Chris Dench's wide-ranging extra-musical influences - from Angela Carter and Ludwig Wittgenstein to Thomas Dolby - are displayed on this disc of works written for the acclaimed Australian new music ensemble ELISION: the glittering mosaic of driftglass contrasts with funk, a punchy duet for bass clarinet and percussion; while the two most substantial pieces on the disc - the blinding access of the grace of flesh and ik(s)land[s] itself - both set the calligrammatic poetry of berni m janssen.
"Chris Dench and his compatriots have evidently been enjoying a richly productive relationship, documented here in three pieces — driftglass (1990), ik(s)land(s) (1997-8) and the blinding access of the grace of flesh (2002-3) ... [The last of these] is a wonderful example of Denchian swirl and wildness in an atmosphere of floating."
"...A series of intricate highly complex scores that seemed to be carrying on the tradition that composers such as Ferneyhough had established out of the wreckage of total serialism." The Guardian
driftglass was recorded 17 March 1991 at Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Engineers: Michael Hewes, Garry Havrillay
Producer: Trevor Welby
ruins within was recorded 4 May 1998 at Radio Bremen Studios, Bremen, Germany
Engineer: Hein Laabs
Producer: Marita Emigholz
funk, ik(s)land[s], blinding access, 'e/meth were recorded December 1995, 25-26 April 2004,
Recording venue: Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne, Australia
Engineer: Jim Atkins
Producers: Daryl Buckley, Richard Barrett
ruins within (P) 1998 Radio Bremen
All other tracks (P) 2005 NMC Recordings Ltd