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Reynolds, Graham / Difference Engine, The
Album:Difference Engine, The Collection:Classical
Artist:Reynolds, Graham Added:Apr 2011
Label:Innova Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-07-17 Pull Date:2011-09-18 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:Jul 31Jul 24

 Recent Airplay
1.Jul 27, 2011:Amazing Grace
The Remixes: The Cogwheel Brain (Octopus Project Remix)
3.Jul 13, 2011:Grace
Movement Iii: Cam Stack & Crank Handle
2.Jul 20, 2011:Grace
Movement Ii: Ada

Album Review
Red West
Reviewed 2011-07-13 
Part 1 Listenable modern classical, Part 2 post-rock. Two discs in one. First 5 tracks are movements of a piece (which can also stand alone) for strings, piano, and bass. And there are a lot of strings-7 violins, 2 violas, 4 cellos. Part 2 are remixes by various people of the tracks in part 1 which veer between post-rock and electronica. All tracks good.

Difference Engine Concerto:
1. 1:09.Dramatic pizzicato intro. Strings dance and slide. Goes well w/next track
2. 4:51 Slow but tense strings, gentle piano acts as brief catalyst bringing strings down to quite middle & lyrical lament. Ends optimistic w/full ensemble.
3. 5:01 Percussive & scratched strings, catchy. Cello & viola sound gypsy. Should be a dance for skeletons or mantises.
4. 6:07 Reflective piano and strings in 1st half. 2nd half faster, more minimal strings, then back to calm.
5. 4:23 Screeky intro, fast and busy piano & ensemble, a little lyrical interlude overwhelmed by a tidal wave & storm of activity

6. 4:36 pizzicato string loop over 70’s sounding synths, good elements of old krautrock. Near end a heavy drum loop kicks it!
7.Noisy drum loop, buzzy bass. Ready for rap. Strings from original relatively unmolested until 2nd half where it goes in a new direction, more trip-hop
8. Sunny and cheesy intro, turns into a spy instrumental with a funky bridge
9. Minimal- solo very high pitched violin loops until halfway when a fast paced drum machine and revving-up sound take the tension up a notch- then a crows applauses- and back to gabber-speed beat
10.Gentle string intro, then a chill beat & synths mix with strings, mid-fast

Track Listing
1.The Concerto: Movement I: The Cogwheel Brain 6.The Remixes: The Cogwheel Brain (Octopus Project Remix)
2.Movement Ii: Ada 7.Cam Stack & Crank Handle (Graham Reynolds Remix)
3.Movement Iii: Cam Stack & Crank Handle 8.The Astronomer (Adrian Quesada Remix)
4.Movement Iv: Late At Night/The Astronomer 9.The Difference Engine (Peter Stopschinski Remix)
5.Movement V: The Difference Engine 10.Ada (Dj Spooky Remix)