Michael Adamis ‎– A Selection Of Electroacoustic Works 1964-1977 [2CD]

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Michael Adamis ‎– A Selection Of Electroacoustic Works 1964-1977 [2CD]

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Label: Rekem Records/Mafia

Format: 2CD

Year: 2013

Prior to finding this set, I would have had trouble naming any Greek composers of 20th century experimental music aside from Xenakis, and perhaps I’m not alone here. Rekem and Mafia teamed up to deliver this glowing, marvelously detailed effort to introduce the world to one of Greece’s lesser known figures regarded as significant to the development of early electronic and electroacoustic music. The pieces presented here might not necessarily track as a ‘greatest hits’ compilation for the composer, however the curators nobly tasked themselves with providing a well rounded overview that follows the evolution of Adamis’ work, ranging from etudes and studio experimentation, to sprawling dramatic realizations. “Proschemata (Pretexts)” is composed entirely with tape-manipulated voice, and while Adamis doesn’t sound to be as much of a cartwheeling, explosively proficient technician when it comes to tape editing as—let’s say, a Parmegiani (who is?)—he demonstrates an impressive ability to smear and refract a single sound source into a sustained tonal environment far removed from its initial starting point.“Kratema” (presented in two separate incarnations, 30 years apart) is a highlight, as the performers run a noticeably free, while Adamis roils up a shifting undercurrent of electronics and tape, including the most prominent EMS usage to my ears. This is a particularly interesting piece that links the namesake Byzantine chanting with 20th century avant garde music, borrowing a phonetic free-space component of ancient religious music for a result that’s more akin to dadaism. Fans of Jean-Claude Éloy’s work in the 80s, which partnered extended vocal techniques and ethnic instrumentation in an open electroacoustic setting should feel at home with more than a few recordings on this set. The latest piece included, “Endon (Inward)”, hides the seams a bit more than the earlier cut-up affairs, finding Adamis using old sound sources with newer technology to craft a more spectrally focused and inconspicuously morphing tonal gradient. A satisfying range of compositions from a lesser known name, and evidently only a drop in the bucket—the introduction states the man took part in over four hundred productions, which makes it all the more curious for those of us just being introduced.

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Absolutely essential release of one of the most prominent personalities in the Greek contemporary music world. Michael Adamis was recognised as a pioneering composer who created a contemporary musical genre upon the Greek tradition. He has managed to create an original electroacoustic soundscape, leaving a clear aesthetic mark among contemporary and Byzantine music. These works offer a remarkable example of his pioneering and diverse creative course, revealing a search for new means of expression. Tape, voice, distortion, concrete and electronic sounds, use of early synths. For the first time a Super Deluxe Double CD & Booklet edition is released with a selection of previously unreleased electroacoustic works from the 1964-1977 period.
 
In DIN-A5 8-panel packaging in plastic outer sleeve, including 24 page booklet with liner notes, recording notes, photographs & bios of composer & performers, written in both Greek & English.