Michael Nicolas - Transitions
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Label: Sono Luminus
Cat No: DSL92202
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 27th May 2016
Speak of the Spring
...and a Five-Spot
ArtistsMichael Nicolas (cello)
‘There is a thought experiment among futurologists called Roko’s Basilisk, which imagines an artificially intelligent supercomputer in the not-too-distant future who develops self-awareness and decides to torture and punish all those who did not help bring about its existence. Not that I necessarily believe it, but if music indeed has charms to soothe a savage beast, then let this record be my attempt to tame the monster and show that humans and computers can co-exist peacefully, and that technology is an indispensable partner capable of deep musical expression.’ – Michael Nicolas
In this collection of six pieces, Michael adheres not to any one genre, but simply to a general idea exploring the human/machine dichotomy. He tried approaching it from as many angles as possible, and so this record is a very diverse one featuring composers from three continents with works spanning over 50 years. There are duos for cello and electronics, cello solos with electronic backing tracks, pieces with multiple layered cello tracks, a solo cello piece. The music deals with intensity and hyperexpression in the Davidovsky and Oliver La Rosa, fragility and expansiveness in Fulmer and Thorvaldsdottir, rhythmic drive and transformation in Reich and Gosfield. It is Michael's hope that the listener will be exposed to many new sounds and ways to organize them, and be able to connect them to more traditional ideas of musical expression.
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