Alarm Will Sound performs Aphex Twin
The long-awaited follow-up to their acclaimed all-Steve Reich debut is here. Alarm Will Sound, the young 22-piece new music band featuring voices, strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussionists takes on twisted techno master Aphex Twin in Acoustica.
Alarm Will Sound, whom the New York Times calls "the future of classical music," with a cadre of 10 arrangers, painstakingly recreates and rethinks Aphex Twin's legendary electronic work for an all-acoustic ensemble. From creative new transcription ideas to using non-standard "classical music" instruments to ensuring that all four drummers are kept busy with Aphex Twin's unimaginably intricate beats, this sounds like no CD you've heard before. The CD also features bonus remixes by the emerging Berlin-based techno master Dennis DeSantis.
"A staggering palette of nuances and colors... expert execution."
"Überhip." -Entertainment Weekly
"Having the New York Times off-handedly declare you as 'the future of classical music' would probably be enough to intimidate anyone... Alarm Will Sound, however, seem to have risen to the challenge."
"A sonic scavenger hunt, as you wait to see how various chirps, noises, doodads, and chaotic episodes are represented orchestrally. Alarm Will Sound makes strikingly vivid realizations of what feel like synthetic sounds. Acoustica is a surprisingly effective rediscovery of the range and color of Aphex Twin's music but for many, the wild precision and brass balls of Alarm Will Sound will be the real discovery."
-Boston's Weekly Dig
"The results are astonishing... every string, horn and woodwind instrument is perfectly aligned. Acoustica is a high-wire act... masterfully balances the energy of the original tracks with the subtleties of classical music."
For more information about the composer, visit the artist page for Aphex Twin.
For more information about the performers, visit the artist page for Alarm Will Sound.