Various Artists

90 Sekunden Wirklichkeit

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Chances are good that an album is going to be a bit abstruse when the liner notes mention Meister Eckhart and John Cage in quick succession and wind their way through a philosophical examination of the nature of reality and how we perceive music, sounds, and silences. But this essay is quite helpful in explaining what 90 Sekunden Wirklichkeit (90 Seconds of Reality) is all about. A collection of 43 electro-acoustic recordings -- each a study of a particular sound or clusters of sounds timed to 90 seconds -- this 2005 release from Cybele makes us think about our place in a world that never stops making noises and about the sounds we define as art. The selections are like aural snapshots, and though they were most likely intended to be heard and understood discretely, it's very easy to get caught up in the flow of things and get lost in the montage of television broadcasts, creaking floorboards, glass being cut, engines revving, birds chirping, and various other permutations of everyday noises. What seems an unintended effect of this CD is its strangely soothing quality: no matter whether the snippets are extremely soft and delicate or loud and cacophonous, the overall experience of hearing this album is oddly meditative and calming, especially when played at a low volume as ambient music. But this disc's after-effect is even more remarkable: you'll be listening to things around you in a different way, and you may even feel your reality transformed by this extraordinary project of the German Association for Electroacoustic Music.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
1:35
2
1:33
3
1:33
4
1:33
5
1:33
6
1:33
7
1:33
8
1:33
9
1:33
10
1:34
3 Parts à 90 Sekunden, for electronics
11
1:33
12
1:34
13
1:33
14
1:33
15
1:33
Das Konvolut, Vol. 3, for electronics
16
1:33
17
1:33
18
1:33
19
1:33
20
1:33
21
1:33
22
1:33
23
1:33
3 Parts à 90 Sekunden, for electronics
24
1:33
25
1:33
Das Konvolut, Vol. 3, for electronics
26
1:33
27
1:33
28
1:33
Dreimal neunzig sekunden wirklichkeit, for electronics
29
1:31
30
1:31
31
1:33
Das Konvolut, Vol. 3, for electronics
32
1:33
33
1:33
34
1:33
Trilogie No. 1, for electronics
35
1:31
36
1:31
37
1:33
38
1:33
39
1:33
40
1:33
3 Parts à 90 Sekunden, for electronics
41
1:35
42
1:33
43
1:34
44
1:33
45
1:34
46
1:31
47
1:30
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