Settels is an American composer and industrial designer, currently living
Stockholm, Sweden. She studied composition at Juliard in New York, and
70-ties and 80-ties, composed electronic music in Stockholm at EMS,
and in Paris
at IRCAM, and studied with the composeres Pierre Boulez and Iannis Xenakis
Later she created her own studio.
from 1985 is her only released recording.
It was released on her private label Music in Crisis.
Although Isolation was composed in 1985, most parts of it
sound very fresh and
contemporary. Very unique for its time, the timbres and formal
progression of the
work bare little resemblance to the electroacoustic maximalism of the
Rather it shares aesthetics with morecontemporary genres such as Lowercase
The music, all generated by pure analog means, contains elements of extreme
minimalism and splicing-techniques derived from the tape-music tradition.
Even though the work, making clever use of sine-waves and white noise,
it is very
minimal in its expression, and very clearly communicates the emotional
lonliness and isolation which are its conceptual aim.
work is divided into four parts: Landscape With 3 tape-recorders And
Scenario, Isolation (Meinhof In Memoriam) and P1 Information?,
reissue comes in a limited edition of 250 copies with a custom-made plastic
sleeve, with theoriginal cover and cover-notes in Swedish, English, German
French, written and designed by the composer. Sold out.
A1: Landscape With 3 tape-recorders And
A2: Scenario (9:07)
B1: Isolation! (Meinhof in memoriam) (43:90)
B2: P1 Information? (3:33)
Is this really from 1985? Very, very hard to believe, but if it's
true, then it's truly a forgotten classic.
Here the silence of say Lopez, Meelkop, Behrens or Chartier is forecast
by some fifteen years. A sparse tone
here and there, a sine wave, isolated from the rest. Only in the fourth
part, 'P1 - Information?' there is a sudden
lot of activity,but even then it still remains sparse. Freightening
music, sounding the isolated work inside a
prison cell very well.
Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly
This is uneasy music....Settels offers her music as a means of spiritual
survival, when it rather bravely confronts the
reality of spiritual extinction; an example, perhaps, of creative endeavor
better and more profound then the creator's
intentions or understanding. The Wire Magazine
Original 1985 reviews: