Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin: Acoustica
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On Acoustica, Alarm Will Sound obviously tackles the work of Mr. Richard D. James, and even for a big fan like myself (who can often be rather cynical), I have to admit that the young 22-piece group has pulled things off pretty darn well. In terms of arrangements and compositions, the group could have easily chosen another electronic artist that wasn't quite as challenging, but they've adapted thirteen tracks of Aphex Twin on this release and amazingly play them all acoustically (with the only exception being electric bass). The songs themselves are turned into pieces that breath with strings, brass, woodwinds and live percussionists, along with some vocals.
In addition to all of the above instrumentation, the group also raided toy stores and created homemade instruments in order to recreate some of the more unique sounds that Aphex Twin uses in his music. The result is something that is entirely true to the original, played with an almost astounding precision, yet is just human and different enough to sound original.Read more ›
This ensemble worked very hard to try to match the sounds used in the original songs, at times using found objects to replace the sounds of heavily-processed drum machines. There are some most beautiful/ingenious examples too: in "Meltphace 6", a blaring piccolo fills the role of what was originally squealing feedback, and in "4", an english horn occasionally tugs the lead line away from the strings.
I only have 1 small complaint: 2 electronic "remix" tracks are included as a bonus, which disrupt the mood presented by the rest of the tracks.
But...I think the other reviewer is correct in saying that people who do not the music of Aphex probably won't like most of the tracks on this album. But if you are open minded about music, and would like something totally different, I would recommend this. It's not that it was bound to be a great release - in fact there are some tracks on this that AWS just turn into lifeless Aphex rip-offs.
Meltphace 6, which is a great Aphex track - is utterly ruined. Aphex's Melt is a fluid master piece, flows well, and is just a beautiful track. AWS Melt - is piece-meal at best, the bass is just wrong - it's very twangy, and I just don't think that the performers pull it off. Another miss is Jynweythek Ylow, it's too slow, and the original blows it out of the water. Finally Prep Gwarlek 38 is an utter failure; they just couldn't pull it off. I won't even mention the two remixes at the end, just skip them.
Not only do they totally drop the ball on some tracks, they really only mention Richard James ONCE! Now if you ask me, his name should appear more than that - not even a thank you! This is his music, his productions - that they are performing here, give credit where credit it due.
Well that's the bad - I didn't give this a 4 star rating for nothing. Also it's not like AWS SHOULD HAVE copied exactly what Aphex did, they do a good job at making their own. AWS's version of Omgyjya Switch7 is beautiful!Read more ›
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Somehow the acoustic renderings of the Aphex Twin works keep faithfully the music"s spirit, while at the same time sounding fresh and new.Published on January 24, 2012 by Hektor Konomi
This a group of extremely talented classically trained musicians performing fully acoustic versions of Aphex Twin. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Pete
Even for novices of Aphex Twin's dissected, rehashed and distilled brand of limerick-as-music compositional style, they would appreciate the effect of this work. Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by Emlyn Addison
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation, 20 Mar 2008
Always in search of the weird and wonderful but equally wary of futile novelty, my discovery of this surprising musical... Read more
Nothing can truly recreate Richard D. James' music except for a computer or a God. It is an adequet emulation of some of his best works but a lot of the tracks are totally... Read morePublished on October 23, 2005 by Tent
Connoisseurs of Aphex Twin or of avant-garde music will enjoy this. It would provide the perfect soundtrack to a Richard D. Read morePublished on October 3, 2005 by Austin Seraphin
I don't listen to alot of classical,,,,,,but this is one of my favorite cds,,,,,,,,,,and I have most of Richard d. James' CDsPublished on September 25, 2005 by Diane Ringler
Unlike most of the other folks who've logged in on this CD, I'm a complete novice when it comes to Aphex Twin. Read morePublished on September 13, 2005 by Jeff Abell