Guitarist Muñoz owes a lot to the modal ecstatic jazz of Impulse! records period John Coltrane. At one time the replacement for Sonny Sharrock in the Pharoah Sanders band, he is here joined by saxophonist Sanders – another influence in his composing – Rashied Ali (percussion), Bernie Senenski (piano), and Don Pate (bass).
Clean burning guitar lines with a real nice distorted tone reminiscent of Sharrock (Ask The Ages on Axiom), early ’70’s Mahavishnu John McLaughlin or the *spiritual* Carlos Santana (without the latin percussion and specifically on Illuminations with Alice Coltrane). I know I’ll be looking forward to other releases by Tisziji Muñoz. (Pronounced: Tiss-see-jee Moon-yos)
Rainforest (Versions I & IV)
In a way, there were two David Tudors. There was the pianist who premiered many pieces of New Music for piano (Stockhausen, Cage, Feldman, Young). There was also the electro-acoustic composer/performer who conceived the music on this cd.
Objects are rigged with contact microphones, fed in to Tudor built filters and a mixing board. The results are then amplified through speakers. The objects pick up these vibrations creating a feedback loop of sound that is controlled by the composer and/or assistants. And yes, at times it does sound like an alien electronic rainforest with strange creaking and groaning. A classic before it was even released.
Columbia-Princeton Music Center
New World Records
An excellent sampling of electro-acoustic music that came out of the legendary Columbia-Princeton Music Center from 1961 to 1973. Composers include: Bülent Arel, Daria Semegen, Ilhan Mimaroglu, Ingram Marshall, Alice Shields and Charles Dodge (who’s classic Earth’s Magnetic Field is reissued here for the 1st time on CD).
Includes extensive liner notes with an article by Alice Shields detailing the center, Sound Sources in the Classical Analog Studio, Analog Sound Manipulation, notes on the music, biographical information on the composers, selected works and recordings by the composers and a selected bibliography.
Originally published online at Juxtaposition Ezine.