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Soldier, Dave / Chamber Music
Album:Chamber Music Collection:General
Artist:Soldier, Dave Added:01/2007
Label:Mulatta Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2007-07-01 Pull Date:2007-09-02 
Week Ending:5 Aug22 Jul
Airplays:12

Recent Airplay
1.Thu, 02 Aug 07:Soy Ricardo
Emphysema For Emphasis
3.Fri, 20 Jul 07:Wedge
Memory Select
2.Sat, 21 Jul 07:mufaor
Cognitive Overload

Album Review
mufaor
Reviewed 2007-07-12 
A wide range of Soldier’s chamber music – the guy who did the music for Komar and Melamid’s People’s Choice Music, the Thai Elephant Orchestra, and the cd of kids making hip hop. Most compositions are structurally free, flowing, though some are surprisingly boring and mediocre.

Disc 1:
1. Mellow. Plucking, laid back classical-sounding, bluegrassy and asian. Great lines.
2. Slow. Close, almost dissonant harmonies.
*3. Syncopated blues and scritchy scratching. Looser than the previous movements, freely changing.
*4. Funk sounds, viola, samples of kids on a playground?, orchestral stuff... all twisted together, collage-like. Is a man meowing at the beginning?? Harmonica toward the end.
5-9 Solo jazz sax, sounds stiff, tired. Syncopated. 6 is singsongy and catchy, and 9 has some Phillip Glass-like repetitive loops that are nice. Oh I get it I guess - there's a concept - a baroque dance suite that incorporates North American powwow dances.
*10. Accordion, chirping birds, silly electronics, samples.
11. Solo bass flute - very quiet, kinda jazzy.


Disc 2:
*1. Soulful violin/piano duet. Slow, classical/jazz, pretty melodies, some dischordant chords – mellow but tense.
2. Slow dance, beautiful albeit almost confusing rhythmic play, somehow like Philip Glass. A little boring/flat. Last minute+ very long held chords.
*3. Square dance-y, unique, goofy accordion and sometimes dissonant.
4-9. Harspichord, cello, violin – great ostinatos, short.
4. Slow lilting waltz, would be nice interlude.
5. Arioso – minor, songlike violin.
6. Whimsical, bluesy, nice harpsichord.
*7. Repetitive, driving, fast.
8. Light dance, mid-fast.
9. Drawn out dissonant chords, very slow.
10-21. Short organ pieces. Not much to differentiate them. Somewhere between baroque, serialist, and free jazz.

Track Listing
1.Duo Sonata: Reverie 17.Clever Hans: Rancy Shawl
2.Duo Sonata: Lent: Scordatura 18.Clever Hans: Mazurka
3.Duo Sonata: Tribute: Electrica 19.Clever Hans: Minuet
4.East St. Louis, 1968 20.Clever Hans: Melancholia
5.Utah Dances: Jig 21.Hockets & Inventions: Hocket 1 Jordan
6.Utah Dances: Fugue In One Voice 22.Hockets & Inventions: Invention 1
7.Utah Dances: Cortijo 23.Hockets & Inventions: Hocket 2 Fuelgen
8.Utah Dances: Allemande 24.Hockets & Inventions: Invention 1
9.Forty-Niner And Double 25.Hockets & Inventions: Hocket 3 Neville
10.To Spike Jones In Heaven 26.Hockets & Inventions: Invention 1
11.Little Andre 27.Hockets & Inventions: Hocket 4 Otto
12.The Unfolding Opium Poppy 28.Hockets & Inventions: Invention 1
13.Sontag In Sarajevo: Fluor, Phosphor, Lumen & Candle 29.Hockets & Inventions: Hocket 5 Roscoe
14.Sontag In Sarajevo: Dance For The Tertrammaton 30.Hockets & Inventions: Invention 1
15.Clever Hans: Waltz 31.Hockets & Inventions: Hocket 6 Resolution
16.Clever Hans: Arioso 32.Hockets & Inventions: Invention 1