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Alvin Curran: Solo Works - The 70s

Audio Samples

>Curran, Alvin : Songs and Views from the Magnetic Garden
>Curran, Alvin : Light Flowers Dark Flowers
>Curran, Alvin : Canti Illuminati 1, for voice, tape & synthesizer
>Curran, Alvin : Canti Illuminati 2, for vocal ensemble, piano, tape & synthesizer
>Curran, Alvin : The Works

Album Summary

>Curran, Alvin : Songs and Views from the Magnetic Garden
>Curran, Alvin : Light Flowers Dark Flowers
>Curran, Alvin : Canti Illuminati 1, for voice, tape & synthesizer
>Curran, Alvin : Canti Illuminati 2, for vocal ensemble, piano, tape & synthesizer
>Curran, Alvin : The Works
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Notes & Reviews:

This historic collection gathers together the four seminal solo albums recorded by Alvin Curran (b. 1938) in the 1970s. Two, Fiori Chiari Fiori Oscuri and The Works, are making their first appearance on CD. Author/critic Tim Page, an early advocate of these works, writes, "Curran weaves electronic technology, an occasional acoustic instrument, voices and musique concrète ("found" music) into a multi-hued tapestry of sound. He holds these dissimilar elements together with a compelling subliminal musical consciousness; the listener never feels that Curran is deliberately being clever, or that he is out to impress, shock or self-consciously 'expand the musical language.' Curran's eclecticism is not willful; his sounds are there because they fit, and they convey a subtle and ingratiating sense of mysticism. These challenging, multi-faceted compositions manage, through their very catholicity, to synthesize and perfect a striking new musical syntax uniquely Curran's own."

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REVIEWS:

The Wire (p.58) - "Appearing on vinyl between 1974 and 1982, this music sounded mysterious and unique. It still does..."



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Works Details

>Curran, Alvin : Songs and Views from the Magnetic Garden
  • Performer: Alvin Curran (Tapes)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Curran, Alvin : Light Flowers Dark Flowers
  • Performer: Alvin Curran (Tapes)
  • Running Time: 51 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974

>Curran, Alvin : Canti Illuminati 1, for voice, tape & synthesizer
  • Performers: Alvin Curran (Synthesizer); Alvin Curran (Tapes)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Curran, Alvin : Canti Illuminati 2, for vocal ensemble, piano, tape & synthesizer
  • Performers: David Thoener (Voice); Alessandro Bruno (Voice); Pierluigi Castellano (Voice); Sista Carandini (Voice); Nicola Bernardini (Voice); Manuela Garroni (Voice); Luca Miti (Voice); Giorgio Caruano (Voice); Elisabeth Bordes-Page (Voice); Antonio Cesareni (Voice); Antonella Talamonti (Voice); Alvin Curran (Tapes); Alvin Curran (Synthesizer); Alvin Curran (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Curran, Alvin : The Works
  • Performer: Alvin Curran (Tapes)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976