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Rand Steiger: A Menacing Plume


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The vast array of compositional, performative, and listening practices that have grown out of the phenomenon we can collectively refer to as "electronic music" have, in some way or another, engaged with an inherent and essential provocation: the coexistence of "artificial" technology with more "organic" resonances of musical tradition and human experience. A truly symbiotic relationship between technology and acoustics can alert us to the fact that what we might think of as "natural" tastes are, in fact, just as "artificial" as processes of digital signal manipulation and re-synthesis. For Rand Steiger (b. 1957), technology is such a vehicle into the beyond. The five pieces presented here - in magnificent performances by the Talea Ensemble under the leadership of James Baker - span a decade of work in a variety of media, from solo to small mixed ensemble, some including live processing and others "purely" acoustical. But networks of commonality between the works are quickly apparent - Steiger's keen ear for deep, shimmering textures, sweeping timbral migrations, delicate nuances of intonation, and rich harmonic refrains unite the music into a grande oeuvre of flexible interdependence between the natural and the unnatural, with technology forming the essential basis for resonance and coalescence.


"Fused in a personal, at times visionary manner... Steiger's sound world seems a bridge between brainy abstract East Coast Modernism and more populist, "essentialist" West Coast Experimentalism." --Fanfare

"Few composers blend classical instrumentation and digital technology as organically and eloquently as Rand Steiger... this compelling new CD... mixes hallucinatory, electronically enhanced pieces with visceral acoustic works; in both cases, the performers of New York's invaluable Talea Ensemble supply persuasive authority." --The New York Times

"Although the makeup and nature of the ensembles differ from composition to composition, a commonality to emerge from all of the music is the predominance of timbre as musical center of gravity. 'A Menacing Plume' can be listened to for the pure sensual stimulation of its sound sculpting built up out of glissandi and suspended harmonies. And the technology never overshadows the fine performances by the acoustic ensemble." --Avant Music News

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  • Conductor: James Baker
  • Composer: Rand Steiger
  • Audio CD (April 8, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: New World Records
  • ASIN: B00IJJRU66
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,043 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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