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Artist: DOYLE, ROGER
Title: Babel
Format: 5 CD Box Set
Label: Silverdoor
Country: Ireland
Price: $58.00
"A gigantic 5CD conceptual release by legendary Irish experimental composer Roger Doyle (previous albums on Christoph Heemanns DOM label; Doyle also recorded as Operating Theatre -- reissued on CD by United Dairies). "Babel is a large-scale musical structure making use of many technologies and music languages, with each piece of music being thought of as a room or place within an enormous tower city. In the main section are 3 CDs where each track corresponds to a virtual architecture. The pieces are divided into two kinds: aural representations of actual spaces (e.g. The Dressing Room, The Stairwell, Mr. Bradys Room), and internalized dream spaces (e.g. The Room of Rhetoric, Mall Fountain, the Spirit Levels, the Mansard childhood memory room). Listeners can navigate their way differently through this CD building at each hearing if they so wish. The instrumental solos in some of these chamber musics evolved in collaboration with the musicians and would not have been possible without the unique approach and talent of each performer. As a Babel supplement are the 2 CDs of KBBL -- the Towers fictitious radio station. Each of its 4 shows has its own style and atmosphere. Collaborating with DJs, actors, writers and singers, KBBL is made to sound like a real radio station with ads, traffic reports, phone-ins etc. There are also live circus and nightclub recordings associated with KBBL in this supplement and in the main section. Other than these connections, and others not mentioned, Babel celebrates language (a slight variation on the Biblical morality tale) and musical expression in all its variety." -Silverdoor.

Artist: DOYLE, ROGER
Title: Fairlight Memories
Format: Double CD
Label: Silverdoor
Country: Ireland
Price: $23.00
"The music on these CDs was composed on a Fairlight Computer Music Instrument between 1983 and 1988. Together with the Synclavier (made famous by Frank Zappas use of it) the Fairlight was among the first synthesizers controlled by a computer. It had a sampler, a sequencer (called Page R), on-screen waveform display -- very popular with bands on Top of the Pops showing off their new Fairlights -- and a central processor unit (CPU) that took two people to lift. In 1982 I was involved in a studio that bought one, and after two months teaching myself how to use it I warmed to its possibilities and limitations. There were things it did that no other piece of equipment has done since, yet at the same time I was forced to input material into the sequencer monophonically. The sequencer held up to eight monophonic lines, forcing me to think contrapuntally. This 8-voice polyphony was like having a constantly changing chamber octet at my disposal. By 1988 it was gathering dust in the corner of the studio, having been superseded by newer technology and fashion, so I made an offer and bought it cheaply for my own embryonic home studio. In 1990 I sold it and it drifted out of my life. I made great use out of it -- sometimes composing pieces in a few hours -- and have very fond memories of the Fairlight." - Silverdoor.

Artist: DOYLE, ROGER
Title: Thalia/Oizzo No
Format: CD
Label: Silverdoor
Country: Ireland
Price: $16.00
"The music on this CD represents the early works of Irish composer Roger Doyle -- pieces composed in the late 1960s to mid 70s, re-packaged and re-mastered in 2002. It includes his extremely rare self-released 1975 debut LP Oizzo No and his second LP Thalia from 1978, originally released on CBS Classics, all on the one 77 minute CD. The earliest piece is Bitter-Sweet Suite for out-of-tune piano composed when he was 18, and the latest Thalia, his first large-scale electronic piece, composed at the age of 26. Doyle is most well-known for his United Dairies Operating Theatre masterwork Rapid Eye Movements, his third LP. Thalia/Oizzo No contains his work leading up to this legendary piece and fills in the picture of his early development. Beautiful, totally strange stuff." - Silverdoor.

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