THE YOUNG GODS - PLAY TERRY RILEY IN C

THE YOUNG GODS - PLAY TERRY RILEY IN C

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The Young Gods are publishing a new record with Two Gentlemen, Play Terry Riley In C. Needless to say this is a fertile meeting between two monuments who have helped shape the cutting-edge music of the last few decades. Terry Riley, born in 1935, is the cornerstone on which a considerable number of artists have relied to liberate their relationship to the process and methods of creation. In the same way, The Young Gods revolutionised, from the second half of the 1980s, their relationship with rock music by converting guitars into samplers.

The dialogue between these two pioneers underpins a particularly fiery record. Composed and premiered in 1964, In C is a major piece in the contemporary music repertoire of the second half of the 20th century, and a pivotal moment in its history. In C is innovative in several respects – first of all in its structure: its score is reduced to 53 musical phrases, which each musician must repeat in the order in which they appear, as many times as he or she wishes; the instrumentarium is not specified; the impetus for the performance is not given (vertically) by an orchestral direction, but (horizontally) by the musicians listening to one another.

In this album The Young Gods offer a new interpretation of In C, as a trio and with their own sound vocabulary – electronic instruments, drums, and guitars. They have chosen to follow the score and Terry Riley’s indications, while allowing for some additional freedom, for example in terms of managing the sound intensity – which evolves, in several long cycles, from almost silence to eruption and back again. They have also chosen to maintain a constant tempo throughout the live performance by building up a hypnotic flow and a continuous musical presence that meanders and oscillates in perpetually changing rings and atmospheres that transform in a perfectly fluid manner.