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Charlemagne Palestine

HUGE POOLS OF SOUNDS coming from one undifferentiated tone: This is the dizzying, precision work of Charlemagne Palestine and a Dutch organ, stretched out for seventy-one minutes. The single note sounded gives rise to more notes, a sustained single chord, that in turn establish their own spatial existence, even some aural architectures. Perpetual performance. By consumer-culture standards the thing is unlistenable, yet at the same time it is ready to teach you some kind of deep listening. Only, it won’t teach anything. It just does what it does, and those who listen become involved in the acoustic and emotional consequences of the effort. The artist intended a fluid and ever-changing interaction between himself, the instrument, space. Now us. Ready for some exhaustive practices or for the memory of their impact? Just happy to find a small piece for the collection, between other reminiscences

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