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Alan Sondheim / Azure Carter / Luke Damrosch - LIMIT
CD (Providence, RI)



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-aborrowers
-afghaninvdynb
-composb
-danmoib
-exp3
-harbinger
-hegelmadalmod
-holelessb
-hala
-longsazb
-movement4b
-movement5b
-preludeb
-rab1b
-thecriesb
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-violexb
-zymphonyb




Luke Damrosch: programming, engineering, madal
Azure Carter: songs, vocals
Alan Sondheim: mastering, concept, viola, guqin, flute, clarinet, alto clarinet, long-necked saz, dan moi, ghichak, ukulele, guzheng, holeless shakuhaci, hegelung, sanshin, rebab

Reviews:
(Disaster Amnesiac) Public Eyesore and Sondheim/Carter have a good thing going for sure. Limit is, what, their third CD on the label? They never fail to deliver the goods aesthetically. Their visionary mesh of Azure's plainly spoke/sung soprano lyrics with Alan's prodigious talents on scads of stringed and woodwind instruments never fails to have Disaster Amnesiac blown away by their creative and unique sound. As stated on the liner note (and if you get the disc, be sure and read its revelations), Limit is an attempt to engineer a musical performance to go both ways in time. While Sondheim acknowledges that this is a real impossibility, the live processing of Luke Damrosch renders it almost within reach. While it's sometimes rather disconcerting to mentally process the forward-backward motion of the singing and playing as they're subtly pushed back and back back and then forward, when Alan wails on tunes such as afghaninvdynb and movement5b, the simultaneously simple and complex nature of his vision shines through. The same goes for Azure's lovely, endearing singing on aborrowers and harbinger. Her voice may be the most purely American, in the Ives-ian sense, that Disaster Amnesiac knows of. There's a murky, swampy feel to songs such as thecriesb and holelessb that seems to be the direct result of the the instrumental/processing blend. This dynamic reaches its apotheosis at disc's end on zymphonyb, wherein the layers get maddeningly complicated. Limit is Alan Sondheim's stated desire as being "For a new music-". As with any works of this type, it ain't exactly easy or comforting. That said, it feels to me like the start of a new phase for he and Azure Carter. Disaster Amnesiac looks forward to hearing what's beyond this brink. - Mark Pino
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