Review by Ken Hollings on Radion in The Wire (2001)
This series of subtle meditations on structure and mood is Dutch composer Huib Emmer’s response to a commission from Rotterdam’s Radio Worm last year, to produce a new electronic piece to be broadcast each month in Germany and the Netherlands.
Muffled fragments of movie dialogue are carefully countered by distressed beats and tightly edited sequences of repeated sounds.
Tiny sets of variations on a single cell are audaciously run backwards.
Throughout, Emmer displays both the strength of mind and the technical skill to pull disparate elements into a cohesive whole