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Todmorden 513

by Markus Reuter

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Markus Reuter’s Todmorden 513 is an involving, richly textured and spellbinding composition recalling the more amorphous work of spectral and impressionistic composers but very much an original work. Todmorden is an English town north of Manchester while ‘513’ refers the piece’s construction: a sequence of 513 harmonies and triads generated and combined using an algorithmic technique of Reuter’s own design. While these patterns may be complex they’re possible to detect, at least superficially, so that listening for the changes in texture, harmony, and instrumentation is particularly rewarding.

It helps that the music is powered by a subtle, minimalist pulse, triggering the work’s more noticeable structural changes. Beyond this lesser elements and patterns unfold at different intervals so, like Brian Eno’s conceptual music, it constantly shifts to its own perceptible, yet not always understandable, logic. Employing violins, viola, cello, guitars, organ, glockenspiel, synthesisers and electronics, these instruments mesh together, in ensembles of varying size, creating a kind of gauzy web through which development takes place. Texturally its often like those wispy moments in the orchestral music of Debussy or Messiaen, combined with the tolling crawl of Feldman’s Coptic Light, but proceeding to its own rules. This is a truly stunning piece of music.

Joshua Meggitt, www.cyclicdefrost.com

credits

released January 1, 2011

Art Direction, Design – Ritxi Ostáriz
Cello – Juliane Gilbert
Composed By [Assistant] – Philipp Quaet-Faslem, Tobias Reber
Composed By, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, Organ, Glockenspiel, Electronics, Producer – Markus Reuter
Electronics – Tobias Reber
Executive Producer – Bernhard Wöstheinrich, Markus Reuter
Guitar [Sustainer] – Frieder Zimmermann
Liner Notes – Henry Warwick
Mixed By – Robert Rich
Recorder – Ulrich Pollmann
Typography [Pradell Font Design] – Andreu Balius
Viola – Wiebke Tschöpe
Violin – Karina Bellmann, Uta Maria Lempert

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