Industry

Industry

by Bang On A Can
     
 

The first studio recording by the puckishly named instrumental ensemble Bang on a Can (technically, BOAC is actually the name of an annual avant-garde music festival curated by the group's founders) is that rarity, a piece of contemporary classical music that is neither pretentiously inaccessible nor a blatant attempt at reaching a mainstream audience. In keeping with…  See more details below

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The first studio recording by the puckishly named instrumental ensemble Bang on a Can (technically, BOAC is actually the name of an annual avant-garde music festival curated by the group's founders) is that rarity, a piece of contemporary classical music that is neither pretentiously inaccessible nor a blatant attempt at reaching a mainstream audience. In keeping with the group's name and all-inclusive philosophy, the arrangements tend to favor hand percussion, with guitar, cello, reeds, and both electric and acoustic keyboards appearing as well. In comparison to the free-form nature of the three live anthologies that preceded this release, on which line-ups changed from track to track according to the composer's whim, Industry was recorded with a stable group. In keeping with the album's apparent attempt to introduce the concept to the mainstream classical audience, the surprisingly conservative play list of five tracks includes one piece each by the troupe's three founders, none of them particularly aggressive or "difficult," and two lengthy chamber pieces by the Dutch composer Louis Andriesson, a contemporary of Wim Mertens and other post-minimalist composers and theorists from the Netherlands whose fusion of Romantic sensibilities and post-modern playfulness is most in keeping with the group's own sensibilities. There's a certain sense that Industry is the avant-garde with training wheels, but the album's unapologetic accessibility is a large part of its charm.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/1995
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646648322
catalogNumber:
66483

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bang On A Can   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Robert Black   Bass,Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Amy Knoles   Conga
Lisa Moore   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Evan Ziporyn   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Damian leGassick   fender rhodes
Maya Beiser   Cello
Gerard Bouwhuis   Piano
Cees van Zeeland   Piano
Katherine Pendry   Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Robert Wilson Black   Bass Guitar,Double Bass
James Poke   Pan Pipes
Richard Craig   Alto Saxophone
Steven Schick   Percussion,Conga,Marimbas
Mark Stewart   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Cees van Zeeland   Piano

Technical Credits

Michael Gordon   Composer,Liner Notes,Art Direction,Artistic Director
Louis Andriessen   Composer
Richard King   Engineer
David Lang   Liner Notes,Art Direction,Artistic Director
Julia Wolfe   Liner Notes,Art Direction,Artistic Director
Mark Burdett   Cover Design
Grace Row   Producer
Burton Pritzker   Cover Photo
Dora Handel   Back Cover
Martyn Harry   Executive Producer
Grace Kristopher Row   Producer

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