A vivid dream of passage narrated by experimental composer Oliveros and realized through photographs by Becky Cohen. Very limited quantity.
Spiral Mandala (1978), for four clarinets, eight crystal glasses, large bass drum (4 players), finger cymbals .
3 Songs for Soprano and Piano
3 Songs for Soprano and Piano
A New Indigo Peace - Pauline Oliveros
A New Indigo Peace for audience sing-a-long
Accordion & Voice
A quietly crucial American composer, Pauline Oliveros has been a pioneer of music that works at the confluence of tone, breath and the expansion of perceptions – an organic tone scientist breathing spirit music with the sometimes unwieldy lungs of the accordion. The eclectic Important label has offered us a nice surprise, re-issuing on CD two classic Oliveros albums from the 1980s.
Accordion & Voice, from 1982, could not be better titled. It’s a breathtakingly intimate record, with each extended (originally side-long) piece going deep. “Horse Sings From Cloud” is based on a dream Oliveros had, and offers interactive billows of sustained accordion and vocal drones, broken only by the need for breath – in the lungs of singer and accordion both. The piece is hypnotic and stately, with the vibrations of reeds and larynx combining to create the sense of a calming and centering ancient ritual.
“Rattlesnake Mountain” reveals Oliveros’ virtuosity. A meditation upon and evocation of a mountain landscape important to the composer, the piece presents long fluttering lines rising from and interacting with slowly shifting drones. Rich in the ornamentation and permutation of long melodic lines, the result might at times suggest Carnatic classical music, Sufi singing, or the grace-noted explorations of Scottish bagpipe Pibroch. But the imperatives of breath and body at the heart of Oliveros’ music bring out her own very personal musical calligraphy.
Important has given loving attention to detail in these reissues, reproducing in CD-size the LP jackets, retaining the original liner notes and adding new notes by the composer. Best of all, the CD mastering has preserved the dynamic range of the recordings.
By Kevin Macneil Brown, Dusted
Miya Masaoka & Pauline Oliveros
"Though an unlikely combination -- accordion and koto -- it is not so much about the instruments as about the energies of the music that comes from the intensity of listening -- listening as close to 'now' as possible. We know that our consciousness is delayed by a fraction of a second that the brain interprets as now -- however the body is instantaneous in its perception. Thus the phenomena of playing and becoming conscious of what has played -- been played -- is a continually surprising experience in such improvisation." --Pauline Oliveros
Alien Bog/Beautiful Soop
This release by Oliveros takes us back to the beginnings of her innovative journey, which she described in The Wire as "There was only one place I was interested in going with what I needed to express and that was inside." The music dates from 1966-67 at Mills College in California when Oliveros was using a Buchla Box synthesizer.
For drum set player.
Score is one page.
Anthology of Text Scores - Pauline Oliveros
Pauline Oliveros’ Anthology of Text Scores contains over one hundred pieces that span four decades of creative work. Collected in one comprehensive volume, these individual and group meditations, as well as solo and ensemble performance pieces are invaluable resources for performing musicians, music students, and anyone interested in the life work of one the most unique voices in modern music. Featuring an introduction by Brian Pertl.
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