Zeitkratzer – James Tenney


Critical Band
Harmonium #2
Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion (digital bonus track)
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By zkr director REINHOLD FRIEDL?s personal request now available on vinyl for the
first time: zeitkratzer's critically acclaimed interpretations of groundbreaking
compositions by JAMES TENNEY.

JAMES TENNEY (1934 – 2006) was a composer, music theorist and pioneer especially in the
field of microtonal music, being an influential part of the so-called New York avantgarde
scene (CAGE, FELDMAN). Besides his compositonal work, TENNY was teacher at various
universities with students like CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE, CARL STONE or CATHERINE
LAMB, and a close friend with ELIANE RADIGUE.
This album by zeitkratzer presents three compostions by TENNEY whose music has been
part of zeitkratzer?s repertoire since their beginning:
# ?Critical Band? ? TENNEY?s late classic ? with maximum clarity and precision of bearing
tone rhythms and microtonal tuning as light effect.
# the first recording of ?Harmonium #2?.
Both works demonstrate the remarkable power and resplendent sharpness which TENNEY
achieved with his microtonal settings.
# ?Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion? (incl. in the download) is an orgiastic
listening experience in the form of a huge crescendo on a tam-tam – from whispering to
singing, culminating in shrill roaring and blustering ? and it?s dark decay.

zeitkratzer?s approach to TENNEY?s music as a sensual sound adventure, finally available on