DE MARINIS, PAUL: Music as a second language

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A fascinating collection; Marinis is really in a class of his own; he extracts or constructs melodies from voices taken from all manner of sources: language instruction recordings, hypnotists, televangelists Chinese radio, court proceedings and an Indonesian lullaby, which he re-synthesises and arranges, or assigns to virtual instruments. Descriptions don't help here, the art is in the listening, in the way he makes the voice unreal but more real; gets closer to the voice by alienating it. They sound so good and, moreover, his text selection is pretty gripping. This is a joy to listen to. Nicely packaged, good composer note.

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