Horațiu Rădulescu: Plasmatic Music / Dunscombe, Lane, Rădulescu

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Sam Dunscombe writes: “This release marks Volume 4 in Mode’s Rădulescu Edition. The three works on this release explore different aspects of Rădulescu’s theory of...
Sam Dunscombe writes: “This release marks Volume 4 in Mode’s Rădulescu Edition. The three works on this release explore different aspects of Rădulescu’s theory of Sound Plasma as it evolved over the course of the 1970s, from Rădulescu’s early to middle periods. Capricorn’s Nostalgic Crickets (1972) presents a simple pulse of spectrally dense sound events, described in the composer’s own words as a “PULSE-TIDE of MUSIC and SILENCE.” The seven clarinetists should transcend their instrumental selves, coming together to evoke the sounds of the natural world — the timbres of electronic music, the magical and phonetic aspects of language, even other instruments. This is to be done in the most fluid way possible, never dwelling on any one interaction but rather creating a sense of a whole universe of sounds constantly evolving and decaying. Small Infinities’ Togetherness (1972) is the shimmering articulation of a single sound spectrum (that of a low ‘D’) that shifts between harmonicity and inharmonicity, spectral narrowness and spectral width. The version presented on this album features two archival recordings of Rădulescu playing organ (the original tape from Fountains of My Sky) and synthesiser (initially intended as a backing track for a duo version with Fernando Grillo). These are augmented with two sound groups recorded in the period between 2018–21, one of electronics (analogue and digital synthesis together with tape manipulation) and one of acoustic instruments (a set of Rădulescu’s original Romanian folk wooden flutes, and a specially tuned sound icon). In Opus 42: Inner Time / Outer Time (1980-83), paired compositions presented together here for the first time, a spectrum of odd number harmonics is deconstructed and rebuilt by overlaid flutes and clarinets, the instruments’ natural variations of pitch causing the total sonic mass to seethe and boil.”


Product Description:


  • Release Date: June 17, 2022


  • UPC: 764593033929


  • Catalog Number: MOD-CD-339


  • Label: Mode Records


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Contemporary


  • Composer: Horațiu Rădulescu


  • Performer: Sam Dunscombe, Sam Dunscombe, Horatiu Radulescu, Rebecca Lane