Lightwave ‎– Uranography

MSI ‎– CDMS 1173
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Live Recording November 1993 at the MANCA Festival at the Nice Astronomical Observatory (France).
" Uranography " contains the live recording of one of the two concerts presented during the 15th MANCA festival (Musiques Actuelles Nice Côte d'Azur) directed by Michel REDOLI in November 1993 at the prestigious venue of the Nice Astronomical Observatory, under the big Bischoffsheim dome wich was constructed by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris Opera House, and Gustave Eiffel.

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  • Barcode (Text): 3 428065 502463
  • Barcode (String): 3428065502463
  • Matrix / Runout: [DADC Austria logo] A0100198033-0101 15 A1
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February 26, 2017
Subtitled "Live at the Nice Observatory" this album was recorded there on 14 November 1993 (so therefore just after the release of TYCHO BRAHÉ). How much of it is a true live recording I'm not sure as the small print on the sleeve mentions treatments by Lightwave done at the time of the mix and Paul Haslinger, while not involved with the concert is credited with "added noise inflections" in October 1995. All of that aside, what you get are eleven sections of dark, abstract yet atmospheric sound. Obviously there are some references to the TYCHO BRAHÉ album, but this is a work on its own, full of surprise and invention if no conventional structure or the usual crowd pleasing pyrotechnics a less courageous group would perform. It shows once again that Lightwave are in a class of their own. Try and track it down.
[from Audion #37 page 32 (5/1997) review by contributor Gary Scott]

MANCA Festival / Nice Astronomical Observatory 1993
line-up :Harbonnier, Christian Wittman. Original visual concept: Andreas Pfeiffer.
The " Tycho Brahé" album was just released.
The leading French electro-acoustic composer Michel Redolfi, artistic director
of the Manca festival, invited Lightwave to play two concerts in the Astronomical
Observatory conceived and built up by Garnier and Eiffel at the end of the
Fourteenth century. Among the other composers involved in this Festival
edition were Morton Subotnick, Philip Glass and Redolfi himself. The two
Lightwave concerts were quite different. The first one strictly followed
what we planned in Paris. During the second one, a minor technical problem
lead us to break free of the entire planned structure and to improvise from
most of the music from scratch.
This second concert was recorded and released under the title of "Uranography".