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BIMSTEIN, PHILLIP: Larkin Gifford's Harmonica
Some of you will have his Garland Hirschi's Cows. This collection follows in the same wry, storytelling vein, using found sounds, electronic music techniques, interview recordings and instrumental scorings (large and small) to form exquisite, non-academic, pieces that fall between all genres (he calls it alternative classical) and appeal to a very immediate human interest in other people's lives and memories. Rich in atmosphere and nostalgia, these modest gems speak of a world that is lost and will never return. In other words these works are not merely musical; they are meditations and invocations of life already faded into myth.