Friday, 19 May 2017
Raum-Musik für Saxophone - Doubles (2005)
For their 20th anniversary, the group decided to record two concerts a week apart, firstly moving through the rooms of the Badische Kunstverein art gallery with both ambient and contact microphones. These sounds were then used for the second concert in the ZKM Cube hall, with a 'loudspeaker orchestra' playing in Kunstverein recordings whilst the musicians played live again over the top.
The final results were released on this 52-minute album of 11 untitled tracks. Whilst you clearly had to be there to appreciate the full spatial effects of all these sound sources interacting together, what you do get on CD is still an intriguing and highly-listenable document of the concert in the Cube. No-one gets too overly noisy, skronky or free-jazzy (track 5 is about as lively as it gets); the players seem content for the most part to just enjoy the various live and recorded sax sounds wafting around in the echoing space, making for a recording that lends itself to repeat listens.
So what, then, was this CD of a 2005 double-concert of ambient sax trails doing sitting in an Edinburgh charity shop in May 2017, surrounded by piles of indie/chart/dance compilations? Your guess is as good as mine, but I'm glad I spotted it.
mega / zippy