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If you’ve ever been enchanted by the music of Eliane Radigue, Mary-Anne Amacher, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Eleh; we urge you to dive into this recording for the good of your health...
Catherine Christer Hennix’s work, realised over the past 50 years - but much of it only coming to light in the last decade - is the result of extensive studies in mathematics and computer generated composite waveforms (she was affiliated with MIT and SUNY New Paltz), drawing upon the architectural sonics of Iannis Xenakis and classical Indian vocal traditions of Pandit Pran Nath, plus inspiration from Japanese Gagaku music and the 13th century music of Perotinus and Leoninus; all of which fed into her earliest collaborations with pioneering downtown NYC musicians such as La Monte Young and Henry Flynt, and has deeply informed her ongoing, endless cycle of work ever since.
Written in response to a Henry Flynt retrospective, this is Catherine’s first 4-channel computer assisted composition since 1969 and it seems to almost effortlessly consolidate and encapsulate all of the above references - medieval and Indian vocal traditions/the elegance of Far eastern court music/ buzzing minimalist drone structures/20th century architectonics - over it’s trans-continental, anachronistic and uchronic expanse.
That may all sound quite lofty, but it’s all at the service of some of the most beautiful, transcendent music you might ever experience. And we do not use those terms flippantly. This is genuinely life-affirming music which, if we’re quite honest; makes a lot of subsequent new age meditations sound trite and fluffy by comparison, although it surely wouldn’t sound as great without them for contrast.