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Gradeatia / Natural – 1973-83 (vinyl LP)
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Octavian Nemescu Gradeatia / Natural 1973-83 (vinyl LP)
published in November 2018
black vinyl LP + printed insert
2 tracks (26'35 / 20'30)
out of print
Two electronic pieces by avant-garde Romanian composer Octavian Nemescu. Recorded in 1982, Gradeatia is an ambient track designed to accompany the mural paintings at the Voronet monastery in Romanian Moldavia. The second composition, Natural, appears in its original version of 1973, and in its final version of 1983.
Composed in 1982, Gradeatia was commissioned by the Electroacoustic Music Studio in Gent (Belgium) where it was elaborated. It was conceived as ambient music for Voronet Monastery (in Moldavia), as electronic-audio fresco paralleling the existing one, of mural-visual consistency. It happened in a historic moment when the communist regime in Romania demolished many churches. And this piece was conceived as a protest to these actions.
Composed in 1973, in its first version, and next in 1983, in the final version, Natural has a spectral aesthetic orientation and at the same time, processual and archetypal orientations.
Octavian Nemescu (born 1940 in Pascani, Romania) studied composition with Mihail Jora at University of Music in Bucharest. As he was still a student he imposed himself as part of avant-garde movement in Romanian music composition. After 1965 he achieves works of the “open creation” type, of conceptual and environmental music. He involves himself after 1967 into the Romanian spectral trend. Starting with the work Concentric (1969) his creation has got archetypal vocation by cultivating an aesthetic of the essentializing. Octavian Nemescu cultivated the archetypal goals on all parameters and musical forms. He is the author of implosive music and of Imaginary music. He composed Multi-, Post-, Non- and Pre-Symphonies. Lately he is interested by music with initiation character, developed in a non-spectacular, ritualic atmosphere, as a chance to revigorate the old mysteries and as a modality of Awakening from the biological, mental and spiritual sleep.