Boomkat Product Review:
What a reissue this is.
Electroacoustic composer Annea Lockwood left her native New Zealand in the early sixties, working her way through prestigious music schools in London and Cologne (the Royal College Of Music and the Musikhochschule, respectively) and performing across the globe. Seventy-six of those performances were live reworkings of her LP The Glass World (recorded between 1968 and 1970), something of a lost masterpiece in the electroacoustic music canon.
Lockwood focuses attention on the smallest, most sonorous of sounds on The Glass World, from the striking of gongs, to the resonant properties of wine glasses and water. Rather than allowing post-production treatments to overwhelm her pieces, Lockwood allows the raw acoustic material to speak for itself much of the time, revealing a hidden universe of alien sounds from everyday sources. The Glass World takes up all but one track on this disc - the final piece here being 1970's Tiger Balm, a nineteen-minute trawl through primal, sensuous sonic matter, developed while Lockwood had been working on a series of programs for the BBC.