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Review

Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector, June 9, 2019
Monday, June 10, 2019 Press

Adam Stanovic was born in Leeds, now has residency at Sheffield. Here he is with Ténébrisme (IMED 18153) 1 showcasing very recent compositions 2015-17. He exhibits the now-commonplace concerns with transforming musical instruments, pieces of metal, audio travelogues and such like, but his feisty essays indicate he is trying to challenge the received wisdom of contemporary electro-acoustic music, expressing a certain frustration with over-used tropes in the genre. A dull-witted noise-lover like me can certainly dig his roary pieces, which have a lot more fire and chaos than we’re used to in the field; plenty of tidal waves of digital information surging and rebounding around imaginary spaces like titanic forces, sometimes with quite shocking dynamics, cut-offs, and wild timbral shifts. Ctrl C, Metallurgic and Inam all have this rather threatening density to them, and Foundry Flux is as alarming a portrait of Sheffield’s industrial past as you’re ever likely to hear. Bonus points too for composing a homage piece to Beatriz Ferreyra, the Argentinian wild lady of electro-acoustic music.

A dull-witted noise-lover like me can certainly dig his roary pieces, which have a lot more fire and chaos than we’re used to in the field

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