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The Expanding Universe

The Expanding Universe by Laurie Spiegel
Released: Sep 2012
Label: Unseen Worlds
Recorded in the 1970s at Bell Labs, Laurie Spiegel's The Expanding Universe is a Rosetta Stone uniting American minimalism, early computer music and the chiming harmonies of Appalachian folk in sumptuous, electronic fantasias in which seemingly repetitive structures slowly unspool in unpredictable ways. First released in 1980, the album's four original tracks ("Patchwork," "Old Wave," "Pentachrome," and "The Expanding Universe") are accompanied here by 15 sketches from the same period; they range from the droning "Wandering in Our Times" to the unexpected proto-techno of "Drums."
Philip Sherburne
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