Artist: Jacques Erdos
Search Term: "Erdos"
Both grand and mangily tinny, this 87-second instrumental from 1982 marries an original classical composition to an instantly-dated synthesizer in a geeky union as successful as similar ones previously achieved by Switched-On Bach and Tangerine Dream. (That's a compliment, I should emphasize. I am nothing if not a fan of "serious" music blurted out by instruments that are as sophisticated as a tuxedo T-shirt.) It appears that the entire album from which this was lifted, Contrepoints: "Baroque Synthetiseur," consists of relatively brief pieces like this, but I think it would be interesting to hear whether they're all portions of one linear, larger work. As a standalone track, "Choral en Mineur" may seem a tad skimpy, but Erdos does wring a complete, gratifying, and surprisingly bittersweet baroque theme from a minute-plus of keyboards whose tone imparts only slightly more gravity than a musical greeting card.