At this date, a symphony is simply a lengthy non-vocal composition. This one, Francis Dhomont‘s Frankenstein Symphony (Asphodel/Sombient), is stitched together from samples of music by 22 friends and students of the composer (or is it composter?). Despite the remote provenance of the source material (mostly by fellow Canadian experimentalists), this Frankenstein really comes to life. Dhomont’s affection for his sources enriches the subtle parallels, montages, and colocations that comprise the four movements.

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