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Various Artists: CDCM Computer Music Series, Vol. 7: Ear Studios at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tr

Track List

>Vocal Chords
>Robert Johnson Sampler, A
>Lion's Tale
>Child and the Moon-Tree
>Visions of a Summer Night: Excerpt(s)

Album Notes

The seventh installment in this long-running series features compositions that were recorded predominantly in the late '80s; a landmark time in the evolution of digital processing and samplers. While some of the music sounds dated and primitive in execution, it serves as an interesting barometer to hear how much digital technology and synthesis have come in such a short span of time. Leading off with Neil B. Rolnick "Vocal Chords," a female singer scats her way though various exercises (a concept later emulated by Carl Craig on his More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art album) all the while finding her voice awash in digital delays and reverbs. Rolnick's second brilliant contribution takes samples from Robert Johnson's catalog (or what appear to be samples) and turns them into a digital collage. Pioneer Pauline Oliveros once again knocks one out of the ball park with her composition, "Lion's Tale," as does Barton McLean's somber "Visions of a Summer Night," which takes various sounds and sensations normally associated with summer, and recreates them in a MIDI-rich environment. While it's not the strongest volume in the series, it is most definitely worth a listen for curious students of the digital media to observe how accelerated music technology has become in the past decade. ~ Rob Theakston


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