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Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: RER RI2
Squidco Product Code: 4844
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
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European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"Stories from the outside: compositions for voices, film projectors, rock band, fotoplayer and office machines" from the back cover
"The bulk of Songs from Hurt have been constructed in this way, around the extraordinary testimonies of aboriginal teenagers, prisoners, shadow communities and witnesses to a world in which the interviewees are continually told that they are surplus to requirements. Then this raw data is organised, transformed and integrated into complex musical compositions, becoming itself musical in the process - its pitches no longer simply prosaic, its rhythms driving the structure of its setting while remaining intact - not looped or pressured into becoming servants to the overall organisation of an aesthetic fiction. The witnesses and sounds converse and conspire in Iolini's work, but never give way to one another. It is rare for conventional and electronic compositions to remain so respectful of voices and what they have to say, and this plain matter of fact-ness makes most rap sound like bluster, and most opera sound like history - to me, I hasten to add. The opening track stands outside the political intensity of the rest of the CD and its method is slightly different; it's more a meditation on its topic - and it was one part of a multimedia presentation - but it still works to bring the documentary and the musical worlds together, in its form as well as its topic."-ReR USA
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