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Format:  CD

Catalogue Number:  8.226569

Barcode:  636943656921

Release Date:  May 2012

Period:  Late 20th Century, Late 20th Century, 21st Century


Katrine Ring: A hand for Holmboe

27 April 2013  Headphone Commute

In order to appreciate the full scale of A Hand for Holmboe, one must begin listening to this release with the included bonus CD, which features original chamber concertos by Vagn Holmboe, a Danish neo-classical composer. After an hour-long performance, which is not the subject of this review, one may turn their attention to the actual album. The ten pieces on A Hand for Holmboe are Katrine Ring’s interpretations of selected Holmboe’s works. By remixing suitable movements, Ring created a collage of arranged and triggered samples that evoke particular state of recognition of original works within the final juxtaposed puzzle. Additional field recordings, such as the purring of a cat and the sounds of tea being poured into cups (on the appropriately titled “A Nice Cup of Tea, Please!”) are sprinkled over this functional deconstruction.

The result is a DJ inspired loop-based composition which works within the context of classical and electronic music techniques. Picture a techno surgeon working his splicing skills on works by Philip Glass, and you’ve got just a glimpse of A Hand for Holmboe.

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