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DURAND, WERNER - Hemispheres

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Blume blume 001
Release Year: 2014
Note: two side-long drone pieces (representing the two halfs of the brain) based on multiple saxophon layers, a very beautiful record by the Berlin based composer (once a member of the URBAN SAX orchestra!), reminding on PHIL NIBLOCK, etc.. lim. 200 on turqouise vinyl and with completely turqouise cover
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"Going back to his early musical inspirations in the early seventies, Werner Durand was fascinated with the multiple saxophone sounds coming from Terry Riley's Poppy Nogood and Happy Ending, Dickie Landry's Fifteen Saxophones and Ariel Kalma's Reternelle. His participation in the Parisian saxophone ensemble Urban Sax in 1976/77 became a starting point for his own musical endeavours. The 2 saxophone pieces presented here were composed and recorded roughly 10 years apart and document his move from free microtonality towards Just Intonation, to which he was turned on to as a member of Arnold Dreyblatt and the Orchestra of Excited Strings from 1990 to 1997. The 2 Hemispheres represent the 2 parts of the brain, associated with the intuitive (right) and rational (left) part. Right Hemsiphere for soprano saxwas composed in 1990 for a festival in Berlin, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the invention of the saxophone. The main idea for this piece was to make one forget what instrument one is listening to as well as to feature various unorthodox techniques like loose embouchure, false fingerings or circular breathing and a 'free' microtonaltiy. It was inspired by certain composers of microtonal music like Giacinto Scelsi, Phill Niblock, Lois V. Vierk and Mary Jane Leach. The original version of Left Hemisphere was developed between 1995 and 2000. 'Dreaming' of a certain ratio and intervals during a summer holiday in England in 1995, the piece slowly evolved over the next years. This version was recorded in 2000. The piece uses just intervals derived from the 3rd and 7th harmonics played over a sax drone. A later version for 2 tenor saxes was performed by Durand and Ulrich Krieger as part of the Just Intonation Sax Quartet namedThe Beatless Saxodrones, which existed between 2001 and 2003 in Berlin. Other piecesin their program were by James Tenney, Chiyoko Szlavnics and Ulrich Krieger. All music composed, performed, recorded and mixed by Werner Durand." [label info]