David Keane ‘Lyra’

David Keane 'Lyra' LP cover'Lyra' side 1'Lyra' side 2David Keane 'Lyra' liner notes

  1. Lyra (11:41)
    Monica Gaylord: piano
  2. Elegy (9:03)
    Joel Quarrington: double bass
  3. Evening Song (6:36)
    Karen Skidmore: soprano
  4. In Memoriam: Hugh LeCaine (16:29)

Total time 43:49
LP released by Music Gallery, MGE-29, Toronto, Canada, 1979

I came to worship any Toronto’s Music Gallery releases, admittedly treasuring them like nothing else in my LP collection, and this one is no exception. David Keane is a Canadian electroacoustic composer born in the US in 1943. He founded the Queen’s University Electroacoustic Music Studios, Kingston, Ontario, in 1970. Educated as a bass player in the 1960s, Keane started electroacoustic music experiments in 1963 with an interest for acoustic vs electronic dialogue and a typically focused composing style. ‘Lyra’ is his first published disc – followed by ‘Aurora’ on Barry Truax’s own Cambridge Records in 1985. The title track, for piano and electronic, is a restrained study in piano extended technique and electronic counterpoint. With the use of one string only and various playing techniques, Monica Gaylord creates a steady rhythm and sonic variations while the electronics add depth and danger with their repetitive, bass sequences. As if piano and electronics have always been meant to play together. The following tracks succeed to maintain the same level of intricacy between bass or voice and electronic treatments. The last one, dedicated to Canadian composer LeCaine, is for electronic sounds and tape. It shows Keane’s great skills in creating arresting electronic sounds and combining them in a structured, entertaining piece. David Keane wrote ‘Electroacoustic Music in Canada’ in 2000 [+], a well researched article where he pays his dues to LeCaine.


5 Responses to “David Keane ‘Lyra’”

  1. 1 bgb February 25, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Another wonderful recording I first heard shortly after its release. Thanks for this posting, it will be interesting to see how well it corresponds to my memory of it. Compliments on your great site!

  2. 2 continuo February 25, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Thank you.

  3. 3 RTC April 2, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Thanks for this one – my friend just played me Aurora and I loved it!

  4. 4 RTC April 2, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Oh, the link is dead! And it doesn’t seem to be in the re-ups…

    Hhhmmm, I guess I’ll just have to wait ’till I get my hands on the real thing then…

  5. 5 continuo April 2, 2012 at 6:14 am

    … or leave a comment in the 2012 re-ups page.

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