Boomkat Product Review:
Necessary reissue of a NWW-list and Creel Pone certified, 1975 Romanian spectralist zinger by Costin Miereanu, who is hailed by Keith Fullerton Whitman in the same breath as Xenakis and who has developed something of a cult following for his 1980s series of albums on his own Poly-Art imprint, skirting the border of ambient music and minimalism in highly individual ways.
Originally the 7th part of Cramps’ 'Nova Musicha' series, ‘Luna Cinese’ was the debut release by Bucharest-born and Darmstadt schooled composer Miereanu and dives into more explicitly experimental terrain. It was written in the years following his studies under Stockhausen and Ligeti in the late ‘60s, and prior to taking up a professorship at the Sorbonne in the early ‘80s, and by all accounts stands as the highlight of his catalogue.
We’ve heard a fair few Romanian spectralists works, but not this one, and can confirm it’s a belter. Perhaps less austere than many we’ve come across, it’s a richly imaginative and ahead-of-its-time elision of traditional Romanian musics with unfathomably layered tapes, synths, and electro-acoustic techniques and spoken word that slots somewhere between some found instructional audio tape from another era and the sort of unfathomable arthouse audio transcription epitomised by Arthur Lipsett’s inexplicably moving ‘Soundtracks’.
Amounting to an inception-like dreamsphere, or what the composer described as “the kind of 'woven' silence you find on mountains – occasionally disturbed by irregular and very dense insertions – the kind of intense noise you find in the city”- it’s a disorientating but mesmerising listen we’re going to relish spending a good bit of time wandering thru after hours.