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Douglas Lilburn, "Complete Electro-Acoustic Works"

Douglas Lilburn was already an award-winning composer when he turned from conventional music to focus on electronic music, founding New Zealand’s first electronic music studio at Victoria University of Wellington in the late 1960s. The three CDs and the DVD comprising this collection contain many valuable pieces that highlight Lilburn’s contributions to the electronic form.

 

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Lilburn was particularly interested in evoking New Zealand’s natural environment, which he does through meditative drones. Using electronics to replicate concrete elements like ocean waves and birds, he also adds conceptual touches like the stretched tones mimicking bird flight in “Sounds and Distances.” Although he doesn’t often use voices in his work, when he does they are among his better pieces. One of the best tracks is “The Return,” which uses a Maori woman’s voice as a compositional element before turning to a man’s recitation of Alistair Campbell’s poem of the same name.

In addition to his more formal works, included here are his studies documenting his experimentation with singular ideas or techniques, such as the two separate groups each collectively entitled “Five Toronto Pieces,” which were recorded six years apart, as well as a soundtrack for a dance sequence. The DVD contains a few all-too-short excerpts from films that find Lilburn demonstrating his techniques and talking about his ideas, two songs reproduced in four channels as he originally intended, and an illuminating audio interview.

One commonality among these different musical projects is the meticulousness with which they were created. Lilburn struggled with the primitive equipment he had at his disposal and his poise and patience are evidenced in every recording. Rather than settling for unpredictable effects, he took the time to study the technology in depth and harness it to his own end. There are a few places in the collection that hit an introspective plateau and lose some momentum, but for the most part each disc is arranged non-chronologically in a way that balances the different dynamic levels found in Lilburn’s works. I found the third disc to be the most consistently rewarding, yet the other two discs hit peaks just as high.

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A Northern Chorus

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Review of the Day

slag boom van loon, "so soon"
The original tracks were by µ-Ziq's Mike Paradinas and Speedy J's Joachim Papp, the disc here is remixes from Coil, Boards of Canada, Matmos, Four Tet, µ-Ziq, Tiper, Horse Opera, and Pole. The good thing is that if you love these bands, you won't be let down. All the remixes pretty much sound like the group doing the remix. Fout Tet's got a beefy and beaty contribution, Boards of Canada's bookends are serene and liquid, and the highlight is most certainly the Coil mix which nearly approaches 10 minutes, with scraping sounds, a chilling marimba and orchestral loop, and thunderous low rumblings. What's the point of releasing "remix" albums under your own name? It should just be considered a various-artists compilation but there's legal ramifications surrounding how you credit those whose fingers have been in the mix. It's great, it's dark, it's light. You are a fan of many of these bands so you might as well get it.

 

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