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Phillip Bimstein: Garland Hirschi's Cows

Stereophile:
"stars½ Outstanding in his field... [Bimstein] has used digital sampling technology to tell wry and moving stories, and to elevate the mundane to the level of high art... brilliantly original... Here is a talent to watch."

Alternative Press:
"stars  Memorable and entertaining."

Wired:
"Quirky and thoroughly engaging."

Offering five "alternative classical" works, this premiere Phillip Bimstein CD has been called "the ear-opening CD of 1997" in Stereophile.

The delightful Garland Hirschi's Cows describes a Utah farmer, his cows, and why they moo. Radio airplay of the work has generated hundreds of calls (especially after being heard on NPR's All Things Considered).

Arrow Link Listen to Phillip Bimstein discuss his music on NPR's All Things Considered.

Dark Winds Rising, for string quartet and tape, presents the Kaibab Paiute tribe's successful fight against the installation of a toxic waste incinerator on their native land. Employing a technique he calls "voice organics," Bimstein uses sampled speech to develop rhythmic patterns, melodies, and sound effects such as mesa winds, industrial ratchets, a snake pit, and bird calls.

In The Door, Bimstein uses samples of his creaking studio door to create some funky brass instruments, a pulsating rhythm section, fragments of a merry-go-round's music, and a mournful seal.

The Louie Louie Variations is a contemplative fantasy that deconstructs a classic rock chord progression, while the haunting Vox=Dominum, the most mysterious piece on the CD, deconstructs a variety of Persian sounds.

Bimstein resides in Springdale, Utah, where he served two terms as mayor, prompting Outside magazine to call him "America's only all-natural politician composer." His "alternative classical" music combines acoustic instruments with found sounds and voices to paint portraits and tell stories. Bimstein's music has been performed at Lincoln Center, Bang on a Can, and London's Royal Opera House. In addition to his studies of theory, composition, and orchestration at the Chicago Conservatory and UCLA, Bimstein led the new wave band Phil 'n' the Blanks, whose albums and videos were college radio and MTV hits.

Arrow Link Read an interview with Phillip Bimstein at the American Music Center's newmusicbox.

Bimstein's latest Starkland CD is Larkin Gifford's Harmonica, which has been praised in such distinguished publications as The New York Times and Stereophile.

Arrow Link Visit Phillip Bimstein's website.

Phillip Bimstein: Larkin Gifford's Harmonica: Cover

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Garland Hirschi's Cows
  A Little Bit About My Cows
  Pasturale
  Moovement


The Louie Louie Variations
  The Modern Mandolin
   Quartet


Dark Winds Rising
  The Last Jake
  Walking Barefooted
  With the Earth
  Among All People   
    The Turtle Island
    String Quartet


The Door

Vox=Dominum

Introduction: John Schaefer
 

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