The Adding Machine

by Arnold Dreyblatt

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John Cratchley
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John Cratchley I don't know if Dreyblatt was influenced by Elmer Rice's 1930's Expressionist play of the same name, but I could see this music being used for a production...two masterworks in tandem!
Often linked to the minimalist movement,I think of this work as being nearer to Harry Partch in spirit with its invented acoustic instrumentation...
Dreyblatt's work is totally absorbing and this is a good place to start,I reckon...
Deidre House
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Deidre House Minimalist string-based music formed from hypnotically interlocking grooves. Ever-shifting tonal tesselations to occupy your headspace. The experimental sounding string parts are complemented by complex drumming. Favorite track: Lapse.
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Arnold Dreyblatt's band pulses ecstatically with retuned strings and looping beats. His Orchestra of Excited Strings - composed of restrung cimbaloms, piano wire basses, hurdy gurdys, refretted guitars - creates transcendental layers of scratching, twanging, plucking, and bowing. A disciple of LaMonte Young and Alvin Lucier, he has cultivated a strong underground fan base. File it under ethno-Eastern European folk techno-microtonal rock.

"A major figure in the minimalist lineage that connects La Monte Young to Sonic Youth."
- Ann Powers, The New York Times

"Dreyblatt may have composed the perfect soundtrack to an urban life."
- K. Goldsmith, New York Press

Arnold Dreyblatt on The Adding Machine:

"My music is composed of consecutive "loops", which are visually cued by chosen members of the ensemble. For this digital recording, each loop was performed and recorded until it "locked" in harmonically and rhythmically. The long editing process in which these loops were "reconstructed" into complete performances was accomplished along with the final mix by Jörg Hiller at his studio in Berlin."


released July 27, 2015


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