Terre Thaemlitz ‎– Replicas Rubato

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Solo piano reinterpretations of Gary Numan titles in the rubato style. Comes in a standard jewel-case with a large fold-out poster including lyrics and credits on the reverse side (see images). Track timing not found on actual release.

"The piano solos compiled in Replicas Rubato are drawn from a number of Numan's albums spanning 1978 to 1983 ... They were composed through a combination of annotations digitally stepped in note by note, open-meter (rubato) improvisation, and computer aided composition - perverse cyborgs which at first appear autonomously Human, but are actually material embodiments of the cultural production of Human identity. As Replicas of their namesakes, they are lies at worst, ambiguous half-truths at best, exuberant deceptions in the name of self-fulfillment in any case." ~ Terre Thaemlitz

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  • Barcode: 7 18750 80712 0
  • Other: EFA 08071-2

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December 2, 2003

All reviews I could find on <B>Replicas Rubato</B> stated that it was not much good so my expectations were pretty frosted when I gave this one a spin … surprise! This is a solo piano play bringing the man’s personal piano interpretations of Gary Numan titles and I can’t find anything bad at all here. Sure, he has done it before with Kraftwerk and sure it’s only pianoplay and nothing more, but what’s wrong with that? The composition sounds fresh, sparkling, never cheesy and unpretentious all the way. Does it belong in an electronica database? If Eno does, why not.