Thousand Year Dreaming/Floating World
there was any justice Annea Lockwood would be widely considered one of
the finest living American composers. You might think that the title of
a section of the title piece-The Chi Rises-portends something New
Age but you couldnít be more wrong. (Hope the establishment isnít
judging her by her titles!) Her music has a toehold in modernist
classical music but is firmly post-classical. Part of what that means is
she isnít bound by the boring norms of most university composers.
Thousand is haunting and ethereal and gradually builds up into
something universal. As the title suggests it has an ageless sensibility
much as does, say, Stockhausenís Stimmung. It seems as though
past, present and future all intermingle here. Most of it is composed
but small parts are improvised. Itís a masterpiece and not to be missed.
In Floating World Lockwood blends field recordings made by
environmental sound artists into a richly sensual work that defies
expectations as much as Thousand. A highly recommended record.