SYR4: Goodbye 20th Century
|SYR4: Goodbye 20th Century|
|Studio album by Sonic Youth|
|Released||November 16, 1999|
|Recorded||March–August 1999, NYC|
|Genre||Modern classical, experimental|
|Producer||Sonic Youth, William Winant, Jim O'Rourke|
|Sonic Youth chronology|
SYR4: Goodbye 20th Century is the 11th studio album by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth. It is a double album of versions of pieces by avant-garde composers, performed by Sonic Youth and collaborators.
SYR4 featured works by avant-garde classical composers such as John Cage, Yoko Ono, Steve Reich and Christian Wolff, played by Sonic Youth and several collaborators from the modern avant-garde music scene, such as Christian Marclay, William Winant, Wharton Tiers and Takehisa Kosugi.
Unlike other entries in the SYR series, SYR4's liner notes were written in English.
|1.||"Edges"||Christian Wolff||Wolff, Jim O'Rourke, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Takehisa Kosugi, Thurston Moore, William Winant||16:03|
|2.||"Six (3rd Take)"||John Cage||O'Rourke, Ranaldo, Shelley, Kosugi, Moore, Winant||3:03|
|3.||"Six for New Time (For Sonic Youth)"||Pauline Oliveros||O'Rourke, Gordon, Ranaldo, Shelley, Moore, Winant||8:06|
|4.||"+–"||Takehisa Kosugi||O'Rourke, Gordon, Ranaldo, Shelley, Kosugi, Moore, Winant||7:01|
|5.||"Voice Piece for Soprano"||Yoko Ono||Coco Hayley Gordon Moore||0:17|
|6.||"Pendulum Music"||Steve Reich||Gordon, Ranaldo, Shelley, Moore||5:55|
|1.||"Having Never Written a Note for Percussion"||James Tenney||O'Rourke, Gordon, Ranaldo, Shelley, Kosugi, Moore, Winant||9:09|
|2.||"Six (4th Take)"||Cage||O'Rourke, Ranaldo, Shelley, Kosugi, Moore, Winant||2:10|
|3.||"Burdocks"||Wolff||Christian Marclay, Wolff, O'Rourke, Gordon, Ranaldo, Shelley, Kosugi, Moore, Winant||13:12|
|4.||"Four6"||Cage||O'Rourke, Ranaldo, Shelley, Kosugi, Moore, Winant||30:01|
|5.||"Piano Piece No. 13 (Carpenter's Piece) (For Nam June Paik)"||George Maciunas||Gordon, Ranaldo, Shelley, Moore||3:58|
|6.||"Pièce enfantine"||Nicolas Slonimsky||Ranaldo, Winant||1:28|
|7.||"Treatise (Page 183)"||Cornelius Cardew||O'Rourke, Gordon, Ranaldo, Shelley, Kosugi, Moore, Winant||3:25|
SYR4: Goodbye 20th Century was released on CD and vinyl. The vinyl version had a slightly different track order, due to the side length constraints of the format. The first disc of the CD edition contained a QuickTime video of a performance of "Piano Piece No. 13 (Carpenter's Piece)", which showed Sonic Youth nailing piano keys down one by one.
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
SYR: Goodbye 20th Century received mixed reviews from critics, but most praised the group's efforts at popularizing and reinterpreting the composers' works.
- Sonic Youth
- Thurston Moore – production
- Kim Gordon – production
- Lee Ranaldo – production
- Steve Shelley – production
- Additional personnel
- Jim O'Rourke – production
- William Winant – production
- Takehisa Kosugi
- Christian Wolff
- Christian Marclay
- Coco Hayley Gordon Moore
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