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Vigroux, Franck / Bourne, Matthew - Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited

Vigroux, Franck / Bourne, Matthew - Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited

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Franck / Bourne,Matthew Vigroux - Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited (CD NEW)


Label: Leaf
Format: CD
Release Date: 25 Mar 2016
No. of Discs: 2

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Album Tracks

1. Geiger Counter
2. Radioactivity
3. Radioland
4. Airwaves
5. Intermission / News
6. The Voice of Energy
7. Antenna
8. Radio Stars
9. Uranium
10. Transistor
11. Ohm Sweet Ohm

2016 release. Radioland is Franck Vigroux, composer and sound artist, Perrier Jazz award-winning pianist and composer Matthew Bourne and installation artist Antoine Schmitt, In 2015, they re-imagined Kraftwerk's 1975 masterpiece Radio-Activity live on the 40th anniversary of its release, using a formidable barrage of analog equipment and live visual imagery. Jazz is apt. In the end, there are parallels between the way Radioland uses Kraftwerk's original as a jumping off point musically and the journey John Coltrane undertakes on his version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic showtune 'My Favorite Things'. While the melodies and rhythms of the original album are briefly referenced, this is not so much a cover version as a discovery version, a launchpad for analog and digital exploits that is far truer to the spirit of Kraftwerk than mere duplication. This album is an homage to their vast influence. And so, Radioland weaves its own highly individual mesh of electronics, including blizzards of analog, antique futurist percussive patterns, rewired melodies, processed versions of sounds recently discovered in space by NASA, short- and longwave radio samples, hurricanes of modulated electronics, vocoders ebbing and throbbing; it's like the detritus of 40 years of electropop all colliding at once. However, Vigroux and Bournes backgrounds in improvisation enable them to master all these forces unleashed, occasionally dropping back into periods of near-silence, Stockhausen-esque moments of eerie free floating, in which all that is audible is the sound of the universe breathing. The resulting meditation on Radio-Activity does not exceed it but expands on it, draws out its implications, marvels out how far music has travelled since 1975, and how far ahead of their time Kraftwerk was. Radioland is a unique electronic experience; to listen to it is to immerse one's self in a kind of awe.

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