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Dubbed by one critic as “Cage and Cunningham on steroids”, International Cloud Atlas is the latest release from the mind of Mikel Rouse. Rouse conceived this idea to accompany the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s eyeSpace and thought it would be a perfect homage to Cage and Cunningham to have everyone listening on iPods (set to shuffle, of course) as they watched the performance unfold. Says Rouse, “The sequence of tracks on this recording represents but one version of this composition. As with the dance performance, the sequence may be set to “shuffle” to yield a possible 3,628,800 permutations”.
John Rockwell of the New York Times said of International Cloud Atlas: “What was thrilling about hearing the music this way was how personal it was. We were all cocooned in our own worlds, hearing something different, just for us. “All the audience members have their own secret, their own special version,” Mr. Rouse was quoted as saying in Time Out New York. It was the purest realization of Mr. Cunningham’s chance aesthetic, the ultimate in intimacy”.
Music composed and arranged for iPods
For The Merce Cunningham Dance Company