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WERNER DURAND
Hemispheres LP (Blue vinyl)
16.50
Blume 01 / GER / 2014
The 2 saxophone pieces presented here were composed and recorded roughly 10 years apart and document his move from free microtonality towards Just Intonation, to which he was turned on to as a member of Arnold Dreyblatt and the Orchestra of Excited Strings from 1990 to 1997. The 2 Hemispheres represent the 2 parts of the brain, associated with the intuitive (right) and rational (left) part. Right Hemsiphere for soprano sax was composed in 1990 for a festival in Berlin, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the invention of the saxophone. The main idea for this piece was to make one forget what instrument one is listening to as well as to feature various unorthodox techniques like loose embouchure, false fingerings or circular breathing and a „free“ microtonaltiy. It was inspired by certain composers of microtonal music like Giacinto Scelsi, Phill Niblock ,LoisV.Vierk and Mary Jane Leach. The original version of Left Hemisphere was developed between 1995 and 2000.