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Amirkhanian: Walking Tune
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Laurie Anderson describes the music on Walking Tune as "descriptive, specific, lush, and oddly exotic." The composer is Charles Amirkhanian, a leading practitioner of electroacoustic music and text-sound composition, and a... more »
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Laurie Anderson describes the music on Walking Tune as "descriptive, specific, lush, and oddly exotic." The composer is Charles Amirkhanian, a leading practitioner of electroacoustic music and text-sound composition, and an "expert at the sort of thing his imitators do not do half so well as he" (The New York Times). "The art of audio collage has been reinvented here," writes Anderson. "I'm reminded of Brian Eno's music for imaginary films, although Charles takes this idea much farther." The CD presents the premiere recording of one of Amirkhanian's most well-known and warmly received works, Walking Tune ? A Room-Music for Percy Grainger. Anderson comments: "Mixing the real and the imaginary is a skill that very few composers have. Charles jumps back and forth between these worlds with delightful ease, his curiosity and humor always evident. But in Walking Tune ? and many of the other pieces he's done over his long career ? this skill is mixed with a sensibility that is elegiac." Other premiere recordings include the invigorating Chu Lu Lu, a dense one-minute "commercial" commissioned by the American Center in Paris, and the playful Gold and Spirit, commissioned by the 1984 Olympics Arts Festival in Los Angeles. The latter piece realizes a cherished Amirkhanian ambition: to create cheers based on artists' names. Hence we hear such group cheers as "Go Van Gogh," "Ray Man Ray," and "Marcel - Duh Champ." The CD also contains the slyly witty Vers Les Anges, a tribute to Nicolas Slonimsky, and the hauntingly somber Bajanoom, titled from the Armenian word for "separation." Walking Tune is "One of the Year's 20 Best CDs," according to the Electronic Music Foundation.
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Allen Salyer | Troy, MI United States | 01/10/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Charles Amirkhanian's "Walking Tune" is an extended spoken-word portrait of late American composer Morton Feldman incorporating his recorded speeches and conversations. It's also an homage to Australian-American composer Percy Grainger where haunting violin melodies and fragments of Bach are combines with out-of-doors sounds like geese honks and swarms of hummingbirds to convey Grainger's own praise of nature, using "memory triggers" to create the presence of a person. Stimulating."