Friday, 15 July 2016

Iannis Xenakis - La Légende D'Eer

I'm all for 'preserving spatial movements', aren't you? Thankfully then, that's what Martin Wurmnest has done for this, his 'remix' of Iannis Xenakis' La Legende d'Eer. It certainly sounds better than the crappy version I've had on file for years...all the better for showering my noodle with a million splinters of sound (!?) It's not pleasant, but you must take your medicine like a good girl/boy, minus the spoonful of sugar. Rumour has it Wurmnest did sweeten the pill with another remix, pushing back the electroacoustic complexities in favour of upfront EDM beats, for The Kids. I don't believe it. 

Possibly influential for certain Noiseniks (although I won't blame Xenakis for spawning monsters), La Legende d'Eer starts with very highly-pitched sounds. At this point I should warn you, they may result in your collie dog running amok, possibly rounding up sheep in a random fashion, driving them out into the road, even. Do any farmers listen to this kind of music? I wonder. Someone should do a survey. I'd be interested in the results.

Halfway through the second part things become more noisy but that's just the beginning of our descent/ascent, although as the complexities and layers increase, being as smart as he was, Xenakis threatens to destroy you before reigning in a little and maintaining a level of rumbling, bubbling, banging an' clanging before the intense rush to the end. By part 7, should you still be capable of withstanding the treatment, the tortured machinery creates, in part, what sounds like late-Coltrane, mangled by technology. Before the final part we're taken down with a low-end fighter-plane-strafing-your-head zoomy, buzzing drone towards the vapour trail off into silence. 

It's on Karlrecords ...if you think you can handle it.

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