Hervé Provini, Compositions, Drums and Computer.
This release, the third part of a trilogy devoted to Midi activated acoustic
piano, expands upon his earlier use of algorithmic composing techniques.
Here Provini wrote traditional harmonically conceived melodies, then applied
assorted algorithms to them, creating new and unexpected works. This technique,
a post-modern take on Cageís use of assorted chance techniques, does
not produce the didactic and bloodless music one might expect. The pieces
often swing; sounding a bit like Crispell meets Jarrett at an advanced computer
programming class. The drumming often lays down a driving rock-inflected
beat, adding soul to what could have been a rather anemic project. Musically
more rewarding than one might think, with Monk-like melodies and interesting
dynamics. Well worth a listen.
by Eric Lewis
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