Announcement: Haswell & Hecker: Blackest Ever Black (Warner Classics) 26.2.07
Warner Classics sign and announce the 2007 release of Haswell & Heckers' Blackest Ever Black album, entirely recorded on Iannis Xenakis' graphic-input 'UPIC Music Composing System' at CCMIX in Paris in 2004.
"...New to the label are the artists Russell Haswell and Florian Hecker. Their debut album, Blackest Ever Black to be released in early 2007, pushes the boundaries of contemporary classical music, while never losing sight of the tradition they are working within. Using the unique UPIC system of sound synthesis conceived by legendary Greek composer Iannis Xenakis, Haswell & Hecker create their sound-world using visual images - an electronic pen is used on a drawing tablet and the lines are directly translated into sound. Dan Fox, writing in frieze of his experience of hearing Haswell & Hecker live, said, 'I heard the sound of the blackest ever black and listened to the shape of leaves... [they] explore deeply human questions of how our senses apprehend and interpret the world.' Following the critically acclaimed Gyorgy Ligeti Edition and recordings of works by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Elliott Carter, Warner Classics is proud to continue its affiliation with some of the most challenging and important music being created in the world of classical music today."
Source: Warner Music International