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Serge Blenner — Ars Oratoria
(MdeC Editions CD 001, 1999, CD)

by Jerry Baiden, Published 2000-10-01

Ars Oratoria Cover art

Serge Blenner was born in France in 1955 and studied composition at Mulhouse Conservatory. He moved to Germany in 1975 and has been recording independently since 1980. This fourteenth album of his has 21 tracks with a total time equaling over 72 minutes. The limited length of the individual tracks is what helps to make "Ars Oratoria" a rather pleasant experience. The songs, which are short and to the point, are strung together in a seamless fashion. Blenner creates a sonic montage of classical, Euro techno, and world music influences. He also constantly adds acoustic fabric to the completely computerized quilt. The production is tasteful with good usage of cello, orchestra strings, percussion, and chorus, and, again, all of it synthesized. The harmony he employs is rather simple; and yet, on "Ars Oratoria," he shows effective implementation and direction within his compositions. This seperates this CD from many computer driven creations from other artists. Well worth many listenings.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 20, 1999 releases

Related artist(s): Serge Blenner

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