FRODE HALTLI: Vagabonde Blu CD Hubro
‘Vagabonde Blu’ is Haltli’s fourth album represents his first true solo output and is recorded live in a studio created by the artist Emanuel Vigeland in Oslo1926; in his garden. The building eventually served as his mausoleum and has been used for recordings by Diamanda Galas and such like; and here, Haltli presents works by Composers Salvatore Sciarrino, Arne Nordheim and Aldo Clementi, relying on the studio’s (apparently acclaimed) dynamics; to a throng of chosen individuals.
The opening title track is a sea of reverberation and droning harmonies that are fairly unobtrusive; whilst track two, ‘Flashing’ is a nonsensical mess of stabbing sounds, that only come to life at towards the end of their laborious 14 minutes timespan. ‘Ein Kleines…’ represents the better work on this CD with a variety of instrumentation that holds its own as a rich display of uninterrupted musicianship that if embodied the whole album, would have produced a different reaction from myself, with regards to this being released.
As a sound installation, this once again holds the notion that most musical interpretations of this ilk are usually best served for the live audience alone. As a whole, without a visual accompaniment, this release becomes lost in its own interpretation.