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Both pieces commissioned by INA GRM, Lucy Railton’s piece first performed on the Acousmonium at INA GRM's Multiphonies Concert Series, Maison de la Radio, Paris 2019, Eilbacher side recorded November 2018-March 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Two side-long pieces here from GRM's new "Portraits GRM" series, an offshoot of "Recollection GRM" geared towards more recent commissions for the pioneering French experimental outfit. The first side is from Berlin-based cellist and composer Lucy Railton, who follows her mind-bending records for Modern Love and PAN with an even more ambitious piece, fusing gurgling off-world electronics with disquieting, Lynchian strings. At times 'Forma' sounds as heavenly as Stephan Mathieu and at others as doomy as The Haxan Cloak, but it never loses the sacred essence of GRM pioneers Bernard Parmegiani or Beatriz Ferreyra.
Veteran Baltimore experimental sort Max Eilbacher - of Kraut-drone splinter sect Horse Lords - handles the flip, memorializing the death of a fly by surrounding its withering wails with effervescent electronics, collapsing polyrhythms, cut-and-paste French chatter and crunchy digital noise. A surreal, almost literary attempt at narrative storytelling, it twists and turns through aural textures with a lightness, humor and joy rarely witnessed in self-consciously "experimental" music.