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Rose, Jon: The People's Music

The thirteen tracks that fulfill The People's Music flow as a single suite: individual tracks range from the isolated repeated scraping of a violin's strings with a bow, to background ambience from the People's [violin] Factory and additional samplings and noises. While Rose a longtime avant composer with a sizeable discography gave birth to the seed, the actual proceedings are handled by the "People's String Orchestra," a unique ensemble comprised of different violinists from two different Australian youth and university orchestras. The People's Music makes a 1950's-era factory its theme, and incorporates for verisimilitude dialogue by Lely Evans, dubbed the "Red Guard Factory Guide" (a great voice actress; some bits are rather comical, even). Still, the entire affair comes off more like an aural movie (which it's intended to be) than an album of actual music. This won't be to everybody's liking, with quick-cutting sound bites, close-to-violent plucking & bowing, and mallets continuously falling contributing to an aura of unease. "Big People" (Tr8) begins life as a genuine composition before re-embracing the aesthetic of the overall theme in the last third. "Big..." comes full circle, but the unison pounding of mallets and Evans' disciplinarian scoldings are never far behind. Proceed with caution.

Track Listing:

1. The People's Music 3:33
2. Wake Up People 1:15
3. Working People 2:37
4. No People :43
5. Your People 5:17
6. Some People 2:22
7. People Control 2:52
8. Big People 6:38
9. Odd People 4:14
10. Noisy People 4:40
11. Busy People 2:22
12. The People's Struggle 2:14
13. The People's End 4:30

Total time: 44:24

Added: May 9th 2004
Reviewer: Elias Granillo
Related Link: The Jon Rose Web
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Language: english

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