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The Sink­ing of the Ti­tanic Touch

Recorded live at the 2005 Venice Bi­en­nale, the newly re­leased third ver­sion of Gavin Br­yars’s sem­i­nal 1969 piece is also its finest. First recorded for Brian Eno’s Ob­scure la­bel in 1975 (along with Br­yars’s other break-out piece, Je­sus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet), Ti­tanic brought the English jazz mu­si­cian/ com­poser to the fore­front of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic with its blend of mu­si­cal and sonic de­bris (elec­tronic sounds, sur­vivor in­ter­views, hymn frag­ments), sim­ple melodic lines and mur­mur­ing rhythms. Un­like its more for­mal 1994 or­ches­tral ver­sion, the 2005 ver­sion is leaner, longer and more dy­namic. Fea­tur­ing Br­yars on dou­ble bass, DJ Philip Jeck on turnta­bles and mu­sic ensem­ble Al­ter Ego on strings, brass, wind and per­cus­sion, it achieves, in its aleatoric com­bi­na­tion of new mu­si­cal and sonic el­e­ments (dig­i­tal noize, foot­ball match record­ing, crick­ets) an as­ton­ish­ing emo­tional ur­gency. www.touch­mu­sic. Down­load Track: The Sink­ing of the Ti­tanic

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