Boomkat Product Review:
Released in conjunction with Christina Kubisch's sublime Five Electrical Walks (also out on Important Records this week) Night Flights is a reissue of the sound artist's 1987 LP. The three pieces on the album were recorded in Milan over a three-year period, a setting which Kubisch herself cites as being particularly fertile for experimental music. Apparently John Cage, Laurie Anderson and Robert Wilson were all contributors to the city's avant-garde scene of the time, though Kubisch's work, as represented here, must be regarded as some of the most important, influential sound art of its time. Night Flights is one of the most highly regarded entries in Kubisch's catalogue, out of print for some twenty years, but now unearthed for a new generation of experimentally-minded listeners to discover. The three extensive, finely detailed compositions on Night Flights tap into a different kind of electroacoustic idiom, far removed from the more familiar GRM-informed academic compositions that dominated the field during the mid-twentieth century. Instead, there's an emphasis on the layering of different sound sources to create various forms of acousmatic drone and soundscape. It's the kind of thing we're all too used to nowadays: artists like Marc Behrens, Steve Roden and jgrzinich have all tapped into this sonic universe, but Night Flights should be regarded as a key text in contemporary sound art's evolution. Very highly recommended indeed.