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KAYN, ROLAND - A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound

Format: 16 x CD BOX
Label & Cat.Number: Frozen Reeds fr7/22
Release Year: 2017
Note: first ever release of KAYN's epic, 14 hour piece "A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound", finalized in 2009 (KAYN died early 2011); being famous for his 'cybernetic music' releases like "Simultan", "Infra", or "Tektra", this late opus in 21 movements stands in the same tradition of electronic music; audio restoration by JIM O'ROURKE, boxset edition of 750 copies
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"Roland Kayns truly epic A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound is both a major late opus and a summation of his vast contribution to the fields of electronic music and composition. Hearing the briefest passage of this piece, assembled in 2009 and totalling almost fourteen hours in length, is enough to date the material it is comprised of back to the era of his noteworthy LP boxed sets, released on the Colosseum label in the late 70s and early 80s.
Kayns so-called cybernetic music, to use the term he preferred, resolutely refuses to showcase the methods employed in its creation. The mass of logical interactions and correspondences underpinning the sounds we hear are submerged so deeply below the surface as to defy analysis. We are left only with the results, which grant the listener a profound and unique experience.
With A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound, Kayn provides both a vast sonic territory and the invitation to explore it. From glacial, drone-like vistas to violent staccato sequences, the pieces twenty-two movements chart the length and breadth of electronic music in as comprehensive a manner as has ever been attempted.
The resurgence of the modular synthesizer as a popular musical tool in recent years belies the possibility that its boldest virtuosi may already lie in the instruments past. In his work in Europes electronic music studios alongside colleagues such as Leo Kpper and Jaap Vink, Kayn created sonic textures in such abundant variety as to make genre categorisation redundant. Photographs
of the one-off, hand-built systems upon which they were realised have inspired the awe of electronic-music connoisseurs for years, but their output has been all too little heard and appreciated.
In 2017, Roland Kayn represents perhaps one of the last titanic figures of 20th-century music to receive their due recognition, and to have their vital music restored to availability.
Sixteen-CD boxed set. Edition of 750. Audio restoration by Jim ORourke. Artwork by Robert Beatty."