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CYBERISTAN

THE ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC OF KEN WALICKI

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

Ken Walicki is an American composer and  director of the Composition Program at California State University, Fullerton. He is widely recognized and acknowledged for his dramatic and engaging music, often using innovative instrumentation. Walicki was one of the first composers to use turntables in his music.

 

Walicki conveys the effects of globalization and increasing dependency on technology with CYBERISTAN, a Ravello Records release. Each piece contains its own environment and its own space. The natural acoustic sounds juxtaposed against man-made sounds of electronic instrumentation supports a dichotomy of two worlds vying for supremacy but inevitably merging into one homogenous identity. The compositions invoke many aspects of such a state, such as the spacious elegance of Black Water and the eponymous Cyberistan, the airy and hopeful Sabah, the verbose call and response of the bass and electronics in Light and a more primal piece, nada Brahma, commissioned and composed for the Kronos Quartet.

 

Walicki brilliantly captures the awe of the exotic and contrasts it elegantly with the foreboding nature of modernity. In its entirety, CYBERISTAN is a snapshot of a world that is slowly succumbing to an indifferent sameness through a more connected, yet dehumanized world.

 

CREDITS

 

TRACKS 1-4

Recorded at Meng Concert Hall in Fullerton CA

Recording Session Producer Ken Walicki

Recording Session Engineer Rich Breen

 

TRACK 5

Recorded at East/West Studio 1 in Los Angeles CA

Recording Session Producer Ken Walicki, Tom Peters

Recording Session Engineer Rich Breen

 

ALSO ON RAVELLO RECORDS

 

BALANCING ACT (RR7921)

RUSSEL PINKSTON

 

 

Release Date: September 8, 2017

Catalog #: RR7974

 

 

TRACK TITLES

 

01 LIGHT

Tom Peters Double Bass

 

02 BLACK WATER

Virginia Costa Figueiredo Clarinet, Füreya Ünal Piano

 

03 SABAH

Rachel Mellis Flute

 

04 CYBERISTAN

Füreya Ünal Piano

 

05 NADA BRAHMA

Eclipse Quartet, Sara Parkins & Sarah Thornblade violins,

Alma Lisa Fernandez viola, Maggie Parkins cello

 

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