The Squid's Ear Magazine


Rasten, Fredrik (Johan Lindvall): Four Parallel Rivers (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Norwegian composer Fredrik Rasten, a guitarist who himself has recorded pieces by pianist/composer Johan Lindvall, sees Lindvall beautifully perform 15 of his works for solo equal tempered piano, minimal pieces developed under the influence of Debussy and Bartok's Mikrokosmos compositions along with adaptations of his own microtonal/just intonation work.
 

Price: $12.95



Quantity:

In Stock

Quantity in Basket: None

Log In to use our Wish List
Shipping Weight: 2.00 units

Sample The Album:





product information:

Personnel:



Johan Lindvall-piano

Fredrik Rasten-composer


Click an artist name above to see in-stock items for that artist.




UPC: 4011778039440

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 2106
Squidco Product Code: 30673

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Studio Paradisio in Oslo, Norway, on January 13th, 2021, by Marcus Forgren.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"These pieces (composed between 2019 and 2020) marks a kind of return to the piano, the first instrument I ever learnt to play, and a reflection of the repertoire that made a special impact on me while learning to play this instrument.

A few of the Debussy preludes were important, and maybe even more so a couple of Bartok's Mikrokosmos pieces.

There is a personal connection between my interpretation of those pieces and the music presented here. For instance, the dogmatism, counter movement in left and right hand; and use of diatonic scales in some of Bartok's pedagogic pieces have been a clear inspiration.

Writing music for the equal tempered piano is also a personal novelty in another respect, as my compositional endeavours almost exclusively have been on microtonal music in extended just intonation. In fact, the three 'murmurations' are 'piano reductions' of pieces in just intonation, originally written for guitars played with electronic bows.

The microtonal dimension is essential and more concretely so in the piece 'aerodynamic', where the piano itself avoids intervals like thirds, sixths and major sevenths, while keeping exclusively to harmonic material that approximates pythagorean tuning, based on just fifths; while a sine wave track plays back notes in just relationships to the harmonic structures of the piano part.

Lastly, I cannot underestimate the importance that the musical and pianistic personality of my friend Johan Lindvall has had on this music."-Fredrik Rasten



This album has been reviewed on our magazine:

The Squid
The Squid's Ear!

Artist Biographies

"Johan Lindvall is a Swedish pianist and composer based in Oslo, Norway, born in 1990."

-Squidco 2/26/2024

Have a better biography or biography source? Please Contact Us so that we can update this biography.

Fredrik Rasten, guitarist / improviser / composer "I am a Norwegian guitarist (b. 1988) working in the field of experimental music, both improvised and composed. My main focuses are exploring and utilizing the acoustic possibilities of the steel string guitar, motivated by a fascination for the almost tactile experiences of acoustic phenomena. The last months I have been working extensively with intonation, with an extended concept of consonance as a point of departure, both in solo work and in duos with trumpeter Torstein Lavik Larsen and bass player Jonathan Heilbron. I have also had the lucky opportunity to take lessons in this field with composer and violist Catherine Lamb.

Other music that I am inspired by includes wandelweiser music, traditional british folk and early music."



"Fredrik Rasten works with acoustic guitar and in exploring the possibilities for putting this instrument in new musical contexts. With extensive use of preparations and different non-tempered tunings, he creates warm sounds in gradual development. He also includes subtle use of the voice to make interfering thick timbres and tonalities in combination with the guitar. A goal for the music is to open a room for details that invites the listener inside the musical material in an active and exploring way.

He is also playing composed music, especially related to quiet / Wandelweiser music and Just Intonation music, and has performed pieces by Johan Lindvall, Antoine Beuger and Catherine Lamb."

-Fredrik Rasten Website (http://fredrikrasten.com/)
2/26/2024

Have a better biography or biography source? Please Contact Us so that we can update this biography.


Track Listing:



1. Amaranth 3:25

2. Two Cycles For Johan Lindvall - First Cycle 2:29

3. Second Cycles For Johan Lindvall - First Cycle 5:55

4. Pythagorean Sequence I 1:18

5. Lunation 4:57

6. Four Parallel Rivers 12:34

7. Pythagorean Sequence II 1:15

8. Murmurations I - III (Version For Solo Piano) - I 2:54

9. Murmurations I - III (Version For Solo Piano) - II 4:52

10. Murmurations I - III (Version For Solo Piano) - III 3:17

11. Pythagorean Sequence III 1:17

12. Pendulum 3:33

13. Aerodynamic (For Piano And 13-Limit Just Intonation Sine Wave Track) 11:31

14. All Heart 7:17

15. Suffuse 3:58

Related Categories of Interest:


Compositional Forms
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Piano & Keyboards
Solo Artist Recordings
Ambient & Minimal Music
New in Compositional Music

Search for other titles on the label:
Edition Wandelweiser Records.


