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Phillip Bimstein
Angels, Cats & Shackles

Release Date: August 3, 2018

Catalog Number: OM 2021

Available Formats: Digital Download

List Price: $7

Composer: Phillip Bimstein

Performer: Heidi Pintner, Michele Fiala, Phillip Bimstein

Conductor: N/A

Orchestra/Ensemble: N/A

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Recording Notes
Philip Bimstein is a composer and politician based in a small town in rural Utah. His work often engages with the every day lives of those in the community around him. Angels, Cats & Shackles collects three vastly different works. Cats in the Kitchen is a piece for woodwind duo (expertly performed by Michele Fiala and Heidi Pinter) and an electronic accompaniment made from samples of everyday kitchen objects. Lockdown! is a haunting and moving piece made from recorded interviews with young men confined in Washington County Youth Crisis Center in St. George, Utah.

 

Credits

Michele Fiala – oboe
Heidi Pintner – flute
Phillip Bimstein – pre-recorded electronics

Charles Amirkhanian – Executive Producer
Andrew Weathers – Producer
Andrew Weathers – Mastering Engineer
Mark Abramson – Packaging Design

© 1996, 2005, 2007, Franklin Stark Music (ASCAP)
Other Minds Records OM-2021

© 2018 Other Minds

Editorial Reviews

– where many composers venture into experimental territory with intense seriousness, Bimstein is one of those composers whose music, even when it is serious, seems to be consistently tinged with signs of what John Cage called a “sunny disposition.” Stephen Smoliar

The opening work of the three-piece Cats in the Kitchen (2007) by the Utah-based, Emmy Award-winning Bimstein (b. 1947) is fun, humorous, and at times hilarious. Even though our three terrorers basically slept through the performance, with nary a bark directed toward oboist Michele Fiala, flutist Heidi Pintner, and Bimstein’s pre-recorded electronics, I was totally taken by tracks with titles such as “O Solo Meow” and “Where’s Your Mouse, McGee?” – Jason Victor Serinus; Stereophile.com

Track Listing

Cats in the Kitchen (2007) 
1. Eggs and Toast 5:00 
2. O Sole Meow 2:54  
3. Where’s Your Mouse, McGee? 5:07 

Michele Fiala – oboe
Heidi Pintner – flute
Phillip Bimstein – pre-recorded electronics

Recorded in 2007 at Predilection Studio, Athens, OH. Recording engineer – Tom Wilhelm
Originally released on Michele Fiala’s MSR Classics CD, MS1217, “The Light Wraps You: New Music for Oboe.”

4. Angels in the Cracks (1996) 6:50 

Sounds recorded by Phillip Bimstein in Great Britain, 1995
Processed, composed and mixed by Phillip Bimstein at Kinesava Studios, Springdale, Utah, 1996

Lockdown! (2005) 
5. White Bricks, Green Doors 6:52 
6. You’ll Be Good 4:54 
7. Handcuffs and Shackles 6:42 

Sounds and voices recorded by Phillip Bimstein, 1997-1999 at Washington County Youth Crisis Center in St. George, Utah
Processed, composed and mixed by Phillip Bimstein at Songdog Studios, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2005

Angels in the Cracks and Lockdown! are world premiere recordings 

Sample Tracks

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