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MARTUSCIELLO, ELIO: Unoccupied Areas
Tightly focused electroacoustic compositions that are austere, rich, strange and brilliantly executed. Elio has an ear like a bat and a serious antipathy toward cliché, and he never relies on repetition for structure; these pieces seem rather to grow out of themselves in surprising but somehow logical ways, like perfect exotic blooms. His is also a music of extremes, never theoretical but always grounded in the grain of the sounds themselves. Mostly highly abstract, there is also a daring tribute to Pierre Schaeffer here that is exquisitely judged. A quiet masterpiece.