Exploring Centrestreams: Michael Oesterle's "Iron Man"

March 26, 2013

Today I've been listening to the music of Michael Oesterle. If you have the time I would highly recommend tuning into his Centrestreams channel and getting into all of his archival recordings, but assigned the difficult task of picking one to recommend I am going with Iron Man. Our Centrestreams recording is by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra with cellist Igor Dyatchkov and conductor Alain Trudel.

This work is totally captivating. Oesterle uses a lot of percussive rhythm and hypnotically cyclic phrasing, drawing you into the churning flow of the music. The combination of pointillistic pizzicatos and Stravinsky-esque raw, scratchy, heavy strings with lush harmonies and wailing, beautiful fragments of melodic lines is TOO interesting to be missed. I can't wait to listen to this piece again.

Click HERE to listen to Iron Man in our Centrestreams player.

Also, while you're here, be sure to listen to Compression, because it will make your nod your head in a way that says "Yes, yes, yes, this rocks."
...It's hard to pick just one.