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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

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