Oscar Edelstein | The Sacred Theory Of Acoustic Space: Book 1

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The Sacred Theory Of Acoustic Space: Book 1

by Oscar Edelstein

Powerful and striking rhythmic, electro-acoustic composition by Argentina's foremost modern composer, Oscar Edelstein. Latin America's first Super audio CD which deserves being played on the best equipment.
Genre: Avant Garde: Modern Composition
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1. Prologue and Introduction
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4:38 album only
2. Acoustic Grid - Gear
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11:12 album only
3. Omega 2 Omega 3
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1:49 album only
4. H
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5. Choir of the Sacred Theory of the Acoustic Space: Book 1
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3:03 album only
6. Free
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7. Epilogue - Shadows'art
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Oscar Edelstein
Argentinean composer, pianist, director, and researcher.
Born in La Paz, Entre Ríos.

Oscar Edelstein is considered one of the most important and original composers in Argentina. His work is profuse, and crucial in the map of Latin American contemporary music, new ópera, and performance.

As well as a composer, Edelstein is a pianist. For his last concert Rivers and Mirrors: Part I, a reviewer from ILAMS music society noted, Oscar Edelstein “possesses a formidable pianistic technique…There is an intensity to the work that rarely loses its edge.” (See www.riversandmirrors.com)

Edelstein created the ENS - Ensamble Nacional del Sur in 1997. His performances with the ENS were considered by specialist music critics as “the most relevant musical events of recent decades in Argentina”, “the highest point in the experimental production of the continent” and “a historical imprint in the production of the avant-garde”. The ENS performed live the first section of the trilogy, La Teoría Sagrada del Espacio Acoustico in 2004 where the ENS performed in Argentina and Brazil to audiences of thousands, and recorded the work on a Super Audio disc.

Edelstein’s chamber and electronic productions have attained several national and international awards. He has also directed many chamber groups of improvisation in music, frequently exploring the interplay between music and theatre. His important research programme into new musical theories and acoustic techniques, the Programa Prioritario de investigación Teatro Acústico, at the University of Quilmes, in 2006 became the first arts project to receive funding from the Agencia de Promocion Científica y Tecnologica dependiente del Ministerio de Educación.

Among his other works can be quoted the operas Klange Urutau, El Hecho (created and performed in 1997 and 1998 respectively), and El Tiempo - La Condena (created and performed in 1999). La Teoría Sagrada del Espacio Acústico – Libro I, Libro II: La Grilla Acústica, and Libro III: La Luz en Sombra de tus Ojos Muertos is a trilogy. They are all works grounded in the field of “the extended theatre of music”, where Edelstein stresses a focus in voice, speech production and the interplay with technology.

His latest opera, Los Monstruito, commissioned by the experimental wing of Teatro Colon (CETC) was highly acclaimed. Based around the political era of Carlos Menem, it was the first work to cover this period. The libretto was written by Edelstein, adapting the poems of national poet, Enrique Rodolfo Fogwill. The Clarin reviewed it as “Original, innovative – some pieces are like from the anthology of opera” and La Nación said, “Oscar Edelstein opens new horizons for modern music and opera in Argentina.”

REVIEWS OF THE ENS
"… cult, absolutely original, ultra-powerful & new." Carlos Marín, El Diario

"It's music in a physical sense, authentic dithyrambic music, realized simultaneously with millImetric accuracy…" Federico Monjeau, Clarin

"The choice of instruments can be easily associated to the world of rock, but it is only a sound- colour as the group is impelled by Edelstein to explore zones that go much further, for example, than the advanced experience of Robert Fripp. " Martín Liut, La Nación

"…the most important musical event of the last decade in Argentina." Diego Fischerman, Pagina 12

"To develop this new musical battle between creation & technology [Edelstein] can count on an invincible instrumental army, the ENS." Martín Liut, La Nación

RECENT REVIEWS OF EDELSTEIN’S MUSIC

"…A deeply touching work." Südwestpresse

"…rhythmical, multi layered sound fields develop like waves. Edelstein’s close woven music…has a force that goes under the skin with great vitality." Basellandschaftliche Zeitung 



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Carlos Casal Girao

Excelente la obra y el grupo, Oscar Edelstein es un referente principal de la mú
Oscar Edelstein es uno de los mejores músicos Argentinos de las últimas décadas y éste es un disco extraordinario, una música que adelanta a su tiempo y que hace historia. Lo escuché en Brasil y en Argentina en vivo y se trata de lo mas granado de la vanguardia musical pero con sentido; un refinado y único sonido 5.1 y la mas extraordinaria original concepción musical.

Carlos Casal Girao

Excelente la obra y el grupo, Oscar Edelstein es un referente principal de la mú
Oscar Edelstein es uno de los mejores músicos Argentinos de las últimas décadas y éste es un disco extraordinario, una música que adelanta a su tiempo y que hace historia. Lo escuché en Brasil y en Argentina en vivo y se trata de lo mas granado de la vanguardia musical pero con sentido; un refinado y único sonido 5.1 y la mas extraordinaria original concepción musical.

AL KERR

LIGHT BLUE TOUCH PAPER AND STAND WELL BACK...
To use a literary metaphor, Oscar Edelstein is much more JRR Tolkein than JK Rowling, and The Sacred Theory of Acoustic Space is definitely The Lord of the Rings as opposed to Harry Potter. Enough analogies; in a word, Edelstein is good. In two words, he's very good. His current work doesn't so much permeate your eardrums as smash its way into your skull with a sledgehammer. Layers and layers of sonic creativity hold you in a vice-like grip, from the first haunting notes (played on a grand piano's internal strings - cool or what),to the triumphant final dischord. Don't expect an easy ride - this is the real thing, baby. Enjoy.

Federico Martorell

impresionante la obra y el grupo!
Esta obra es una de las mejores que he escuchado en mucho tiempo, el grupo ENS tiene algun parecido muy remoto con el mejor King Crimnson, o con el Stockhausen mas liberado, pero le gana lejos lejos, es de una organizacion formal superior y su timbrica no se parece a nada de lo que alguien pueda haber alguna vez imaginado, realmente es increible. Edelstein se constituye como uno de las mas importantes musicos latinoamericanos de los ultimos tiempos.

Claire - Cardiff

Makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
Track 2 to this album makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck - it builds and builds - first time I listened to Steve Reich's Drumming I had a similar feeling but this is rhythmically even stronger. Edelstein uses the kinds of rhythms that would make a jazz drummer go wild. Track 5 and 7 also stand out for me. It's like a journey to another world - impossible to explain - like a mad sci-fi film. If this were a movie it would be the Wizard of Oz meets 2001: A Space Odyssey and if Kubrick were alive I think Edelstein would be writing his scores. I only wish I had been able to see this album when the ENS were performing it live. Edelstein is now working on Book 2 of the Acoustic Space so hopefully there will be live performances of that next year.

Norma Procter

Edelstein IS Argentina's avant-garde
A journalist wrote in MetroLife (May 2007) that Edelstein IS Argentina's avant-garde. For music listeners steeped in the classical tradition, this CD could be the way into contemporary music.(If you can get Rivers and Mirrors, even better!) The Sacred Theory of Acoustic Space swept me along with its absolute drama. Edelstein's use of the human voice in track 5 is hauntingly magnificent. Track 7, the Epilogue, played by Edlestein, demonstrates piano at its most evocative. ( Maybe the faint -hearted or those new to the avant-guarde could start listening here!) Edelstein is said to be one of the most innovative composers around. This recording shows his unique style at its best.