BLOCK, OLIVIA - KARREN (LP)


"Karren is a two-movement electroacoustic-orchestral composition.The first movement, Foramen Magnum, is an electroacoustic/concrčte piece created from heavily processed field recordings taken from orchestral rehearsals and various public locations, including museums and zoos. The second movement, Opening Night, is a layered orchestral score performed by the Chicago Composer's Orchestra, with whom I recorded and worked for several years in order to complete this project. Thematically, Karren includes several personal interests and areas of study, including my recent work in anthropology and sociology. Erving Goffman's dramaturgical metaphor described in The Presentation of Self in Every Day Life is a lens through which the entire composition, presented on vinyl, might be viewed as a metaphor for the self. The act of turning the vinyl disc over to play one side or another highlights the binary quality of the metaphor. Side one of the record plays the chaotic, angular and unsettling "back stage" sounds of Foramen Magnum, while the other side plays the smooth "front stage" sounds the orchestral layers of Opening Night. The term "foramen magnum" literally means "large hole" or "large opening" in Latin. In anthropological terms, it is the name of the opening in the base of the human skull that allows the spine to connect with the brain. The position of the human foramen magnum is crucial to the evolution of bipedalism. The titles frame the composition with images of openingsan opening into a human skull on one side of the record and an opening into night on the other side." (O.Block)
soon in stock - please pre-order | US| 2013| SEDIMENTAL | 17.90


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