Boomkat Product Review:
First vinyl edition of Zeitkratzer’s 2009 interpretations of the complex tunings, timbres and perceptive thought behind James Tenney’s canon, including a haunting, thrumming and thunderous spectral rendition of his ‘Koan: Having never Written a Note for Percussion’ as bonus download. RIYL Éliane Radigue, Steve Reich, Harry Partch, Harley Gaber, John Cage
“James Tenney (1934 - 2006) was a composer, music theorist and pioneer especially in the field of microtonal music, being an influential part of the so-called New York avantgarde scene (Cage, Feldman). Besides his compositional work, Tenney was teacher at various universities with students like Charlemagne Palestine, Carl Stoen or Catherine Lamb, and a close friend with Éliane Radigue.
This album by zeitkratzer presents three compositions by Tenney whose music has been part of zeitkratzer’s repertoire since their beginning: # „Critical Band“ – TENNEY’s late classic – with maximum clarity and precision of bearing tone rhythms and microtonal tuning as light effect.
# the first recording of „Harmonium #2“.
Both works demonstrate the remarkable power and resplendent sharpness which TENNEY achieved with his microtonal settings."