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Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood debuts on his newly minted classical music label, Octatonic Records, with his and Oliver Coates’ killer performance of ‘Industry’; a fierce 1992 composition by Michael Gordon (Bang On A Can).
Issued in the same week as Octatonic’s first catalogue # - a pressing of J S Bach ‘Volume 1: Partita No.2 in D Minor’ - ‘Industry Water’ revolves around a rapturous exploration of avant-garde classicism in Coates & Greenwood’s take on ‘Industry’, while Greenwood yields a striking, original work ‘Three Miniatures from Water’, inspired by his studies of Olivier Messiaen.
On ‘Industry’ Oliver Coates performs Michael Gordon's composition for cello, while Greenwood is credited with “distortion.” The distortion is key to the piece’s exploration of “Difference Tones”, an acoustic phenomena whereby two loud notes played simultaneously result in a tone lower in pitch than the original notes, effectively suppressing each other. Over the course of the piece the distortion only becomes more hairy, making the whole thing bristle stressing certain phrases right into the red until it really boots off in the final, shredding throes.
In a smart contrast, the other side unfurls Greenwood’s beautifully sanguine original work ‘Three Miniatures from Water.’ Widely acknowledged as a keen disciple of Messiaen’s complex but meditative style, Greenwood puts his nous to great use in a richly hypnagogic stroke of Far Eastern-looking Tanpura drones played by himself and Nicolas Magriel, and very subtly embroidered with Piano, Violin, Cellos and Double Bass.