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BROOKE, N.: Border Towns (Brooke)

BROOKE, N.: Border Towns (Brooke)

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Dax Valdes

Soloist

Kamala Sankaram

Soloist

Laura Bohn

Soloist

Laura Stinger

Soloist

Michael Chinworth

Soloist

Nick Brooke

Soloist

Venue:

HERE Arts Center, New York, USA



Record Label
Innova

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Classical

Total Time - 51:13
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NICK BROOKE

     
 

Border Towns

 
1 Silver City 4:05
 Kamala Sankaram Soloist
2 Ambient 0:27
 Kamala Sankaram Soloist
3 Jackman 5:00
 Laura Bohn Soloist
4 Ambient 0:33
 Kamala Sankaram Soloist
5 Tombstone 5:29
 Laura Stinger Soloist
6 Ambient 0:28
 Michael Chinworth Soloist
7 Ocean Grove 6:28
 Nick Brooke Soloist
8 Del Rio 3:50
 Michael Chinworth Soloist
9 Heart Butte 4:59
 Laura Bohn Soloist
10 Ponemah 3:03
 Laura Bohn Soloist
11 Chokoloskee 4:41
 Laura Stinger Soloist
12 Columbus 5:27
 Michael Chinworth Soloist
13 Grand Isle 3:51
 Dax Valdes Soloist
14 Jacumba 2:52
 Laura Bohn Soloist


Composer Nick Brooke’s sweeping and epic Border Towns exists at its own kind of border: a place where chance meets meaning, where the detritus of popular culture meets the compositional process, where a chorus of seven voices meets chunks and fragments of familiar music, in the process becoming strange and revelatory. Border Towns is an encyclopedic mash-up of Americana, a collision of recordings from the geographical and psychological edges. Yodels, anthems, ambient sounds & fringe broadcasts are layered in perfect lockstep with singers, who meld their voices with a sampled collage of sound effects, songs, and musical ephemera.
 
Brooke’s suite (originally performed live as a stage version at HERE in New York) was inspired by the border blasters of the 1950s: giant radio transmitters placed just over the border in Mexico, beyond U.S. jurisdiction, with the intention of blasting culture directly into American homes. Far more powerful than U.S. stations, they often overwhelmed local stations as far north as Minnesota and New York City.
 
As the New York Times observed, “[Brooke] intricately mashes up a dense collection of familiar and obscure musical quotations along with commonplace noises to make a fascinating score.” Intertwined with a chorus of seven singers, the work moves in fits and starts in places before rising to towering crescendo then crashing into silence again. Each piece may be a fragment, but the whole is something altogether different, at once familiar and alien, and an intriguing exploration of musical Americana from the 1940s to the present.
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