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Digressions by Greg Haines
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8/10 Clinton 02 March 2012

This weeks 547th piece of ambience comes from Greg Haines, an Englishman now, like almost everyone in the world, based in Berlin. Here, he has worked with a UK school orchestra in order to  stretch them into areas unknown and to add his own neo-classical bent to their collaboration. It starts slowly but by second track 'Caden Cotard' there is real beauty to the composition. Strings weep softly and slowly, fading out to be replaced by haunted piano. It resembles a lot of Stars of the Lid stuff in that it simply couldn't unfurl any more slowly but if you give it time to flourish you are left with something really stunning. There's also a lot of Arvo Part in here, the stellar third composition '183 Times' opens with huge muffled swells of piano, delicately glorious with a kind of understated power. Eventually some truly beautiful violin is added creating a stunningly sombre mood piece. I could go on, but this is really beautiful stuff, softening even the hardest cynic into a quivering mess on the floor. Broderick Watch: he's here on voice and violin; elsewhere you can find Dustin O' Halloran and Nils Frahm.


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