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Boomkat Product Review:
Superlative recording of Gavin Bryars performing his elegy for the Titanic accompanied by an ensemble including his four children on low strings and Philip Jeck playing improvised turntable, among others. Nearly 40 years old now, Bryar's signature and best known composition continues to undergo change and refinement in its partly pataphysical reflection of the tragedy, speculating further on the notion of Bandmaster Hartley's group performing 'Autumn' on the vertical deck of a slowly nose-diving ocean liner, and also below sea level, accompanied by the morse transmissions of Harold Bride, and how they may possibly, as Guglielmo Marconi hoped, be infinitely decaying in the briny deep, waiting for detection by more sensitive machinery. This is the 5th official live recording of the piece since 1975, following Touch's 2007 release, incorporating elements of all previous performances - including traces of Aphex Twin's 1994 remix - and uncannily coinciding with the Malaysian Airlines MH370 disaster in 2014 to remind us all of the fragility and strengths of humankind's ambition and resilience in the face of disaster.