Solo performer: Charlemagne Palestine (Bosendorfer piano, electronics)
Recorded at The Basement Recording Studio, New York, New York from November 1973 to January 1974.
Liner Note Author: Roland Speckle.
Recording information: Basement Recording Studio, NY (11/1973-01/1974).
This seminal work of early Minimalism was originally released in 1974 as a privately pressed double LP by the Sonnabend Gallery in a limited edition of 2000. Happily, a CD version prepared by Sonic Youth's Lee Renaldo was eventually released in 1996--happily because these early-'70s electronic/piano pieces capture composer Charlemagne Palestine at one of his artistic peaks. The two lengthy electronic soundscapes, "Two Fifths" and "Three Fifths," were realized on some sort of acoustic-sounding synthesizer; sounding like pure piano overtones they possess a shimmering hard texture all their own. The three related pieces for Bosendorfer piano, "One + Two + Three Fifths In The Rhythms Three Against Two," are deceptively simple exercises that gradually build in density through the use of pedal and Palestine's "galloping" technique. "Sliding Fifths For Piano" is an overlapping series of sustained appergios, a babbling brook of pure sound, prettier than La Monte Young's similar "The Well-Tuned Piano," which it probably derives from.