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Leimer, K.

Useless Epitomes

Palace Of Lights
2XCD $16.00

01/18/2019 700261471266 

POL012019 


FLAC $11.99

01/18/2019 700261471266 

POL012019 


MP3 $9.90

01/18/2019 700261471266 

POL012019 


Originally released in 2008, The Useless Lesson and Lesser Epitomes have been revisited, remixed, remastered and expanded with the 40-minute bonus EP Three Adaptations. K. Leimer founded Palace Of Lights in 1979. Leimer’s work has also been issued by Autumn, First Terrace, Les Giants, Invisible Inc., Origin Peoples and RVNG. His early cassette work is included in the critically acclaimed VOD box set American Cassette Culture and will be included in Cherry Red’s upcoming Noise Floor series. Leimer has been actively producing music since the mid 1970s—his current catalog includes eighteen solo albums plus collaborative albums with Savant and Marc Barreca. His work is included in the collection of The British Library.  “Lesser Epitomes provides three short suites of music all composed using a system of chance to give shape to basic musical elements. The listener is then advised to randonly re-order them, creating a vast number of permutations within the set... as brief episodes of grouped strings move past each other with the stately indifference of dancers in a ballroom.” —The Wire   “The opening pieces set the bar remarkably high: ‘To force closed our eyes’ introduces the album with mournful string patterns that recall Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 (aka Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), and ‘Failing need of more,’ a fourteen-minute collaboration by Leimer and phonographer Anode, billows heavenly like a gargantuan, almost imperceptibly moving cloud mass. By album’s end, I’m none the wiser as to how Leimer produced The Useless Lesson but the largely glorious results speak loudly enough all by themselves.” —Textura

Tracklist

  1. #1 To Force Closed Our Eyes


  2. #2 Failing need of more


  3. #3 Music that conceives of itself as music


  4. #4 Anosognosia


  5. #5 Trio (Sentimental music)


  6. #6 After dowland


  7. #7 Declension of need


  8. #8 Nonadaptive layers 1


  9. #9 Nonadaptive layers 2


  10. #10 Nonadaptive layers 3


  11. #11 Nonadaptive layers 4


  12. #12 Nonadaptive layers 5


  13. #13 One of Nine Approximations


  14. #14 Two of Nine Approximations


  15. #15 Three of Nine Approximations


  16. #16 Four of Nine Approximations


  17. #17 Five of Nine Approximations


  18. #18 Six of Nine Approximations


  19. #19 Seven of Nine Approximations


  20. #20 Eight of Nine Approximations


  21. #21 Nine of Nine Approximations


  22. #22 Naive music 1


  23. #23 Naive music 2


  24. #24 Naive music 3


  25. #25 Naive music 4


  26. #26 Naive music 5


  27. #27 Naive music 6


  28. #28 Naive music 7


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