On his Codex album, released January 19, 2018, American pianist Bruce Brubaker faced off Terry Riley's Keyboard Study 2 (1965) and pieces from the Codex Faenza, a 15thcentury manuscript that is one of the earliest collections of keyboard sheet music. Creating an echo chamber for the primacy of the performer-creator and the effacement of the composer, this back-and-forth invites us on a journey that is both timeless and eminently contemporary.
These four new versions surrendered to the expert hands of Max Cooper, Arandel and Olga Bell, bring Brubaker's minimalist tapestries to life, in the myriad colours of the modern electronic and experimental scene.
released September 28, 2018
Recorded at: Jordan Hall, Boston
Piano technician: John von Rohr
Recording engineer: Jeremy Sarna
Mastering by Jan Siebert
A&R by Alexandre Cazac
Artwork & design by Motoplastic
Like the soundtrack to a grand SF/horror movie, Versus builds tension quickly before spreading it across an epic soundscape. I try to minimise the number of genres in my collection, so have filed this as 'ambient', but it's a much more engaging listening experience than some would infer from that label. Rich Hims
I'm new to Holly Herndon's music,so these are initial observations: her music feels very human although it is laptop generated...about the human condition,about using technology to express humanity (the track 'breathe' is a perfect example).There is a cerebral quality too (I feel a strong sense of composition here:thought-through work where conscious decisions have been made).I don't know why,but her music reminds me a lot of Meredith Monk (not stylistically but in approach,perhaps).I know a new album is imminent,so this represents where Holly Herndon was (not is now) but I think she is in for the long haul and that her musical world will forever advance and bring technology closer to humanity.