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[STREAM] Xeno & Oaklander, "Movements"

July 28, 2015

[STREAM] Xeno & Oaklander, "Movements"

“Movements,” the new 35-minute piece from Xeno & Oaklander, opens with the sound of whipping wind. It’s appropriate: the piece, which was commissioned by National Center for the Arts of Grenoble, France, was inspired by the idea of travel through both space and time. But if its first few seconds establish the setting, the rest of it expounds on the theme: groaning, whistling synths—namely, the Serge Modular and the new Sequential Prophet 6—rise and descend, and the song eventually becomes a kind of sprawling, electronic landscape, with layers of sound rippling like the Northern Lights. There’s an eerieness to the piece to be sure—all of the tones moan like ghosts—but it’s also oddly serene. It’s the kind of music that might soundtrack a Tarkovsky space opera or a yellowed mid ‘70s educational film. Recorded live in the duo’s Brooklyn studio, “Movements” is a window to another world.

Purchase “Movements” and pick up Xeno & Oaklander’s Par Avion at the Ghostly Store.