AG09 CD, $16.00 US
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Seven electronic compositions from the end of the sixties plus one instrumental
piece from 1983. This is the content of the new CD by Albert Mayr that ³ants²
is proud to present. Experimentations from near 40 years ago sounding so ³contemporary²,
today more than ever.
³In the fifties and sixties of the past century electro-acoustic music
was a very élitist affair; professional equipment was expensive, not
easy to find and could be afforded - in sufficient quantity to build a full-scale
studio - only by institutions such as universities or broadcasting corporations.
Access to those hieratic places was rather difficult if you did not belong
to one of the contemporary music 'Churches' that were influential at the time.
This led several composers to put up a small private studio. This was the
case for the studio S 2F M, created in Florence by Pietro Grossi.
Since the beginning a small group of collaborators (including myself) worked
with Grossi in the S 2F M; we all were fascinated by the new sound world and
Grossi's radicalism. In fact, through the work with him my attitude toward
music (in the widest sense) changed profoundly.² Albert Mayr
³The work in the S 2F M studio was of high rigour, with the resulting
sound structures presented in their brut condition, without any concession
to taste or to smoothing out the edges, because the essential thing was to
experience the new sound world, to experiment with it. Albert Mayr¹s
Proposte Sonore, realized between 1966 and 1969 - partly with the Battimenti
materials created earlier by Pietro Grossi in the Florentine studio -, are
certainly a beautiful example of this line of work. Proposals of new elements
to be integrated in the puzzle; Proposte (proposals), and not Studies or Exercises
and not even Compositions, presented with the doubts of a listener who is
eager to find out what will happen, and not with the presumption and the certainties
of those who want rather to find than to seek. A listener who tries to understand
and mainly to perceive how the sounds coming from the machine stay together¹.
It is, on the one hand, this pioneer aspect, and, on the other, the freshness
of the results that create the interest and pleasure one proves when listening
to these pieces.² Giuseppe Furghieri
lista brani / track list
1) PROPOSTA SONORA I 6'12"
2) PROPOSTA SONORA IV 6'11"
3) PROPOSTA SONORA V 7'32"
4) PROPOSTA SONORA VII 8'00"
5) PROPOSTA SONORA X 3'44"
6) AN OLD LADY'S WALLPAPER 5'10"
7) PROPOSTA SONORA XIII 10'13"
8) ABENDGRUN 5'43"