Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer Repetitive Selective Removal of One Protecting Group Review

Album. Released 2005.  

BBC Review

Complex, sample driven composition from Science Group leader Tickmayer...

Bill Tilland 2005

Drawing upon an arsenal of sonic devices, Tickmayer has created a kaleidoscopic world of random motifs, fragmented rhythms and bursts of brittle noise. However, the chaos is only on the surface. This is difficult music, but far from impenetrable. In fact, the scores for all twenty-one short pieces on this CD are written out, and Tickmayer imposes a rigorous, cerebral control throughout.

The results can be playful, even to the point of evoking a Carl Stallings/Looney Tunes universe of pratfalls and silly walks. Other compositions combine processed hyper-piano, icy, ethereal strings or cathedral organ for a more austere and sometimes pensive quality.

Tickmayer's cleverness is beyond dispute, but what really elevates this CD is the emotion behind the parlor tricks. The composer is a citizen of the former Yugoslavia, and perhaps not coincidentally, most if not all of the music on this CD has something other than gamesmanship at its core. This is perhaps best illustrated by the truly ominous "Quiet Approaching" or the three-part "Our Framework of Apocalypse," although everything on the disc resonates with heightened awareness.

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