Recommended & Related Releases:
Cater, Seamus
A History of Musical Pitch
(Another Timbre)
Investigating the experimental legacy of Victorian polymath Alexander J. Ellis, author of the 1880 paper, The History of Musical Pitch, composer Seamus Cater uses 74 tuning forks tuned to represent Elliss research of just ratios of 480Hz, in three compositions focusing on the most consonant tones of the system, and balancing them through minimalist chamber work from a 7-piece ensemble.
Sijstermans, Germaine
Betula [2 CDs]
(elsewhere)
The solo debut album from Dutch composer & clarinetist Germaine Sijstermans: seven recent contemplative works in a Wandelweiser vein, composed between 2017-2019 and performed with six exemplary and complementary performers: Antoine Beuger (concert flute), Rishin Singh (trombone), Johnny Chang (viola), Fredrik Rasten (guitar, ebow), and Leo Svirsky (accordion).
Sijstermans, Germaine
Betula [2 CDs]
(elsewhere)
The solo debut album from Dutch composer & clarinetist Germaine Sijstermans: seven recent contemplative works in a Wandelweiser vein, composed between 2017-2019 and performed with six exemplary and complementary performers: Antoine Beuger (concert flute), Rishin Singh (trombone), Johnny Chang (viola), Fredrik Rasten (guitar, ebow), and Leo Svirsky (accordion).
Machinefabriek
+
(Machinefabriek)
Trying to strike a balance between composition and the challenges of being a young parent, Rutger Zuydervelt, aka Machinefabriek, created a series of short tracks that could be developed quickly with invited collaborators, a concept that worked so well that in little time he found 52 enthusiastic and diverse musicians to develop the expanse of this impressive collection.
Oker (Larsen / Myhr / Rasten / Gismervik)
Susurrus [VINYL]
(Shhpuma)
Existing between composition and free improvisation, this Norwegian quartet of Torstein Lavik Larsen on trumpet, Adrian Myhr on double bass, Fredrik Rasten on acoustic guitar, and Jan Martin Gismervik on drums & percussion are informed by minimal composed, folk and improvised musics, applying unusual technique and methodology to create beautiful textural and impressionistic sound.
Oker (Larsen / Myhr / Rasten / Gismervik)
Susurrus
(Shhpuma)
Existing between composition and free improvisation, this Norwegian quartet of Torstein Lavik Larsen on trumpet, Adrian Myhr on double bass, Fredrik Rasten on acoustic guitar, and Jan Martin Gismervik on drums & percussion are informed by minimal composed, folk and improvised musics, applying unusual technique and methodology to create beautiful textural and impressionistic sound.
Kalman, Egil / Fredrik Rasten
Weaving a Fabric of Winds [VINYL]
(Shhpuma)
Swedish bass player Egil Kalman, here on modular syntheizer, joins Norwegian guitarist Fredrik Rasten, for a lovely album of drifting electronics and beautifully entwining acoustic guitar, unhurriedly developing environments of warm, slowly evolving chord structures that show influences from players like Catherine Lamb or the Wandelweiser collective.
Kalman, Egil / Fredrik Rasten
Weaving a Fabric of Winds
(Shhpuma)
Swedish bass player Egil Kalman, here on modular syntheizer, joins Norwegian guitarist Fredrik Rasten for a lovely album of drifting electronics and beautifully entwining acoustic guitar, unhurriedly developing environments of warm, slowly evolving chord structures that show influences from players like Catherine Lamb or the Wandelweiser collective.
den Boer Salmom, Miriam / Ernesto Rodrigues / Fredrik Rasten / Guilherme Rodrigues
A Late Evening In The Future
(Creative Sources)
A subtle album of acoustic interaction recorded at Berlin's Noiseberg from the quartet of Miriam den Boer Salmon on violin, Ernesto Rodrigues on viola & zither, Fredrik Rasten on acoustic guitar, and Guilherme Rodrigues on cello & percussion, sounding almost electronic in their frictional technique and harmonic overtones, ebbing and flowing from active interaction to tranquil discourse.
Pip. (Rasten / Larsen)
Pip.
(Creative Sources)
Other Recommended Releases:
Franek, John
About The Color Of The Moon
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
An album of evocative electronic and acousmatic soundscapes from German composer, electronic artist and keyboardist John Franek, who performs the four pieces on this album on organ and electronics, interweaving rich harmonics with stark tones, melding his sounds in slowly evolving interaction, like beams of light piercing peaceful atmospheres.
Philippakopoulos, Anastassis
Piano 1 Piano 2 Piano 3
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
An album of concentrated expression for solo piano in three works from French composer Anastassis Philippakopoulos and meticulously performed by Serbian pianist Teodora Stepancic, exploring intervals through minimalistic progressions, titled "Piano 1", "Piano 2" & "Piano 3", each in two or three parts as they build to explosive moments in the final movement.
Wittenburg, Florian
1- Bis 4-Stimmig
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Starting with a systematic variation of polyphony in each of the three movements of "Bis 4-Stimmung", German composer and pianist Florian Wittenburg deviates from strict structures through a component of randomly generated core notes which he then makes coherent through harmony and melody, each part punctuated with layers of Wittenburg reciting Dutch poet Cees Noteboom.
Sugimoto, Taku
Octet
(Meenna)
Part of Japanese composer Taku Sugimoto's Solo for Strings series, these works focus on bowed stringed instruments played only with natural harmonics, arranged with clarinets and flute, using long tones and repetition that allow the performer decisions on their length, performed by a Berlin-based octet including Catherine Lamb, Johnny Change, Samuel Dunscombe, &c.
