Boomkat Product Review:
New York-based composer and turntablist Marina Rosenfeld follows releases for Charhizma, Softlmusic and Quakebasket with a showcase of her recorded work for Room40. 'The Conversation' is an electroacoustic work focusing on minimalist piano phrasings encased in processed incidental textures, fragments of crackle and half-formed vocals. You can even hear stammering horn phrases trying to penetrate the mix, but the whole thing remains very quiet and reined in until in its second half the piece ascends to a noisier state loaded with glitches and gnarled drone tones. Offering an imaginary meeting point between William Basinski and Tim Hecker's Radio Amor, 'In F' loops through another helping of drones and piano phrases, this time establishing a more emotive language. Elsewhere, on 'Formal Arrangement' and 'Rings/Black Circles (Version)', the idiom is all about raw electronic signals, the like of which you might hear on a vintage sci-fi soundtrack, but possibly the biggest talking point here is the inclusion of three excerpts from Rosenfeld's work Teenage Lontano, a 'cover' of Gyorgy Ligeti's 1967 composition Lontano arranged for a teenage choir. These tracks are filled with plumes of nebulous, harmonised singing, although they're strewn with interruptions - giggling, coughs, chatter and outbreaks of generic R&B warbling (and even a bit of Amy Winehouse), so quite what Rosenfeld's trying to tell us about teenagers you can deduce for yourselves. A highly recommended collection from this intriguing composer.