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An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music: Third A-Chronology, Vol. 3, 1952-2004

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Sub Rosa's An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music/Third-a Chronology is, as the title says, the third installment in a series of collections of electronic music curated by Guy-Marc Hinant. Although the chronological time span covered is given as 1952-2004, there are no works included from the 1960s, and 10 of the 22 works included were not recorded until after 2000. Nonetheless, it appears that the chronology is not driving what goes into these collections so much as a grouping of various related works into subcategories representing modes of endeavor within the electronic and noise spectrums. A little more than half of the first disc is electro-acoustic, and in this portion certified old-timers such as Bernard Parmegiani, Hugh le Caine, and Ilhan Mimaroglu appear side-by-side with newcomers Michael J. Schumacher and Keith Fullerton Whitman. The pieces on the remainder of the first disc are devoted chiefly to "noise" pieces, with Francisco Lopez' dreamy and mysterious Untitled #148 being the most interesting and provocative.

The second disc begins with an introduction to little-known Finnish electronic music pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi and finishes out with a selection of Germanic electronic music running from a 1952 track by Herbert Eimert to the group To Rococo Rot, recorded in 2004. As a continuation of the overall survey, An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music/Third-a Chronology is a worthy follow-up to the earlier volumes, but on its own it falls a little short of the standard already established by them. That said, there are relatively few discs on the market that attempt to draw together the academic and non-academic schools of electronic music in a way that is satisfying and makes sense. An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music/Third-a Chronology is one of them, though its primacy is amplified best through obtaining the earlier volumes that go with it.

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