Kervinen, Jukka-Pekka
Across / Birds / Lines
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Five extended works of descriptive ambience from Finnish composer and musician Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, working with algorithmic and electronic manifestations over five pieces--four works "Across" and one "Across (Lines)"--based on environmental field recordings of birds and ambiance, structures that he morphs & reiterates to create different facets of a single outdoor space.
Zumthor, Peter Conradin
Things Are Going Down
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
The title's play on words for Swiss percussionist Peter Conradin Zumthor's piano compositions is explained by his performance being effected by piano tuner Rene Waldhauser while playing, the piano being slowly detuned while Zumthor plays a series of aggressive key separations in a percussive manner, the modified tuning generating unexpected turbulence and harmonic overtones.
Andric, Andreja
Winter Solstice
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Their association stretching back to their time together in music school, pianist Anita Tomasevich is the perfect interpreter of Serbian composer Andreja Andric's December, exploring a single minor chord in each of six movements, challenging the performer to explore shades of tone color by working through gradual changes; plus Meditation (II) for 2 pianists.
Moller, Andre O. / Hans Eberhard Maldfeld
Out Of A Matrix (Partially)
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Composer Andre O. Moller's work for solo double bass, performed by Hans Eberhard Maldfeld, was inspired by Moller's fascination in just tuning & rational frequency relations and an admiration for the work of Hans Eberhard Maldfeld, presented compositionally as a group of 7 pieces for 5-stringed double bass and pre-produced playback, creating a virtual double bass choir.
Wittenburg, Florian
Kranenburg Tree
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Using a metasynth, a software instrument that allows the user to draw or paint music, and a photograph of a small tree observed at a former train station in the German town of Kranenbur, composer Florian Wittenburg generates complex sound structures from the simple structures of the tree's branches used as a template for four rich sonic sketches.
Houben, Eva-Maria
3 Trios
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
"Trios" refers to the relationship of two keyboards and the pedals of an organ, as performed by accomplished American composer Carson Cooman as he patiently unfolds Eva-Maria Houben's three minimal compositions exploring the relationships between three melodic lines or three-tone chords, presented on the Organ Probsteikirche St. Ludgerus, in Billerbeck, Germany.
Inderhees, Carlo
8 Stimmen1
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
A series of eight "voices" for piano, extended minimal works slowly unfolding in the performance of composer Carlo Inderhees' "8 stimmen" composition for solo piano, expressed by Guy Vandromme as the piece answers the questions "what is music made of?" with the word "voices: a sequence of sounds and silences, with its own consistency".
Merce, Sergio
En Lugar De Pensar
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
One circular and one continuous composition from Argentinian composer Sergio Merce, using rich tones like clouds of sound generated by a microtonal saxophone, synthesizer and wind synth, the title referring to his sense of music a channel to see, to reveal, a channel that opens through intuition, observation and attention but not through thinking; beautiful.
Strieff, Peter
Chronos-Kairos
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Exploring the difference between the two Greek concepts of time--chronos (measurable) and kairos (qualitative moments)--Bern composer Urs Peter Schneider's 1973 composition uses synthesizers to measure, divide, experience, forget, free from, and embody time; plus a 1968 composition with Ensemble Nueue Horizon Bern, and two recent works with Ensemble Montaigne.
Schneider, Urs Peter
Klavierwerke 1971 - 2015 [2 CDs]
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Four compositions for solo piano from Swiss composer Urs Peter Schneider, founder of Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern, with four accompanying prose pieces with text in German from Schneider himself, Martin Luther, and Ita Wegman; unusual words to accompany Schneider's minimalist works of clear progressions, thoughtful direction and interesting concepts.
Hannesson, Mark / Dante Boon / Anastassis Philippakopoulos
hannesson . boon . philippakopoulos
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Three solo piano works from three composers--Mark Hannesson, Dante Boon, and Anastassis Philippakopoulos--are performed by Dante Boon in this studio album recorded in Berlin; three extremely compatible works that prove to be quintessential examples of Wandelweiser minimalism finding melody, progression and abstraction in subtle and elusive ways; sublime.
Singh, Rishin
Out From The Blinding White
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Two understated compositions for solo piano from Kuala Lumpur composer living in Berlin, Rishin Singh, both performed by pianist Dante Boon, with the first piece written for Boon himself, a minimal work of slowly rising and descending progressions; the other piece "For Eva-Maria Houben" dedicated to the Wandelweiser composer, using recurring yet distinctly varying patterns.



The Squid's Ear Magazine

The Squid's Ear Magazine

© 2002-, Squidco LLC