01 Intrada: ‘Calls’ (07:23)
02 Tornado (10:20)
03 Tides (14:50)
Total time: 32:30
McGill University Records LP, 1976
Bengt Hambraeus (1928-2000) is a swedish composer. Trained as an organist, he devoted many compositions to church organ. He also worked as a producer for swedish national radio in the 1960s. He started being interested in electronic music during the 1950s, his first compositions for tape being ‘Doppelrohr II’ (1955) and ‘Fresque sonore’ (1956-7). During this period, he also attended Donauschingen and Darmstadt masterclasses and concerts. Hambraeus moved to Canada in 1972 to teach at Montreal’s McGill University’s Faculty of Music electroacoustic music studio, until his retirement in 1990.
The 3 electroacoustic works on this LP, resplendent with timbral refinement and an impeccable control of timing, were all recorded in McGill’s electroacoustic studio. The first one ‘Intrada: Calls’ is based on processed horn instruments and an unbelievably slowed-down thumb-piano recording. The last one, ‘Tides’, is the electronic equivalent of a beach’s surf and wind, and wouldn’t have been out of place on Musicworks #29 (see previous post). This amazing 15mns composition displays gorgeous drone and wind sounds all produced in the studio, sometimes akin to The Hafler Trio’s typical metaphysical sounds.