Being let loose on a sophisticated synthesizer can provide the same thrill
for the operator as being allowed to try out a cathedral organ, a sense of
wielding a vast musical power over the sonic minions under one's fingers.
After the first impact of sound, which could be disturbing for any creature
caught in a corner of the chancel or hiding in the crypt, it is the musical
mind rather than the machine that will induce the listener to listen -- if,
indeed, that is the intention! If it is all about self indulgence, then
the listener is negligible.
Joe Wiedemann seems to take himself seriously,
though the evidence of these eleven tracks (which include a three-movement
thirty-minute Concerto No 1 for Synthesizer) is that it may all end there.
It sounds as though there is little here that many of us could not invent
with a modest studio, and yet I for one would feel that having played with
the machinery for an hour, it was high time either to create some real music
or pay for the indulgence and leave.
There is not a great distance travelled
over the field of naivety between Crunch the Numbers: ....it's always better
to add, then to subtract
[listen -- track 4, 0:00-0:59] and Bruschetta described
as an 'electro-acoustic experiment'
[listen -- track 5, 0:00-0:52]. But it would
be a pity to miss the romantic theme from the Concerto's second movement
(a distant love is only half a harmony)
[listen -- track 3, 0:00-0:54].
There are no notes -- just titles; and the composer's description of himself
as creating 'a modern ensemble of rich acoustic and electronic sounds,
performing a wide range of classic and contemporary styles'. I'm sure
there is a place for him.
Copyright © 27 December 2003
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK
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Orchestronics presents Electro-Acoustic Orchestra
7 35885 41372 9 Stereo NEW RELEASE 59'06" 2003 Joe Wiedemann
Joe Wiedemann: An American Day; Public Transit; Distant Melody; Crunch the Numbers; Bruschetta; Falling; Repeat After Me; Send Me To London; Concerto No 1 for Synthesiser and Orchestra
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