Review

Frans de Waard, Vital, no 1137, 20 juin 2018

Here we have a composer from Montréal, where she got a doctorate in composition at the University in [2016]. Besides working with others in composing and performer, Ana Dall’Ara-Majek organises computer music programs and has a duo with Ida Toninato called Jane/KIN. “Nano-Cosmos is a cycle of acousmatic pieces dedicated to insects, small arthropods and microorganisms”, it says on the cover. There are five pieces on this release, usually created for a multi-speaker set-up, but here traveling from two speakers to your ears. The microscopic look at insects, bacteria and other hardly visible creatures lies at the basis of the music, which in all five pieces seem to consist of lots of small sounds. Sometimes these are heavily clustered together, thus from some drone like pattern (or two), but the can also appear like a swarm, all appearing seemingly random and chaotic, although they probably are not. It seems as if some of these sounds are voice like, almost singing, like in Bacillus Chorus, but surely the title of that piece was perhaps leading me on. Dall’Ara-Majek doesn’t seem to be using all these granular processes that sound like slides, going up and down that some of the composers who record for this label are known for, but throughout she seeks an extremer sound, with deep bass bumps and high end hiss, such as in Pixel Springtail Promenade, yet she also never betrays her roots in serious electronic music. She uses quite a bit of field recordings, although not always recognizable as from the land of microcosmos. In the final piece, Xylocopa Ransbecka one recognizes the sounds of wood doors; in the text she explains how sees that relation and yes, that works well. Also within the context of the whole CD it works pretty well. Throughout a most enjoyable, me thinks.

… most enjoyable…

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