Review of Excavations & Demolitions from BBC Radio 3

“The heavy striking of metal. Or is it the tolling of a bell? The opening of “Demolitions Excavations” is a compelling invitation to enter what we might think is a hostile, cold world: a concrete factory. Alex Bonney’s live performance at the Beton Eisack factory in the South Tyrol opens up this world revealing the precision and delicacy which reside in this vast space.

The impenetrable walls of concrete, the conveyor belts, the rubble, the coldness of the air, the darkness and the blinding light are there for our preconceptions to be demolished by Alex’s remarkable ability to untangle and excavate its sonic treasures. Alex Bonney inherits the sense of adventure that is at the heart of Varese’s music, and the delicate touch of Henri Dutilleux.

His reputation both as a sound recordist and photographer as well as a trumpet player places him at the heart of some of the finest contemporary music-making. All those senses are at their peak in this recording which revels in the spaciousness and in the small detail. The art of this ‘music concrete’ requires the magical tiny chisels and drills of the most detailed sculpture as well as the threat of the sledgehammer. As in all the best playgrounds this is a thrilling carousel of discovery.”

Fiona Talkington Presenter – Late Junction BBC Radio 3 January 2016

Excavations & Demolitions is released digitally and on vinyl on 18th March 2016.

February 5, 2016


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