Saturday, September 17, 2011
Gérard Grisey - Les espaces acoustiques (Asko Ensemble, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln)
Spectralism: music composed with certain timbral and note choices informed by analysing sound spectra.
Too hard to grasp? Yeah doesn't really matter. What it boils down to, is that a composer is taking great care with the science of sound, which greatly affects the compositional method.
Grisey, and this cycle, which took over a decade to compose, are synonymous with the style. It can be haunting, minimalist, calm, crushing, and frightening; a combination of all that is great about twentieth-century classical.
Les espaces acoustiques