City of Glass
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This is a Trip
Surprisingly enough the first time I heard about “City of Glass” was in the Blue Devils’ 2010 Show, entitled “Through a Glass Darkly.” I, like many other people who saw the show, was quite confused at the disarray of angular drill and chaotic sound. However, I felt like I was doing a disservice to the musical world by merely tossing the show into my mental trash can; I looked up the original music and found this.
Kenton did an original recording of Graettinger’s works, but I have a hard time listening to mono. Therefore I bought this album.
The opening statement is a fiery one, with screaming trumpet notes and clustered brass punches. From then, Graettinger basically takes you on a trip through hectic streets and twisted alleys, with dark figures hiding behind every corner. And that trip is a hectic one, with moments of rhythmic and tonal insanity.
While I completely admire the Ebony Band’s performance as well as Graettinger’s compositions, these are not what I would consider for my casual listening list. These works are heavy, somewhat demented, and bipolar at times. I find I respond most emotionally to tracks like City of Glass II: Part 3 when I’m at my most infuriated of states. Then it just works; it’s loud, it’s dissonant, and it cries out in agony. However, I prefer to be in a saner sate of mind for most of the time.
So I encourage people to try this album on for size, but don’t expect to be moved to tears or anything. It’s more along the lines of a walk through Camden–always interesting but somewhat grotesque.
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||Trajectories||City of Glass||4:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||City of Glass I: Part 2, Dance At the Mirror||City of Glass||3:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
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||City of Glass I: Part 3, Conclusion||City of Glass||2:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||City of Glass II: Part 2, Dance Before the Mirror||City of Glass||5:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Laura||City of Glass||4:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||City of Glass I: Part 1, the Enterance/Skyscrapers||City of Glass||3:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||City of Glass II: Part 1, Entrance Into the City/The Structure||City of Glass||8:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|