft composing for acoustic instruments - string quartets, small ensembles and orchestras. In the 1970s, he was drawn to emergent synthesizer technologies, because of their abilities to access tones "between" the standard 12 notes of the Western musical scale, and to have the power to craft music out of glitches and unique sonic gestures that are unplayable on acoustic instruments. Multum In Parvo is reflective of this approach; it has a definite and logical flow as a composition, but its content is abstract sound sculpted out of pure energy, something only analog synthesis can offer. Sometimes sparse, sometimes bristling and jumping with detail, Multum In Parvo provides a genuinely multidimensional experience. Like the classic Forbidden Planet (1956) soundtrack, by which Todd was inspired or indeed his collaboration with Ursula K. Le Guin on Music and Poetry of the Kesh (originally released in 1985 and reissued by Freedom To Spend in 2018), Multum In Parvo seems to function as part of some unique sonic ecology, according to its own rules, in its own universe and somewhere just beyond time.