HELL, RENE - THE TERMINAL SYMPHONY (CD)


"Since 'Porcelain Opera', his debut for Type, Jeff Witscher has put out a whole series of collaborations, 7"s, tapes and splits. Looking to his love of classical minimalism Jeff took it as the starting point for this new record. The result is a deeply electronic rendition of a classical electronic formula; the digital and analogue synthesizer and drum machine sounds that brought 'Porcelain Opera' to life are reframed and transferred into a very different compositional structure. 'The Terminal Symphony' is Jeff's attempt to write tighter, more composed pieces of music ­ something of a reaction against the glut of long, often-flabby drone compositions that have become a mainstay in the scene. The pieces here are short, concise, and packed full of ideas that can take multiple listens to unravel, and the album, as a whole is almost obsessively structured and complex. An appropriate enough comparison might be arch-recluse Aphex Twin, but there is no pandering to dance music culture here. Rather Jeff has used his enviable background in noise, punk and synthesizer music to come up with something totally removed from the current Kosmische revival. The dancing synthetic blips that pirouette across Witscher's mournful electronic waves not only re-enforce the decades long love affair between electronic and classical music but help to define it in 2011." (label info)
in stock | UK| 2011| TYPE | 14.90


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