John Luther Adams: Become Ocean
Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music, John Luther Adams' Become Ocean is an expansive work, fitting for its immense subject, and one of the most powerful compositions by this American composer. The piece was premiered in 2013 by Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and recorded that year as a special surround-sound release on Cantaloupe. From the low, rumbling opening in the bass, through the surging waves of massed harmonies, arpeggios, and ostinatos, to the awe-inspiring fade-out, Become Ocean is more an experience to be absorbed, rather than orchestral music to be heard. Adams' stated point is that life on earth rose from the oceans, and with the melting of polar ice and rising sea levels, humans are facing the prospect of returning to the ocean. With that thought in mind, Become Ocean is an apocalyptic warning, and it makes little sense to analyze the music in the context of minimalism, spectralism, or other methods or techniques one might associate with it. Instead, it...
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- New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
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- Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
- Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
- Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
- Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
- Format: Compact Disc
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- Label: Cantaloupe
- UPC: 713746310127