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Format:  CD

Catalogue Number:  8.226523

Barcode:  636943652329

Release month:  Jan 2011

Period:  21st Century


Steen-Andersen: Pretty Sound - Solo and Chamber Music

29 November 2011  La Folia
Grant Chu Covell

Steen-Andersen’s trademarked mode appears to be virtuosic amplification including megaphones. A small ensemble gets up close and personal with breathing sounds, manipulating paper and other customarily meek inside-piano noises. On And Off And To And Fro requires saxophone, vibraphone, cello, three additional players with megaphones, and a conductor. Gentle purring, extended noises and sturdy sine waves coalesce for an engrossing quarter-hour plus, ofttimes bowed vibraphone, vibratoless cello and megaphone blend indistinguishably. In Rerendered a pianist encounters two assistants busying within the instrument. In Her Frown’s two performers explore paper, voices and noise. Steen-Andersen numbly shifts perspective between quiet and loud events through amplification and adept normalization as demonstrated in Pretty Sound (Up and Down) which presents a wide degree of ordinarily subtle piano sounds. The Study for String Instrument #2 requires three players: cello, electric guitar and one person on whammy pedal.

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