BASIL RAMSEY struggling
with the Virtual Orchestra
Tonal language allied to a myriad disciplines adding or subtracting elements
continues to thrive with no apparent plot to destroy it or make it illegal.
American Jerry Gerber, like many composers, writes this way, although Symphony
No 4 is voiced through the Virtual Orchestra. This to me is a deterrent:
by losing natural sounds which are the basis of all music brought to life
by artists. I take no issue with those who disagree. The sounds give me
no pleasure, either singly or in ensemble, which unavoidably derives me
of the enjoyment I take in live music-making.
In Gerber's music there is plentiful variation of rhythmic and textual
matters, and the music drives and develops in the hands of a good technician
[listen -- track 3, 2:11-3:11]. There's less to
catch my ear as strong music shaped by a composer developing it with a passion
that entraps listeners and holds them in his grip. But I'm sure my mind
is really pitching me against the electronic medium.
Copyright © 18 July 2001
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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