Iancu Dumitrescu ‎– Medium II / Cogito

Edition RZ ‎– ED. RZ 1001, Selektion ‎– SLP 015
Vinyl, LP

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A Medium II 23:36
B Cogito (Trompe-L'œil)
Double Bass – Ion Ghiță*Gong [Javanese] – Costin PetrescuPercussion [Crystal] – Cristian VăleanuPercussion [Metal Objects] – Horia ȘurianuPiano [Prepared] – Iancu Dumitrescu

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"Medium II" composed 1978-1979 for double-bass solo (Hyperion Publishing House, Bucharest)
"Cogito (Trompe-L'œil)" composed 1981 for two double basses, prepared piano, Javanese gong, crystals & metal objects (Éditions Salabert, Paris)
Überspielung: TELDEC, Berlin
Druck: J. Alt, Niederdorfelden
Made in Germany 1987

Includes insert in German & English.
Previously released on Romanian Contemporary Music in 1982.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 195561-A B-B-Ⅱ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 195561-B B-B-Ⅱ
  • Rights Society: GEMA



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March 23, 2012
edited over 5 years ago

Transcribed & (imperfectly) Translated by me below is the full text from original insert (presented in German except for last two paragraphs) included with this release: Of special note and particular interest is the information within the paragraph starting with "Medium II (alpha)"

Iancu Dumitrescu

Born in 1944 in Sibiu / Romania, composer, artist, critic. Studied composition with Alfred Mendelsohn, Aurel Stroe, Stefan Niculescu and Sergiu Celibidache.

His compositions are intuitive and his magical music making are inspired by the ancient sages that revolve around the idea of the Socratic term "acousmatique", concealing the sources of sound and in hearing and resolving the mysterious sound secrets that describes the resulting enjoyment. His music draws its formal shape of the micro and macro structure of pure sound. In it the most distant harmonies of the sound spectrum are used and explored. It is noteworthy that the resulting sound is created with simple complexity, "natural" means, without application of extensive technical resources.

As a father figure for such a sound research in the direction of spectral music is Giacinto Scelsi.

In 1976 Iancu Dumitrescu founded the "Hyperion Ensemble" in which a series of extraordinary interpreters display works of the Romanian avant-garde.

Medium II (alpha) the hidden, mysterious reverse of Cogito (beta). The two sides of the plate can be heard consecutively or simultaneously on two turntables. The ideal listening situation would be to hear the two structures in sync. The simultaneous experience is free to anyone, anytime and can be repeated as it challenges the creativity of the listener.

The Music of Iancu Dumitrescu explores the ultimate sense of sound, guiding the listener through new spheres of sonic adventure, a kind of cryptical [sic] music. Based on the idea of "acousmatique", a Socratic term meaning exploration of sonic phenomenon, his music takes it's formal models from the very structure of sound with a perfect relationship between micro and macro structure, this phenomenological approach to the act of composing implies at the same time a very good confidence in the intuitive dimension of discovery.

The young generation of Romanian composers headed by Iancu Dumitrescu have a unique position through their development of the "spectral sound" music, using almost only acoustical instruments. Dumitrescu and his colleague Horatio Radulescu have awakened new attention to this until now almost unknown Romanian music.