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David Lang , Julia Wolfe , Annie Gosfield , Evan Ziporyn , Lois V. Vierk , Nick Didkovsky , Michael Gordon , Bang On A Can Audio CD
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listen  1. Cheating, Lying, Stealing10:30Album Only
listen  2. Lick 9:18Album Only
listen  3. The Manufacturer of Tangled Ivory10:41Album Only
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listen  5. Red Shift10:42Album Only
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listen  7. Industry10:21Album Only

Product Details

  • Performer: Bang On A Can
  • Composer: David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Annie Gosfield, Evan Ziporyn, Lois V. Vierk, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 4, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cantaloupe
  • ASIN: B00006L3QP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! September 9, 2004
By David
Format:Audio CD
Classics is definitely one of my favorite CD purchases of the last year. It is very visceral; there is a universal appeal in the directness of this music. Though the individual pieces are very different, they all share some qualities- strong rhythms, harmonic simplicity (although the out of tune piano in "The Manufacture of Tangled Ivory" adds great color to that piece), and the great sound of this group's unique instrumentation which fuses art and pop musical languages. You won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Experimental April 26, 2011
By Sarah
Format:Audio CD
Bang on a Can has a humble history, beginning in the 80's as a home for unconventional and experimental artists (Check out the group's website at The group has grown and changed over the years, but is a proud source of contemporary music that many would argue is "uncategorizable." For a good look at the music that founded the group, check out Bang on a Can Classics. Although the album has only 7 pieces, each comes from a different composer in the group and exhibits a different aspect of their experimentation with sound and music.

All of the pieces are somewhere between written music that can be replicated, and improvisation. The improvisation is subtle and constrained, but the pieces clearly deviate from a traditional rhythmic pattern. For example, I'll talk about my favorite piece from the album: Cheating, Lying, Stealing. This piece brought an interesting blend of traditional acoustic instruments, including strings and piano, as well as some harsher sounds from bells, drums, and other unidentified clanging noises.
The piece contains underlying rhythmic elements, primarily from short notes on the low stringed instruments and the harsh clangs of the percussion. The listener wants these rhythms to be symmetric, even, and repetitive, but the piece seems to almost purposely disappoint the listener by changing the rhythm and tempo regularly, albeit very slightly. This rhythmic element reminds me somewhat of musique concrete, where rhythmic sounds often appear in the composition, but without the traditional tempo and order of classical pieces.

Another distinctive element that in consistent throughout all of the pieces on this album is the use of classical instruments in non-traditional ways.
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