[CP 106 CD] Klaus Ager; Sondern die Sterne sind's +Creel Pone
CP 106 CD
Double Compact Disc-Recordable Set
2021 reédition of this totemic mid-period C.P. chestnut, augmented with a second disc including the (only) other two Electro-Acoustic pieces of Ager's issued in the LP era: the 29-minute "Hoshi Für Fünf Blasinstrumente Und Tonband" (from "Dokumentationsreihe Des Österreichischen Komponistenbundes #20;" undated but likely mid-70s given the pressing) & the 13-minute "CLB512" ("for Klarinette Und Computergeneriertes Tonband, recorded 12 October 1986.") along with the bonus of the 15-minute "Wind Um EinGrab" (3 Lieder mit Vor-, Nach- Und Zwischenspielen Nach Texten von W. Zrenner for Flute, Guitar, Percussion and Soprano, recorded 19 February 1985) now offering 100 minutes of Ager's music!
Creel-pro of this mid-70s Aulos lp, with Klaus Ager’s three-part “Sondern die Sterne sind's” - recorded in the “Computer Music” studio at EMS Stockholm from 1974-1976 as well as the Electronic Studio at Salzburg’s “Hochschule Mozarteum” - slowly unfolding over the A-side & two shorter chamber pieces, “I Remember a Bird” for clarinet, trombone, guitar, piano, percussion, and tape & “Metaboles i” for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano on the other.
Rising from a whisper, the first movement of “Sondern” slowly builds from a sustained bell-sound - with cymbal harmonics interjected into the electronically-created syntax - into fairly head-compressing mid-range drone. This recedes & the gorgeous second movement kicks in, rife with more enharmonic relationships between the tones beating slowly in & out of phase before a slightly crispy wave of analogue tones ushers in & brings a subtle, bubbling rhythm.
Finally, sparse, feedback-oriented “Ringing” synthesized bird-song takes a few minutes to clear the air before a big, pulsating wall of screaming high-res filter smear & augmented pulse-wave stasis bring in a big ‘ol miasma of electronic drone.
This whole piece has the energy of Gunner Møller Pedersen & Roland Kayn’s extended work, albeit edited down for a more palatable, session-able length; it’s a great slab of electronic drone-sound that seems to have slipped through the cracks un-checked - kudos to Mr. P.C. C.P. for the unearth.