Movement Magazine

Lou Reed and Zeitkratzer

admin July 26, 2007

Asphodel, 2007

Yes, you read that right. This is an orchestral version of METAL MACHINE MUSIC. The decision to perform only three parts may be viewed as merciful or unforgivable. The novelty of this particular piece being performed by essentially a CHAMBER ENSEMBLE makes up for it. Yes, this is the sound of MMM, the legendary first noise album, the litmus test by which all musical patience has been measured, performed live as a modern composition. It truly works! The inclusion of Reed himself playing a solo guitar, creating live waves of feedback and noise before having Zeitkratzer join in, is absolutely stunning and an inspired touch. A DVD of the complete performance is also included, and the DVD has a lengthy post-performance interview with Reed discussing the piece. So, is this necessary? Oh god no. Absolutely not. Do you still need to own it? YES. ABSOLUTELY. I would go so far as to say this should be the neophyte’s introduction to MMM; perhaps from there further tastes in noise and avant-garde music will develop.

– Adam Naworal

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