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Amid the Noise

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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 52:06

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John Schaefer is the host of WNYC’s innovative music/talk show Soundcheck, which features live performances and interviews with a variety of guests. Schaefer ha...more »

01.18.11
Unexpectedly serene sonic landscapes from New York's finest avant-garde percussion troupe.
Label: Cantaloupe Music

So Percussion has quickly built a reputation as the percussion group of choice for many of New York's finest new music composers, David Lang and Steve Reich among them. As their self-titled first album showed, So Percussion is not afraid to go the extra mile, or whatever the distance to the local Home Depot is, to get just the right sounds. (For example, Lang's "So-Called Laws of Nature," from the debut, featured… read more »

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So Percussion and the Rise of Rhythm

By Justin Davidson, Contributor

Of all the long-oppressed minorities who can finally enjoy a measure of freedom and contentment, the ones who are most truly grateful to be living now must surely be the percussionists. This is their time. They have burst the shackles of 100-measure rests, learned the meaning of pianissimo, proven that they can do far more than wallop the occasional gong, and earned the right to bang whatever they want to, whenever they choose. Today's composers… more »

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The idea of ambient music being made by percussion instruments might seem antithetical but So Percussion manage it. Of course, Fender Rhodes electric piano features heavily in their arsenal, along with glockenspiel, synth, vibes and bowed marimba, creating the melody and atmosphere. Indeed, atmosphere is the most important ingredient here, along with a Philip Glass sense of minimalism. They’ve also brought in programming and a couple of guitar players, so it’s perhaps not quite as pure as it might initially seem. Amid the Noise a pleasant album, and certainly an interesting experiment, but it’s not groundbreaking in any musical sense. There’s plenty going on, in very subtle ways, but nothing to distinguish it from many other ambient albums available. – Chris Nickson

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