...penned in 1977 as an aural compliment to a film of kinetic sculptures by Mark DiSuevero. Program also includes a pre-recorded interview and rarely heard works by minimalist composer Lamonte Young.
Robert Christgau, Village Voice pop critic, gave the album an A-: Rock ears take to this avant-garde composer because he understands electronic sound in a melodic context and loves rhythm, a rhythm achieved--like the hypnotic/mystical mood of the music as a whole--not through percussion but through mechanical repetitions cunningly modified.
Written a year after the opera, Einstein on the Beach, North Star is much less "severe" although still minimal. If you found the opera tedious, North Star will be as well, despite its bite-size scope. Still, the track "Ange Des Orages" (Angels of the Storms) in particular never fails to delight, with its swirling keyboard lines on top of a repeated Hammond organ figure and other driven accompaniement.
Some images from the film here.