Boomkat Product Review:
Groundbreaking experimental compositions dating between 1958-68 from Austrian-born US composer David Behrman, digitally reissued from the Alga Marghen catalogue. Behrman is assisted by a host of major names from the 20th century avant-garde: David Tudor plays piano on the opening piece, 'Canons', supported on percussion by Christoph Caskel. This work's difficult intervals and challenging staccato nature is mirrored by the prepared piano piece 'Ricecar', whose spacious and ambiguous narrative is performed and plotted out by Behrman himself. The album's centrepiece, 'Wave Train' is a very different proposition, characterised by an otherworldy feedback-driven tapestry of drone performed live with Gordon Mumma. On 'Sounds For A Film By Bob Watts' Behrman concocts something that still feels incredibly modern, setting a template for countless microsound composers for years to come: he joins environmental recordings with mimetic synthesizer sound designs, which seem to melt into the broader soundscape like weird, metallic insects. It's a sublime electroacoustic piece from one of experimental music's true legends, and a typically innovative work on this outstanding collection.