CD Reviews

Sebastian Lexer, Evan Parker, Eddie Prévost – Tri-Borough Triptych

November 16, 2013

CD Matchless Recordings When I was seventeen, I undertook an A-Level course in Ceramics. My tutor, a relatively young man who seemed to have a second life as a wood sculptor at the back of the room while his students worked, was a good man who set about the thankless task of trying to teach […]

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Sebastian Lexer, Christoph Schiller – Luftwurzeln

October 5, 2012

CD Matchless Old and new. This new CD on Matchless by Sebastian Lexer and Christoph Schiller keeps bringing these opposite ends of a spectrum to mind. If Schiller has taken an old instrument, a spinet, and approached it in new ways, then so has Lexer, whose Piano+ digital enhancements of a standard grand piano are […]

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CD Reviews

Sunday 31st January

January 31, 2010

Still not well, spent the first half of the day in bed but listening to Lost Daylight, the new Another Timbre album by John Tilbury and Sebastian Lexer almost exclusively. I have listened to this album a great deal over the past couple of weeks, initially sitting in awe of it and later spending time really trying to understand it better. It is in many ways a CD in two halves. The first half an hour of the disc consists of five performances by Tilbury of piano works by the American minimalist composer Terry Jennings. There then follows a forty minute recording by both Tilbury and Lexer of John Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano, a work from 1964 that was written for David Tudor. The album can be divided between the two not only simply by composer but also through the very different approach to aesthetics and beauty. In fact, it could almost be said that the two halves sit in complete contrast to each other, almost standing as a neat analogy for some of the main issues tackled by 20th Century composition.

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CD Reviews

Thursday 20th August

August 20, 2009

OK, so only one post today, but I’ve tried to make it a good one… Months ago, around the time Sebastian Lexer finished one stage of  his PhD studies he told me that now he felt that the technical  side of his academic research into the Max MSP system he had been developing was complete, he […]

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