Rene Hell

The Terminal Symphony

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Since 'Porcelain Opera', his debut for Type, Jeff Witscher has put out a whole series of collaborations, 7"s, tapes and splits. Looking to his love of classical minimalism Jeff took it as the starting point for this new record. The result is a deeply electronic rendition of a classical electronic formula; the digital and analogue synthesizer and drum machine sounds that brought 'Porcelain Opera' to life are reframed and transferred into a very different compositional structure.
'The Terminal Symphony' is Jeff's attempt to write tighter, more composed pieces of music - something of a reaction against the glut of long, often-flabby drone compositions that have become a mainstay in the scene. The pieces here are short, concise, and packed full of ideas that can take multiple listens to unravel, and the album, as a whole is almost obsessively structured and complex. Each side of the record is composed very specifically with a beginning, middle and an end, and when we begin with the familiar grunt and grind of 'Chamber Forte' it is only mere minutes before the track dissolves into the main theme of the album.
An appropriate enough comparison might be arch-recluse Aphex Twin, but there is no pandering to dance music culture here. Rather Jeff has used his enviable background in noise, punk and synthesizer music to come up with something totally removed from the current Kosmische revival.
The album comes to a close with the hauntingly melancholy and purposefully referential 'Adagio For String Portrait'. The dancing synthetic blips that pirouette across Witscher's mournful electronic waves not only re-enforce the decades long love affair between electronic and classical music but help to define it in 2011.

Rene Hell: The Terminal Symphony

Chamber Forte Rene Hell 6'50''
Quiet Detail Muse Rene Hell 1'54''
Cello Suite No.3 Rene Hell 2'06''
E.S. Des Grauens In Fifths Rene Hell 4'44''
Baroqueworks Ensemble Coda Rene Hell 3'28''
Lighthouse Marvel Rene Hell 5'07''
Juliard Op. 66 Rene Hell 3'00''
Oxford Meter End Rene Hell 1'53''
Detuned Clarinet Rene Hell 5'47''
Adagio For String Portrait Rene Hell 3'33''
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