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C.C. Hennix realizes Stockhausen’s ‘Unbegrenzt’ in a jaw-dropping addition to her revelatory series of unheard archival works issued by the honourable Blank Forms Editions and Empty Editions
Following resounding acclaim for releases of ‘Selected Early Keyboard Works’ and ‘Selections from 100 Models of Hegikan Roku’ in recent years, Hennix’s percussive, electronic take on ‘Unbegrenz’, recorded in 1974, calls for the Swedish polymath to intuitively, poetically interpret a series of 15 text pieces written by Stockhausen in Paris during May 1968. The results reveal her uniquely jazz-honed instincts and feel for affective tunings channelled into an extraordinary 50 minutes of roiling, deep inner space music abstraction calls to mind everything from Marginal Consort to Michael Ranta, Pauline Oliveros and Roland Kayn, but laced through with a elusive, darkly immanent spirit that keeps us utterly transfixed to everything C.C. Hennix deems worthy of release.
Hennix’s take on the canonical Stockhausen work, issued in 1969 on Shandar, applies her instrumental and compositional rigour to the original, gutting its frillier bits and rendering a more minimal version tense with intrigue and controlled, biting-point feedback. Stockhausen’s original score instructed to “play a sound with the certainty that you have an infinite amount of time and space,” and Hennix takes that cue remarkably to heart, providing an alternate score that collapses her deeply engrained jazz skills, forged in Stockholm’s renowned ‘60s scene, into darkest vapours of computer noise, anti-anticipatory percussion and keening, perpendicular drones strewn with recitations of text fragments from the millennia-old Hevajra Tantra.
We can’t explain it but there’s something so visceral about Hennix’s work here, and elsewhere, done in a way so many early electronic recordings somehow dont quite measure up to, making it vital nearly half a century later.