Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Richard Maxfield / Harold Budd ‎– The Oak Of The Golden Dreams (1999)

Style: Modern Classical, Avantgarde, Contemporary
Format: CD
Label: New World Records

1.   Richard Maxfield - Pastoral Symphony
2.   Richard Maxfield - Bacchanale
3.   Richard Maxfield - Piano Concert "For David Tudor"
4.   Richard Maxfield - Amazing Grace
5.   Harold Budd - Oak Of The Golden Dreams
6.   Harold Budd - Coeur D'Orr

Robert P. Block - Violin
Bob Defrin - Cover Design
Edward Fields - Spoken Word
Terry Jenning - Saxophone
Fahrad Machkat - Violin
Charles Oreña - Sax (Soprano)
Nicolas Roussakis - Clarinet
David Tudor - Piano
Richard Maxfield - Composer, Electronics, Engineer, Sampling, Tapes
Harold Budd - Composer, Electronic Devices, Electronics, Performer, Tapes

This CD is a dual reissue of Harold Budd's The Oak of the Golden Dreams and Richard Maxfield's Electronic Music. The album presents complex, haunting, and evocative electronic soundscapes. In these examples of musique concrete occurs the odd coincidence of jazz motifs, Korean folk music, spoken word, and more. The ebb and flow of tape loops present an aural kaleidoscope, exciting to the ear, in Maxfield's pieces. Maxfield's works date six to ten years prior to Budd's 1969 and 1970 creations. More minimalist, Budd's two, lengthy (18:44 and 19:46) pieces feature ambient tone coloring out of a electric organ-like Buchla Box.
Tom Schulte / AllMusic