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Geelriandre/Arthesis is named for the pieces that fill its two sides. Geelriandre, realized on an ARP 2500 synthesizer in 1972, featuring Gérard Fremy on prepared piano, for whom the piece was originally composed. Arthesis, realized using the University of Iowa's Moog in 1973, comprises the full duration of side B.
The first of the two half-hour pieces 'Geelriandre' was made on an ARP Synthesizer in 1972 accompanied by Gérard Fremy on Piano, and finally recorded at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, December 1979. In its 29 minute life-span the world seems to gradually slow down spinning on its axis, everything feels measured to a deeply attuned internal clock. The ARP provides layers of wavering tones which gradually accumulate, dissipate and re-emerge with a subliminal quality while sensitively struck percussion - gongs and other, sharper metallic objects - mark out time with a saintly, opiated patience.
Then there's 'Arthesis' - realised on the Moog Synthesizer at the University of Iowa in 1973, a track which makes you feel like part of your consciousness is folding back into itself. A low, low hum starts out in the left channel before overtones gradually bleed into the right ending with a moebius strip-like circuit. After another 15 minutes or so both channels appear to start swooning in a kind of elliptical syncopation, leaving you utterly transfixed and dazed by the end.
Hearing these pieces now, in our over-saturated soundsphere, the effect is nothing short of radical and deeply, unforgettably affective. If you're seeking something literally extra-ordinary, which seems to displace time altogether, these pieces will greatly enrich your mind. When this material was originally released in 2003 on Fringes Recordings it was available in a greater number than this run and sold out immediately, so if you know what's good...