HENRY, PIERRE: Labyrinthe!
A birthday record from 2003, made from 58 fragments of sound sent to Henry by 7 composers, reworked by him into this massive 10-part work. A highly musical (and therefore, in a way, old-fashioned) composition whose structure is articulated, flexible and capricious. It evolves with contrasts and takes its time, but that time remains on a human scale, a performer's scale. The sounds are not over-processed, remaining transparent and giving the impression almost of having been played in responsive time. Track 8 is classic, and a plunderphone. Comes with a fat, glossy booklet that races through Henry's musical biography with notes by PH himself.