Starkland Releases Paul Dolden's First Recording In Nine Years


COMPOSER: Paul Dolden


ARTIST: Paul Dolden


ST-220 | 754702022029

1 CD | US SRP $16.99


This CD presents the premiere recordings of two electroacoustic works by Paul Dolden: Who Has the Biggest Sound? (2005-2008) and The Un-Tempered Orchestra (2010).


His first new recording in nine years, Dolden spent about 7800 hours in the studio creating this music, using his painstaking, time-intensive approach of layering hundreds of studio tracks of live, acoustic recordings.


In Who Has the Biggest Sound?, a narrator asks, “Who can play the fastest? Who has the biggest noise? Who has the nicest melodies?” Beyond these humorous questions Dolden develops some richly dense, imaginative cultural-geographic intersections, linking howling dogs with country music, crickets with Spain’s flamenco, more.


In juxtaposition to Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier that explored the new equal-temperament tuning system, The Un-Tempered Orchestra uses non-tempered tuning systems to create a fresh multicultural space wherein Western and non-Western musical practices can coexist.


Dolden was recognized as a composer of note when, at age 29, he won his first of over 20 international awards in a career now spanning over 30 years. Dolden has written over 30 commissioned works, including those for orchestra (Esprit Orchestra, Canada; Phoenix, Switzerland), chamber ensemble (Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Sweden; Bang on A Can All-Stars, New York), virtuoso soloists (Rivka Golani, Stefan Osterjo, Nancy Ruffer, David Brutti, Francois Houle), and pure electroacoustic music (Groupe de Musique électroacoustique de Bourges, France; Réseau & Association de creation et recherché électroacoustique du Québec, Canada; and Starkland, USA).


Dolden’s two-CD set L’Ivresse de la Vitesse (Intoxicated by Speed) from empreintes DIGITALes, widely regarded as a landmark recording, was selected by The Wire as “one of the top 100 recordings of the 20th century.”



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