Yoav Gal & Yael Kanarek "Bit By Bit, Cell By Cell: Music for Soprano & Atari 800XL"
In what may be the first and last use of an Atari program to create an opera, this is a collaboration between composer Yoav Gal, media artist Yael Kanarek, with the help of dance-filmmaker Evann Siebens. The CD is enhanced with the aid of Mushon Zer-Aviv, to create an impressive, impressionistic piece that tells the story of movement and appearance, and the fleeting but beautiful nature of both.
The plot concerns a solitary traveller who dances into a vortex on a New York street and begins a search for treasures in a parallel world. For the most part the story holds all the way through, and there is some beautiful, quasi-Romantic longing and hope. Those qualities are what make ?Extreme Beauty? and ?Your Forever? gorgeous electronic and vocal gems. ?Window? and ?Vanishing Point? aim for the mystical, the search for transcendence that is the goal of this piece. On these tracks, the treasure is found. The mix of technology with one of the oldest and most durable of art forms gives the listener a lot to chew on; Gal and Kanarek remain focused and inspired throughout, so much so that the pondering listener is never lead down a dead end. 8/10 -- Mike Wood (11 December, 2006)