Implosion

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Implosion

Composed by: Mantle Hood (1918-2005)
Arranged by: Felix Salazar

Mantle Hood was a renowned ethnomusicologist who studied most of the great musical traditions of the world. Before turning his life's work to pioneering ethnomusicology, Hood studied composition under Ernst Toch. "Implosion" (1981) is one of the few pieces that he wrote after becoming a scholar of Indonesian music, pouring his deep knowledge of Balinese musical forms into an innovative composition for percussion quartet: two xylophones, marimba and vibraphone. As the guitars shift from xylophones and marimba parts to vibraphone parts, the diversity of the electric guitar becomes evident and intriguing.

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