June 17, 2010

Propellers in Love - Arnold Dreyblatt and The Orchestra of Excited Strings

Currently Professor of Media Art at the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel, Germany, Arnold Dreyblatt is an American media artist and composer. He has charted his own unique course in composition and music performance, inventing a set of new and original instruments, performance techniques, and a system of tuning. Often characterised as one of the more rock-oriented of American minimalists, Dreyblatt has cultivated a strong underground base of fans for his transcendental and ecstatic music with his Orchestra of Excited Strings.

Dreyblatt's ensemble, consisting of altered, adapted, and prepared instruments are in just intonation and play drones or repeated tones, setting up heady resonances with a continually changing and complex matrix of overtones. By adding drums and other percussion, and by writing fast, sometimes furious tempos, Dreyblatt avoids the dreamy and sometimes stultifying effect that is a part of so much drone music. The entire six-part title track is lively and vibrant. High Life is similar in spirit to La Monte Young and Alvin Lucier, with its nonstop drone and lavish array of overtones to inspect and exult in. –Option
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