Annea Lockwood

The Glass World

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New Zealand-born composer Annea Lockwood worked in New York throughout the '60s alongside some of the pioneering avant-garde composers of the time, such as John Cage, Phillip Corner, and Alvin Lucier. She created conceptual pieces that walked a fine line between modern composition sound art and experimental theater, as well as works for string quartets and large-scale outdoor installations -- A Sound Map of the Hudson River is her most recognized work. The Glass World is a series of experimental compositions based on the sounds of glass that was originally released on LP in 1970; this CD version was issued in 1996. Overtones and resonations of glass sheets are folded into concise minimalist compositions; crunching and shattering sounds are used as complex tonal orchestrations. This collection is a highly intriguing experimental recording and, expectedly, is filled with a music of unease -- which one would expect from such an avant-garde project. Much like Cage, the composer makes her music from the detailed study of everyday sounds.

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