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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

by Mark Applebaum
     
 
Intellectual Property is a mischievous album by a mischievous composer. Each track brings its load of surprises, the album as a whole portraying Mark Applebaum's many interests: sound sculpture, electronics, acoustic instrumentation, and "composer humor," so to speak. This very diversity can be seen as the disc's flaw, but it actually makes for a more enjoyable

Overview

Intellectual Property is a mischievous album by a mischievous composer. Each track brings its load of surprises, the album as a whole portraying Mark Applebaum's many interests: sound sculpture, electronics, acoustic instrumentation, and "composer humor," so to speak. This very diversity can be seen as the disc's flaw, but it actually makes for a more enjoyable listen than the more single-minded Mousetrap Music or Janus Remixes. "Intellectual Property I" is a dry choice for a beginning. A piece for two improvising pianists, one recorded and one playing live, both on the same Disklavier, it combines conflicting nonidiomatic (but actually contemporary classical-oriented) and jazz passages in a rather predictable way. "Plundergraphic" is much more substantial. The piece calls for eight-channel tape (consisting of two stereo acoustic quartets and their digitally processed counterparts) mixed live with a live acoustic quartet and its processed counterpart. Rich and dizzying, the piece provides the first highlight of the set. "Ferneyhough Remix" is a very interesting, virtuoso (and short) percussion duet with tape. But the main opus of the album is "Mouseketier Praxis," a 26-minute, four-part improvisation on Applebaum's homemade contraptions. The Mouseketier is the evolution of the Mousetrap, featured on an earlier CD. Similar in concept to Hugh Davies' sculptures, it consists of a wild assortment of springs, rods, and combs mounted on electroacoustic soundboards. Applebaum displays a commanding level of creativity on the beast. "Scipio Wakes Up" features six smaller versions of the Mouseketier, the Micro Mice, in an ensemble setting (the Paul Dresher Ensemble) and the results are convincing. The album concludes with "Pre-Composition," a funny and marvelously pointless eight-channel tape piece featuring the inner voices of the composer arguing on what should be the proposed eight-channel piece -- arcane humor for electroacoustic buffs.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
Label:
Innova Records
UPC:
0726708660222
catalogNumber:
602

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Applebaum   Primary Artist,Piano
Paul Dresher   Keyboards
Philip Aaberg   Keyboards
Craig Fry   Violin
Paul Hanson   Bassoon
Amy Knoles   Marimbas
Gene Reffkin   Electronic Drums
Chris Chafe   Cello
Jane Rigler   Flute,Piccolo
Steven Schick   Percussion

Technical Credits

Paul Dresher   Sound Effects
Philip Aaberg   Sound Effects
Craig Fry   Sound Effects
Amy Knoles   Sound Effects
Gene Reffkin   Sound Effects
Philip Blackburn   Director
Mark Applebaum   Engineer,Liner Notes
Gregory Kuhn   Engineer
Ryan Francesconi   Artwork
Jay Kadis   Engineer

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