Wave Train

(Alga Marghen - plana-B 5NMN.020) CD $25.00

1998 collection of groundbreaking experimental compositions dating from 1958 through 1968 by Austrian-born American composer, assisted by David Tudor (piano) on “Canons,” supported on percussion by Christoph Caskel. Prepared piano piece “Ricecar,” with its spacious and ambiguous narrative, is performed by Behrman himself, while the album’s otherworldly title track is a feedback-driven tapestry of drone performed live with Gordon Mumma. “Sounds For A Film By Bob Watts” feels incredibly modern, a template for microsound composers for years to come, joining environmental recordings with mimetic synthesizer sound designs, which seem to melt into the broader soundscape like weird, metallic insects.