Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Big City Orchestra – Nereids (2011)

  • Drone 
  • Musique concrète
  • Electro-acoustic
  • Modern classical
  • Spoken word
  • Radiophonic art
  • Non-music
  • Sound art
  • Avant-garde
  • Experimentalism
  • Improvised music

Comment: The California-based Big City Orchestra is one of those groups whose impact needs to be re-discovered and re-evaluated regarding (in particular) experimental music history. Highly prolific, they embarked on at the end of the 70s with contributions to different avant-garde music genres and styles (industrial music, experimental electronica, sound-art, spoken word, radiophonic music). Furthermore, they had been an important figure regarding the tape music scene throughout the 80s (which flourishes at the moment once gain). However, regarding Nereids it can be said they used to be highly talented at the moment either because of moving from one genre to another with effortless easiness. More concretely, for instance, there is represented drone music which is placed somewhere in between contemporary exquisite drone pop (a la Lee Noble) and more experimental approach of the noted style. It is also worthy to dive into the collective`s weird approach pertaining of (modern) classical music mixed up with bare, glitch-y electronics, gloomy `talkative` experiments and much more sonic explorations which are not submitted to words anymore. Devastating from any angle of the view.   
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