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- Fast Forward Through Time (Illusion Four) by Andrew Liles
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Andrew Liles's new album is a concept piece involving piano loops, a kind of mathematical musical experiment inspired by the idea of self-replicating machines. The idea is that a looped piano note is joined by two more, which then doubles to six, and so on, so the music goes from ambient Harold Budd-ish minimalism to fraught and chaotic expressionistic key-hammering and towards the end even a violent raking of the piano strings themselves.
Over on the other side the loops are stacked in reverse order, so while the music itself isn't playing backwards, it begins with the closing chaos and ends with a single note. It's an interesting concept and an effective one too - simple and strangely visual, like watching a timelapse film of a huge tree growing and dying and rotting away. Really interesting stuff, a strong concept thoughtfully executed to create an piece of music which is both thought-provoking and listenable.
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