Eric Moe – “Uncanny Affable Machines” (New Focus Recordings, 2018)

“Uncanny Affable Machines” is a new release of “New Focus Recordings”. Album compositions were recorded by Jessica Meyer (viola), Lindsey Goodman (flute), Paul Vaillancourt (percussion), Eric Moe (piano) and Yihan Chen (pipa). All performers have precise and splendid playing techniques, inspiring and engaging playing manner and unique sound. They are analysing whole musical pattern, theme, matter and are dedicated to create extraordinary, modern and interesting sound of contemporary music compositions. Their interpretations are filled with bright, vivacious and vivid solos, surprising and evocative stylistic waves, inventive instrumentation and original musical decisions. Each of them masterfully blends together bright, exclusive and interesting sound, extraordinary and creative interpretation, brilliant playing technique and inventive musical decisions. Composer Eric Moe composes innovative, bright and evocative contemporary academical music. Bright and rigorous moods, sudden stylistic changes, rich and modern musical language, experiments in all sections of musical language, synthesis of all kinds of rhythms, sounds, expressions and moods – all these elements contain the main basic of his composing style. Expressionism, post-expressionism, impressionism and other styles of modernism and 20th century music are twisted together in his music. Composer integrates together the elements of contemporary academical music, minimalism, serialism, puantilism, electronics, academic avant-garde, experimental music and some intonations of free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. Mechanic and acoustic instrument are used together with electronics. It makes a pleasant and modern equation. Eric Moe also is a pianist. He frequently plays his own compositions for piano. Marvelous playing style, gorgeous and remarkable playing, rich and intense musical language makes an effort to his compositions. Different composing techniques are masterfully connected together in original, inventive and bright way. That makes an effort to engaging, vivacious, innovative and expressive sound.

“Uncanny Affable Machines” has engaging and exclusive sound. The main elements of composer’s playing and composing style are showed here. Dramatic expressionism, dreamy and soft impressionism, contrasts between atonal and tonal music, the main elements of Asian countries music harmony and rhythmic, intonations of ethnical music of China, exravagant, schocking and bright musical decisions and hueg range of extended playing techniques make a remarkable, bright and interesting sound. All kinds of different ways of composing are gently blended together – puantilism, minimalism, serialism, dodecaphony, atonal and tonal music, microtones, some elements of spectral and concrete music meets together. Even though these composing techniques highly differ from each other, each element or intonation has is own and suitable place in common musical pattern. Composer demonstrates and reveals his new abilities of modern, suggestive and interesting composition. He has an engaging, bright, evocative and unique composing style, which is constructed by wide range of different ways of composing. The instrumentation is another one field of experiments, new and extraordinary msuical decisions, strange and eclectic combinations in Eric Moe music. All compositions of this album has splendid, inspiring and marvelous instrumentation. It’s based on wide range of playing techniques, which are gently twisted together or used silmunateously. Very well-known and traditional playing techniques meet with organic, specific and extraordinary musical decisions, exlectic instrumental combinations, contrasting and extended methods of playing and sound experiments. Eric Moe masterfully integrates especially huge variety of extraordinary, bright and splendid instrumentation decisions, which naturally and organically fuses together. Composer expresses various moods, senses, feelings and contrasting episodes, which are connected together by contrast. Vivacious, bright and expressive viola solos gently meet together with soft and relaxing, harsh and low, shrieky and especially loud flute’s solos, gorgeous and rich percussion section, rigorous, passionate and dynamic piano melodies and the intonations of traditional China music. All these elements form the polyphonic facture and many-layed, colorful and solid musical pattern. Acoustic instruments are used along with electronics in some part of the compositions. Natural, subtle and interesting combination of these two contrasting types of music instruments is created here. The newest tendencies of electronic music, drone, glitch, computer and electronics devices sounds, field and tape recordings, sonic system experiments, sound modifications and alterations – these and many other elements are used here with acoustic instruments. Search of unusual timbres, wide range of strange timbres, gorgeous sounds and specific noises, expansion of traditional technical abilities of the instruments – all these elements also are the main priorities of the music. The main aim of the compositions always is to create exclusive, original and suggestive sound. Eric Moe music is inspiring, rich, passionate, sensible and has remarkable, effective and innovative sound.

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