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Village Voice 8-6-91 copyright 112w

Music Consumer Guide by Kyle Gann

= excerpts 8-6-91 =

Erling Wold: I Weep (Spooky Pooch) Here's a delightful insouciance, from the opening keyboard number's off-key tuning to the titles (I feel a little worse today than yesterday) to the inclusion of a tiny, eight-minute, three-movement piano concerto by Wold's teacher, Vsyayukh Minyetchik (1916-'83; you almost suspect she's an alter ego). Wold, the Erik Satie of Berkeley surrealist/minimalist electro-artrock, employs, a mid-'70s Eno format -- brief, electronic character pieces -- except he develops his aphorisms. The na‹vet‚ of his synthesized timbres contrasts nicely with his sophisticated tunings and nicely honed counterpoint. A weird pleasure. A MINUS

Typed by Cheryl Vega 5-18-95


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