Michael Gordon: Cello Octet Amsterdam

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8 is part of a series of works by Michael Gordon that
began with Timber for six percussionists, and
includes Rushes for seven bassoonists
and Amplified for four electric guitarists. Each of these
works is meant to induce a quasi-meditative, almost
ecstatic state, in the listener as well as the performer.
In essence, the recording of 8 also explores the
dimensional quality of sound. The eight cellists of Cello
Octet Amsterdam are positioned in a circle, and the
passages they play travel around the circle in both
directions, call-and-response style. If you're in the
middle of the circle, you can hear the dimensionality
and perspective of the sound clearly. When listening
closely to the recording, you can hear the bass notes
traveling in space independently of the melody line.
Each cellist plays both the melody and the bass,
switching back and forth in a choreography of
musical roles.
'I think of this a bit like moving from two-dimensional
art to three-dimensional art,' says Gordon. 'Sound isn't
a flat line — now it takes on multiple roles in space
and time. So it’s a sculpture of three dimensions.'
Item number CA21159
Barcode 713746315924
Release date 28/05/2021
Label Cantaloupe Music
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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