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Eliane Radigue's intriguing drone work I first heard yesterday on the Important CD release of 'Triptych'. Ant is usually the man for this sort of thing but in his absence I opted to say a few words about this double CD set on Schoolmap. The original 'CHRY-PTUS' from 1971 is a merging of two tapes taken from Buchla synthesizer experiments that are played simultaneously and feature what sounds like ...

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CHRY-PTUS by Éliane Radigue
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 12 November 2009
Eliane Radigue's intriguing drone work I first heard yesterday on the Important CD release of 'Triptych'. Ant is usually the man for this sort of thing but in his absence I opted to say a few words about this double CD set on Schoolmap. The original 'CHRY-PTUS' from 1971 is a merging of two tapes taken from Buchla synthesizer experiments that are played simultaneously and feature what sounds like the comforting hum of a generator, intermittently fluctuating slightly in tone, like a heart murmur, whilst a gurgling plastic ball full of metal beads revolves at thousands of revolutions per minute to create this utterly hypnotic minimal epic piece. About 12 minutes in you get the added bonus of some astral bleeps that sound like morse code techno, completely absorbing stuff that sounds well futuristic, belying its age of 38 years!If you like the contemporary works of Eleh, Deceh & the like, this is where all this tonal drone & modular de-synchronisation really started. I'd advise headphones. CD1 also features a bonus 2001 reworking by Stefano Bassanese, CD2 has 'CHRY-PTUS' Part Two & a 2006 "remix" courtesy of Guiseppe Ielasi, all respectfully executed, retaining the revolutionary themes of the original works. Tasteful highbrow listening!

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