Walt Ribiero — I.I
(no#, 2006, CD)
by Sean McFee, Published 2008-01-01Walt Ribeiro is an American composer in his early 20s, influenced both by classical music and modern rock. I.I is probably best described as post-modern classical music. It consists of twelve pieces, seven orchestral, three for string quartet, and two for piano. Nothing is performed by actual musicians, but was instead realized using software such as Sibelius, MOTU's Digital Performer, and East West Quantum Leap Gold XP. I have heard a lot of "MIDI music" in my time and it pretty well all sounded like crap, but I have to say that the technology has come a long way. The orchestral pieces really do sound like they were recorded by an orchestra. The main melody is quite minimal; consisting of the notes E-E-F-E as Ribeiro says. Ribeiro does all the standard compositional tricks and variations on this melody, but this said the main drawing points of the orchestral pieces is the orchestration itself, the variation in dynamics, the evocative moods. The listener will not find the kind of harmonic progressions and variation that would be present in a symphonic movement. So while this is an enjoyable listening experience, and a victory that this kind of album could be made at all without a studio, I think it would benefit from a bit more depth. If the compositions could match the arranging this would be fantastic, but I can still give a thumbs up to open-minded classical music fans regardless.
Related artist(s): Walt Ribeiro
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more