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This album brings together five early electronic pieces from Charlemagne Palestine, namely: 'Sine Tone Study' (1967), 'Open Closing' (1968), 'Seven Organism Study' (1968), 'Negative Sound Study' (1969) and 'Timbral For Pran Nath' (1970). Inspired by the incendiary, pioneering electronic music of Pierre Schaefer, Tod Dockstader and Edgard Varese, Palestine set about experimenting with the most fundamental and basic tools in the electronic repertoire, working his way from simple sine wave setups through to the more evolved Buchla systems installed at New York University's Intermedia Centre. This is exciting, radical stuff that's far more tied in to the ethics of 20th century minimalism than it is the GRM school of the '60s, and there's a palpable sense of the composer reveling in the pure, primordial qualities of electronic signals - particularly when taking those first tentative steps on 'Sine Wave Study'. The key composition here might just be 'Negative Sound Study' however, whose extended duration and sophisticated sonorities find Palestine in exciting, confrontational form.