“The disc is worth the asking-price for Piet-Jan van Rossum’s “Are you going out ?”, a strangely disturbing 21 minute work for tape and ensemble. True, the tape is the central element (the composer admits as much), with it’s disembodied voices and disconcerting glitches and occasional clouds of noise, but the ensemble’s commentary on it showcases the MAE’s instrumentation to great effect.”
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What do waiting, white noise and splinters have in common?
Waiting, genuine waiting, is a form of white noise. One sees white noise and waits for the image.
And this image is a small piece of beauty you have been longing for.
When this beauty (or call it happiness) arrives, she is full of splinters; some pieces broken off, some erased.
I’m not going to smooth this out, that’s not what I do.
You should know: there is a novel beauty in the corrosion of an old (sound)world. Really.
What this is about?
So, about waiting,
about pieces of beauty, it breaking or missing,
about a rustling ensemble, a rustling music, not smoothened, angry, a wooden beam full of splinters.
And, as Zarah Leander sang, ‘ich steh im Regen uns warte auf dich…’ the melancholy.