String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 by Steve HorowitzRelease date: September 1, 2022
Steve Horowitz has made a name for himself from being the bassist with the experimental group, The Code International since 1993 and his collaboration with producer and documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, known for his work from the 2004 Academy Award Nominated film, Super Size Me, to producing What Would Jesus Buy? And directing another doc, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
But Steve is more than just his work with Spurlock, this year he’s released a remastering album of his two String Quartets. Here, Horowitz brings two compositions from 1994 to 1998. You have the surreal nightmarish world of ‘Remote Control’ which details the speeds of modern culture to where we are right now.
Following in the footsteps of David Bedford, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Ron Geesin, Horowitz paints a picture of what he envisioned twenty-four years ago. There’s the big corruptions taking over those big massive malls with expensive pricings, reality TV shows with no plot as the stars become the big cheese for having their 15 minutes of fame, and now with social media taking over the entire mainstream, it becomes the 21st century’s answer of taking over the asylum with an iron fist.
And you can imagine Horowitz had learned from George Orwell had envisioned in his book, 1984 as the new version of Big Brother taking over the roaring ‘20s. Coming across to Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels, the strings get into this tangling conversation before it becomes a big battle for what we’re seeing in front of our flat-screen TVs.
The fights, the wars exchanging on Twitter, and a Ludovico treatment that’ll be a part of the person’s life that’ll brainwash them, for the rest of eternity. Based on the eight symbols used in Taoist cosmology, ‘PA KUA’, jumps from one corner to another as the plucking strings make it sound like rain pouring down the sky, bending massive drops to turn into a hailstorm that awaits us.
To create a different cat-and-mouse chase that visions the Russian animators from the late ‘50s, early ‘60s taking over shorts of the Tom & Jerry cartoons in a parallel universe, it becomes an eerie Twilight Zone episode Horowitz envisions. At first you hear the sounds of the mouse shrieking like crazy after being caught in one of Tom’s trap, but manages to escape as they embark on more challenges that awaits them.
It does have elements between the Rock in Opposition movement that Steve tips his hat to two bands; Art Zoyd and Henry Cow, but the music is more of a cliffhanger twist at the very end, but at the same, it’s like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode until it cuts to a black screen for next week’s episode.
Steve really brings in the vibes right in your face on the remastered quartets that are perfect for 2022. He has enormous visions on what he saw on those two timelines, and it’s happening years later to let us know, the same shit is going on right now, and the compositions are massive reality checks today and into the 30th century.