"Modernists" by Alarm Will Sound on iTunes

6 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

This expansive ensemble tackles arrangements of Varèse, The Beatles, and more. Modernism was a genre created to develop art through attention to form and dissonance and to emphasize the horrors of everyday life. The goal of Alarm Will Sound’s record, however, is to penetrate those dissonances in order to find moments of meaning and beauty. Big Spinoff follows the pointillistic lines of Webern and the color and buoyancy of Messiaen, while M. Marks’ arrangement of The Beatles’ “Revolution 9” presents modernism through the lens of popular music, setting side by side the brilliant pop of The Beatles and the terrifying expressionism of the modernists.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This expansive ensemble tackles arrangements of Varèse, The Beatles, and more. Modernism was a genre created to develop art through attention to form and dissonance and to emphasize the horrors of everyday life. The goal of Alarm Will Sound’s record, however, is to penetrate those dissonances in order to find moments of meaning and beauty. Big Spinoff follows the pointillistic lines of Webern and the color and buoyancy of Messiaen, while M. Marks’ arrangement of The Beatles’ “Revolution 9” presents modernism through the lens of popular music, setting side by side the brilliant pop of The Beatles and the terrifying expressionism of the modernists.

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Customer Reviews

Ambitious Arrangements, Challenging & Polished Works

phill glazz,

AWS tackles ambitious arrangement projects once again. last time it was Aphex Twin, this time they go for the jugular with The Beatles’ left-field Revolution 9, and Varese’s Poème électronique, one of the great Musique Concrete works of the ‘50s. coupled with recent AWS commissions (Wolfgang Rihm’s a particular highlight) and you have a solid package that takes a stab at universalizing modernism.

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