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Wildly experimental

Sound Check Two: Music From UC San Diego
Sound Check Two: Music From UC San Diego
By various artists

UCSD Department of Music: 2007

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This review first appeared in the January 3, 2008 issue of the North County Times.

Wildly experimental, this compilation from the UCSD Department of Music sounds like what you'd get if you turned a bunch of incredibly talented college students loose in a state-of-the-art recording studio. Ranging from a 12-and-a-half-minute-long solo percussion piece to a six-piece chamber take on a song by former Rancid drummer Brett Reed to a solo trombone interpretation of Greek composer Iannis Xenakis, the CD veers from the utterly fascinating to the barely listenable. Still, it's a neat snapshot of the avant-garde at a local university.