Boomkat Product Review:
First ever vinyl reissue of a totemic avant garde/minimalist classic.
The maestro Charlemagne Palestine’s seminal and sought-after Strumming Music is finally made available on vinyl for the first time since its 1974 pressing on the legendary Shandar label, returning one of thee most hypnotic iterations of ‘70s minimalist avant garde composition to its original format.
Originally issued in the same year as the entrancing Four Manifestations On Six Elements, Palestine’s Strumming Music is a work developed over the course of five years utilising a note alternation technique with the sustain pedal of the piano constantly depressed. This technique allows the undampened strings to resonate and compound with each other creating complex mixtures of pure strummed sonority and their overtones, no electronics or special tunings are utilized; only the finest instrument available, the Rolls Royce of pianos, “Bosendorfer” of Vienna.
The result is a sublime cascade of keys that swells with an infinite, transcendent majesty, making a clean break with practically most piano pieces before it and seemingly releasing the instrument from its harmonic shackles thru a deceptively simple gesture. Or in other words; a breathtaking and spine tingling 55 minutes of the most beautiful music one could ever hope to hear. We’re melting right now.