© 2008 Mutable Music
℗ 2008 Mutable Music
“Blue” Gene Tyranny is an esteemed composer and pianist. For his latest work, Tyranny is joined by the outstanding Thomas Buckner, whom he has collaborated with in the past. The Somewhere Songs
is a complex and detailed set with pieces for baritone, string ensemble, guitar and piano. Tyranny’s compositions have been praised for their tonality. Absolutely essential.
From the liner notes
The three “Somewhere” songs tell the story of a friendship tested under unusual circumstances. The first song “Somewhere in Arizona 1970” (1987), with a text based upon a hypnotic regression conducted by psychologist Bernhold Schwartz, is related in the voice of an Officer (service unspecified) who is approached by his longtime buddy who offers to take him to a secret underground base where UFOs have been stored since 1904. The Officer suspects that he is being set up to spread disinformation. The images in the second song, “Somewhere in Search of Heaven A.D. 999” (1999) are from Zoroaster worship and from rumors and myths that surrounded Pope Sylvester II at the turn of the previous millennium. Popularly called Gerbert (in the French pronunciation), he was said to have studied sorcery and to have been historically one of the first persons to bring Eastern knowledge to Europe during the so-called Dark Ages. The Officer’s dream parallels the Pope’s situation with his friend. The Officer’s intimate thoughts are heard in the third song as he drives toward a truck stop in the desert to meet up again with his friend. Because of a recent experience, the Officer has a better understanding of what his friend was trying to show him. Given their deep friendship that has no goal, nothing more needs to be said.
Reviews"The most original aspect of Tyranny's works is the way they create continuity: they're tonal, yet rigorously asymmetrical. They satisfy the ear without letting it take anything for granted. They evolve, not with the cyclic predictability of everyday life, but with the labyrinthine irreversibility of deep psychic forces. They say what they have to say perfectly." - Kyle Gann, The Village Voice