Rhys Chatham

Rhys Chatham: An Angel Moves Too Fast To See

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Like the composer's works Warehouse of Saints, Songs for Spies, and Symphony No. 3, this innovative and dynamic piece is scored for the unusual ensemble of 100 specially tuned electric guitars, drums, and electric bass. Patterns of bell-like resonances are interchanged in wide spatial distribution among the various massed groups above a continuous rock beat. These first patterns are then alternated with fast tremolos of accumulating tone clusters and later ascending scales. The effect is indeed vast and, if this is your idea of heaven, angelic.

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