Rrose and Charlemagne Palestine collaborate on long-format composition for piano

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    Wed, 27 Feb 2019, 16:10
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  • They reinterpret Palestine's 1976 work The Golden Mean, turning it into The Goldennnn Meeenn + Sheenn.
  • Rrose and Charlemagne Palestine collaborate on long-format composition for piano image
  • Rrose and Charlemagne Palestine will release a long-format composition, The Goldennn Meeenn + Sheeenn, via Rrose's EAUX label in April. The pair first met a decade ago, when Rrose reached out to Palestine in search of a musical score for one of his pieces. Their collaborative record, The Goldennnn Meeenn + Sheenn, grew out of a commission by Variations Festival in Nantes, in which they reinterpreted Palestine's 1976 composition "The Golden Mean" live on stage. The title and concept are drawn from the ancient Greek mathematic principal of the same name. The recording of their new collaborative version has been edited into two 20-minute parts for the vinyl release. "It's probably his most systematic work," Rrose says, "a step-by-step journey through the intervals of the octave. When we rehearsed it, we were noticing how each interval is like a universe of its own—with its own history, emotions and sonic qualities all mixed up together. Every time you move from one interval to the next, it feels like moving into another world." Rrose released a collaborative album with Lucy as The Lotus Eaters in October, as well as a five-track solo EP in November. Listen to an excerpt of the first part.
    And here's RA's Exchange with Charlemagne Palestine.