new to stock as of
march 11th, 2011
|western vinyl (usa) #west 083 cd|
small music (germany) #small music no. 2
rolf julius “music for a distance • small music no. 2” compact disc
- music for a distance (39:53) 2003-2009
- music in a corner (6:53) 1983
|february 2011 release ; second title in western vinyl’s renewal of rolf julius’ “small music” campaign, covering two pieces ... the first, a impeccable electro-acoustic composition consisting of bubbling upper-mid range gloss (echo’ing françois bayle’s “toupie dans le ciel”) executed between 2003 & 2009 & the second, a shorter installation piece created in 1983 ... both pieces offer a rich palette of in-situ sounds, rife with machine-shop allure ; highly recommended !!!|
|western vinyl press release...|
rolf julius music for a distance
release date: february 22, 2011
catalog number : wv 83
packaging: cardboard wallet
music for a distance is the second release in the small music series. the title of the work in relation to the cover images (abstract photographs of julius’ wife resembling landscapes merging into a distant horizon) suggests a work of uncommon poetic perception and inspiration. with the opening track "music for a distance," julius achieves a sensitive balance of unpredictability and deliberate design, at times resembling a symphony of insects, complete with crickets and cicadas and rustling leaves. listening closely, you can hear old fractured melodies float by only to be hidden again under a thunderous sky and rain.
“music for a distance” began as a 2003 live performance of “musik für eine weite ebene” (music for a wide plain) at the donaueschinger musiktage in germany. over the next 6 years julius continued to refine the piece in the studio, in addition to live performances of the piece in europe, asia, and north america.
the dense and nocturnal closing track, “music in a corner” was composed for an installation at moma ps1 in new york in 1983. though different in proportion and point of view, it nevertheless captures the stillness of the horizon that would inspire “music for a distance” many years later.
|• julius' pioneering work “dike line” (1979), was presented at the ground breaking collective exhibition “f r augen und ohren” in 1980, together with works by john cage, nam june paik, joe jones, bill fontana, harry bertoia, and david tudor.|
• julius' works have since been shown in countless major exhibitions and important musuems around the world, such as new york's ps1 (1983), the 1985 paris biennial, documenta 8, kassel (1987), the hamburger banhof, berlin (1998), pittsburgh's mattress factory (2001), the centre pompidou, paris (2004), the two editions of sonambiente, berlin (in 1996 and 2006), museum bochum (2006), national museum for modern art, japan (2007), as well as in various galleries and non-profit spaces in berlin, paris, tokyo, bordeaux, san francisco, montpellier and barcelona.
• in 2005, in berlin, julius was awarded the prestigious hannah-höch-preis for an outstanding artistic life's work.
• a selection from julius’ music for the ears (wv75) was featured on the popular npr show radio lab.