venerdì 17 agosto 2012

Review of Apollo by Icebreaker, Cantalupe Music, 2012

Italian Translation

It seems to be the moment for a new consecration for Brian Eno. After having been a rock star with  Roxies Music, having invented theAmbient musical genre, after an exceptional career as talent scout and producer (David Bowie, Devo, Talking Heads, U2 and recently Coldplay), administrator of  contemporary art festivals, multimedia installations and great essayist, his music are finally considered from important ensembles of contemporary music. After the beautiful DVD with Music for Airport performed by the Bang on to Can, now the ensemble Icebreaker and the pedal steel guitarist's BJ Cole introduces theirs inspired version, among electronic, electric and acoustic sounds, of one of the more interesting and important ambient records: "Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks" composed in 1983 by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois for the documentary by Al Reinert on the spatial mission Apollo, For All Mankind.
This new version had originally been conceived and commissioned in 2009 by the Museum of Science in London to commemorate the 40 anniversary of the landing on moon. The Korean composer Woojun Lee has succeeded with his arrangement in bringing the music to its original conception: once upon a time Eno jokingly defined Apollo as an attempt to compose zero music gravity, using the long and dreamy notes of the pedal steel guitar to evoke the empty spatial expanses and to capture the unintentional humor of the jumps on the lunar surface and of the floating spatial walks of the astronauts.
Realized with the help of the same Eno, the recording of this music was completed after a series of concerts and performance during in the summer of 2009 to the Science Museum IMAX cinema in London and in the spring of 2010 to the Brighton Dome on the occasion of a series of events managed by the same Eno for the Brighton International Festival.
The nice version produced for the independent record label Cantalupe Island (a proprietorship of the ensemble Bang on to Can) throws a new light on this music of great atmosphere, please listen to this record in these warm summer evenings, the stars and the Moon will seem even more beautiful.


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