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Pause ★★★ Er­go­dos

Most mu­sic is a form of takeover, a takeover that ban­ishes si­lence. But there is mu­sic that chooses to hover around the edge of in­audi­bil­ity, re­peat­edly emerg­ing from and re­treat­ing into noth­ing­ness. This se­lec­tion of works for var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions of strings, writ­ten be­tween 2008 and 2016, shows Jonathan Nangle (born 1981) mostly as an ex­plorer of soft-grained tex­tures of string on bow who seems to take nearly as much in­ter­est in the de­cay of the repet­i­tive sounds he’s imag­ined as in the sounds them­selves. The most re­cent piece, Tes­sel­late, moves a solo cello into a busier, chop­pier back­ground of elec­tronic sounds. The play­ing of mem­bers of Crash Ensem­ble seems a lit­tle coarser than the ideas be­hind the mu­sic. er­go­

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