Arnold Dreyblatt & the Orchestra of Excited Strings - Bowing
Arnold Dreyblatt wrote music in the same tradition as Rhys Chatham or Glenn Branca: 2nd generation American Minimalism. But rather than drawing from Glass and Reich, Dreyblatt seems to draw a line back to that most mystical of the early minimalists, Charlemagne Palestine. For Dreyblatt it's less about the emergent rhythmic interplay and more the harmonic effect of massive layering of sounds. Bowing, from the 1986 release Propellers in Love, really is the sound of those excited strings: high tensile sounds testing the physical limits of both players and instruments. With its rapid repetition of notes it is music that sounds as if it will snap at any moment, and the just intonation tuning only adds more of a sense of this being music right on the edge.