Pre-order products will be shipped to arrive as close as possible to the release date. All orders are dispatched in a single consignment so any other items in your cart will be held until all products are available. Please note that release dates for items on pre-order are subject to change.

James Tenney

A 3 track 20th/21st century album (48m 3s) — released November 4th 2022 on Karlrecords

By zkr director REINHOLD FRIEDL's personal request now available on vinyl for the
first time: zeitkratzer's critically acclaimed interpretations of groundbreaking
compositions by JAMES TENNEY.


JAMES TENNEY (1934 - 2006) was a composer, music theorist and pioneer especially in the
field of microtonal music, being an influential part of the so-called New York avantgarde
scene (CAGE, FELDMAN). Besides his compositonal work, TENNY was teacher at various
universities with students like CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE, CARL STONE or CATHERINE
LAMB, and a close friend with ELIANE RADIGUE.
This album by zeitkratzer presents three compostions by TENNEY whose music has been
part of zeitkratzer's repertoire since their beginning:
# "Critical Band" – TENNEY's late classic – with maximum clarity and precision of bearing
tone rhythms and microtonal tuning as light effect.
# the first recording of "Harmonium #2".
Both works demonstrate the remarkable power and resplendent sharpness which TENNEY
achieved with his microtonal settings.
# "Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion" (incl. in the download) is an orgiastic
listening experience in the form of a huge crescendo on a tam-tam - from whispering to
singing, culminating in shrill roaring and blustering – and it's dark decay.


zeitkratzer's approach to TENNEY's music as a sensual sound adventure, finally available on
vinyl!



  • Kudos happily ship all items worldwide.
  • Shipping costs and delivery times are available here.
  • UK items are sent tracked as standard at no extra cost.
  • We aim to dispatch orders placed before 2pm on the same day.
  • We are unable to ship orders on weekends or Bank Holidays.
  • If you purchase a pre-order item amongst an order of in-stock releases, we will typically hold your order until all items are in ready to send.
  • Although we use all reasonable means to ensure that your order is delivered within a specified time, we cannot accept any responsibility for late deliveries due to circumstances outside of our control. We will do our best to inform you of any unexpected delay.