Laurie Spiegel's ground breaking debut album finally reissued! Originally released back in 1980 on the tiny Philo label, The Expanding Universe remains a sought-after and pioneering work in computer-based music. On first listen, the minimalist experimental / ambient vibes will remind you of work from Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, or even Brian Eno - but the method in which this work was created is what makes it truly special. Laurie realized and composed these pieces completely from electronic sounds on the GROOVE system at Bell Laboratories between the years of 1974 and 1977, interacting with computer-based logic to create each piece (a feat far ahead of its time). The resulting music is rich and engrossing, full of slow churning sounds and evolving textures that totally suck you in to a world outside our own. The short sound samples really don't do justice, but check "Patchwork," "Old Wave," "Pentachrome," and the title track for a taste. Anyone who uses computer-based logic to create music (Ableton Live, Max/MSP,etc), definitely needs to hear this incredible work. Comes with free download card with expanded bonus tracks recorded from the same period, nearly all previously unreleased. Recommended.
- music label: Unseen Worlds 2013
reviewed by TKB 04/2013