David Rosenboom: Invisible Gold

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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
Invisible Gold reissues two key works in the development of electronic music involving biological input. To the casual, unsuspecting listener, "Portable Gold and Philosophers' Stones" feels like a standard new age electronic piece from the 1970s, with long sustained notes and a slow-developing structure, while the two-part "On Being Invisible" can be perceived as experimental electronic music that might even include chaos theory computer algorithms. Enjoyable but not striking at this level, the music must be placed back into its context of production. David Rosenboom pioneered music experimentations triggered by biofeedback. The first piece links together four ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
Invisible Gold reissues two key works in the development of electronic music involving biological input. To the casual, unsuspecting listener, "Portable Gold and Philosophers' Stones" feels like a standard new age electronic piece from the 1970s, with long sustained notes and a slow-developing structure, while the two-part "On Being Invisible" can be perceived as experimental electronic music that might even include chaos theory computer algorithms. Enjoyable but not striking at this level, the music must be placed back into its context of production. David Rosenboom pioneered music experimentations triggered by biofeedback. The first piece links together four performers' brainwaves to a computer and a synthesizer. The more the performers members of the group Biome are focused and produce specific brainwaves, the more the music expands in terms of range and variations. In the second piece, the performer Rosenboom is part of a system that produces electronic sounds and predicts the interacting participant's brainwave reactions. If the performer confirms the prediction, the music continues to develop in this direction; if he "surprises" the system with unpredicted brainwave activity, the music explores new possibilities. Rosenboom's work later influenced a handful of composers, including Michael Prime, who uses the electromagnetic fields of plants to create some stunning music see L-Fields. This reissue was long overdue and is warmly welcomed, if only for its historical and conceptual importance. The booklet contains extensive liner notes by the composer. "Portable Gold and Philosophers' Stones" was recorded in 1972 and first released on the LP Brainwave Music in 1974 Aesthetic Research Centre of Canada. "On Being Invisible, Parts I & II" was recorded in 1977 and released the same year on the LP On Being Invisible Music Gallery Editions. Both have been remastered and sound crisp.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • Label: Polydor Import
  • UPC: 760342102229
  • Catalog Number: 21022

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Rosenboom Primary Artist, Solo Instrumental, Drums, Horn, Voices, finger cymbals
Michael Brook Recorder
Technical Credits
David Rosenboom Composer, Liner Notes, Feedback
Michael Brook Engineer
Robert W. Richards Mastering
Matt Schickele Cover Design
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