Boomkat Product Review:
Incredible presentation of the complete body of electronic work by Arne Nordheim who died in 2010 and received no less than a state funeral in Norway where he was a member of Oslo's International Society for Contemporary Music. Nordheim studied Musique concrète in Paris during the 1950’s and furthered his practice in Holland toward electronics and synthesis during the end of that decade - but he remains best known in Norway for his chamber music and orchestral works. 'Electric' presents a startling body of mind-throttling work that comes as essential listening if you're into anything from Bernard Parmegiani to Xenakis to Oram.
"Born in 1931 and highly active, Arne Nordheim is considered by most as the greatest living Norwegian composer, his chamber music, orchestral and various other work spanning a 40 year period. He started to get international recognition in 1960 with his orchestral work ‘Canzona per Orchestra’ and soon after began to explore the use of pre-recorded tape as part of the compositions. His electronic works were recorded in Warszaw between 1967 and 1971, and have strangely enough not been available on record since the 70s.
This releases brings together the collected electronic works of Arne Nordheim, pieces that were furiously dismissed in academic circles in Norway when they first appeared almost 30 years ago, and in a way that have put an effective stop to weaker souls. Compared to some of the more ‘famous’ electronic composers, Nordheim distinguished himself by his sheer musicality and sense of structure...Electronic boxes, electric instruments and recorded tape glide in and out as a natural part of the orchestra, in constant pursuit of magical and spellbinding timbres. The orchestral parts reveal how working with mixers and tape splicing have influenced the development of musical ideas in more traditional arrangements.”