Exposé Online banner

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

Latest news

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

2018-02-15
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

2018-02-14
Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

2018-01-30
Bill Bruford Ventures into Uncharted Territory – Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press. » Read more

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ange - Live Tour 2003-2004 - Par les Fils de Mandrin – I guess this is Ange. That's what it says on the box, though I can easily see that Christian Décamps is the only member of the band present from the band's heyday in the 70s. He's even got a female...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues