L’Horloge imaginaire. “Chrysopée Electronique 22,” LDC 278 11 25

As one might guess, this is made up primarily (solely) of clock sounds. Logically enough, it starts off with the winding up, it moves on to the ticking, then to the chiming. But that’s just intro. As soon as the second chime refuses to decay (and the clicking sound of the winding gear comes back as an engine ticking over (pun intended)), you know you’re in for a real treat. And the barrage of clock sounds that follows—from straight to heavily altered, from soft to loud, from simple to complex, from single to coming at you from all sides—is sure to please. Though it’s often quite noisy, there are lots of soft and subtle sounds throughout, and the piece ends, after an orgy of reverberant thumps and clangs, with very soft and distant tolls.

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