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Christ almighty, this is a quite astonishingly special release, courtesy of Mego's Stephen O'Malley-curated Ideologic Organ imprint. O'Malley has dug into the archive and come out with something which has completely rewired our brains and refreshed our ears: four extended recordings by Hungarian-Swedish composer Akos Rozmann.
Having spent his life immersed in classical training at the esteemed Bartok Conservatory and Liszt Academy, Rozmann (1939-2005) fell under the spell of electronics, and disavowed conventional orchestral work entirely, declaring that it "had no future". One thing that did persist throughout his life was his spirituality, his Catholic worldview gradually ceding ground to the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.
The pieces featured on this release are excerpts from his monumental 12 stationer (12 stations), composed at the famed EMS studio between 1978 and 2001 as an interpretation of the Tibetan Wheel of Life, and they're just incredible - works of concrete and electro-acoustic devotion that navigate serene harmony and furious abstraction with unbelievable passion and authority, bringing to mind such greats as Messiaen, Parmegiani, Penderecki, Macchi, Stockhausen and of course Rozmann's hero, Pierre Henry. "During his lifetime Rozmann never sought, nor did he win any mentionable recognition," writes Mats Lindstrom in his accompanying notes.
"As a true modernist, he didn’t compose with an audience or the critics in mind. His mission was to compose for the future. It was his conviction that the mystical energy for compositional work should derive straight from God."