Download of the Week: Gavin Bryars, Philip Jeck, Alter Ego
Gavin Bryars' "The Sinking of the Titanic" is, to my mind, a beautiful piece of work. I've been on the lookout for the original LP version which was released on Brian Eno's Obscure Records label in 1975 (it is Obscure No. 1!) which includes the equally sublime "Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet". Today's pick was recorded at the 49th International Festival of Contemporary Music at The Venice Biennale on October 1, 2005 at the Teatro Maliban. It features Gavin Bryars on double bass, Philip Jeck on turntables, and the Italian ensemble Alter Ego on Strings, Brass, Wind, Percussion, Keyboard, Tape Recorder and sound design. And the results are, again to my mind, lovely and deep with one of the hugest heapings of sad submerged nostalgia you're likely to encounter on record.
Philip Jeck is responsible for the layers of crackling memory, while Alter Ego add solemn acoustic sounds to put things in place while Gavin Bryars saws away at remorse melodically. If you go for this sort of thing, you'll want to jump on this record and the amazingly good news is it is priced like a single!
From the Boomkat review of the CD:
The sounds are merged together effortlessly to form a fog of harmony and memory, perfectly melting the themes which Bryars intended his piece to convey in the first place. Really words can't do justice to 'The Sinking of the Titanic', like William Basinski's 'The Disintegration Loops' there is a timelessness, a patience and an ineffable beauty to this music that is almost impossible to describe. Unique, flawless and totally essential music.You can download all 72+ minutes worth of The Sinking of the Titanic (1969- ) in FLAC or WAV format from Bleep for $1.99!