Following up, obliquely, from this: I'm still working through Joyce's last novel, in a slightly on-off manner (you could say my enjoying is fine again, is weak, fine again, is weak). At any rate, in an associated move, I bought the above named album.
I own quite a bit of Tangerine Dream, and often listen to it; but nothing from the 21st century. Checking recently, I discovered (a) that their discography is now over 100 titles long; and (b) that a few years ago they released an album based on FINNEGANS WAKE. This I have now purchased. And it's ... pretty good, actually. Here's yer track listing, for yer:
1 The Sensational Fall Of The Master Builder (9:03)The album sounds like 1970s-era Tangerine Dream: on-running baselines, throbbing riffs, spacious top-end with airy wailing and odd noises. All instrumental. The opening track is redolent of a kind of electronic menace. There are some nicely chiming down-ward scattery synthesiser arpeggios in 'Resurrection by the Spirit'. After its wrongfooting sloow-dow-ow-own and speed-up start 'Mother of All Sources' settles into a steady unmaternal chug. 'Warring Forces' is a bit meh, but the 'Three Quarks' track has a tremendous, spiralling energy. None of this seems to me to have anything very much to do with Irishness, death, drinking, punning or Everybody Here-Coming, but I'm not complaining. Indeed I think, on reflection, I'm glad they didn't try to incorporate Irish jigs and reels into their distinctive sound. Or bawdy gaelic songs. After all: who's to say that Finnegans Wake isn't actually about a group of German men in the 1970s exploring the sonic architecture of rhythmic repetition? It's as good an interpretation as any.
2 Finnegans Excessive Wake (8:14)
3 Resurrection By The Spirit (5:40)
4 Mother Of All Sources (8:54)
5 The Warring Forces Of The Twins (4:34)
6 Three Quarks For Muster Mark (6:17)
7 Everling's Mythical Letter (8:02)
8 Hermaphrodite (8:23)