Great reviews for ‘Venus’

The ‘Venus’ album, now out on dacapo, has received some excellent reviews. Culture Catch has it as one of 2015’s best classical releases emphasizing that the music “…creates a mysterious world unto itself. […] I find it positively riveting.”, whereas A Closer Listen concludes: “It’s this imperfection, this focus on the scientific reduction of the human, what grants Venus its wings, proving that the avant-garde ventures of old are not quite dead yet, and more importantly, that their suggestions are far from being exhausted. This is new music, to be sure, and the program that lies behind it, full of intricacy, will surely provide many more of quite exciting, revealing musical thoughts.”

Giving the album 4 out of 5 stars, Vito Camarretta at Chain D.L.K. writes: “The four amazing compositions on this CD […] are not just based on conventional compositional techniques as they are mainly based on new findings in IT research, cognitive and ecological musicology that tend to assign a rather important role to space, single performers and audience in the compositional process within the definition of the so-called absolute music, closer to listener’s perception and emotions and more distant from commercial or other functional formulas of music itself.”

At Musik An Sich they conclude: “Eine sehr starke Einspielung von vier ebensolchen Kompositionen Graugaards, die Kennern gefallen dürfte, aber auch Einsteigern einen guten Einblick in diese moderne Form der klassischen Musik geben kann. Fans von z.B. Zeitkratzer sollten hier definitiv zugreifen.” And at Gramophone they confirm “The power-loss in Venus is aurally fascinating and neatly scored; the geometric patterning of Layers of Earth has a certain delicacy; Three Places underlines Graugaard’s keen ear for instrumental sonority.”

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I have over the years released a considerable amount of music as composer, flute and laptop performer and producer on digital and physical media – vinyl, cassette, CD, DVD. You will find all this material including listening links on the recordings page.

The programming I am doing for my own electronica and interactive music performance purposes has let me into research topics that have spun off a few snippets of generally useful software. This is available in the toolbox page.

Finally, the 3D Sound Object is a sound diffusion concept that holds very interesting artistic promises, and I am discussing the concept and pieces I have made on the 3D Sound Object page.