Vote now for Best of Detroit 2021

Wednesday, September 1, 1999

Sounds of dream life

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Debussy understood that a work of art, or an effort to create beauty, was always regarded by some as a personal attack.

Sometimes, music speaks for itself. Claude Debussy, the composer whose music was the articulation of things ethereal, has never really been explained musically. And where, on The Seduction of Claude Debussy, John Hurt’s narration provides borrowed insight into the life of the mysterious composer, the music is the dreamscape that guides us through realms words could never explain.

Debussy may be the musician whom the Art of Noise musicians emulate most. They have never bowed to convention and, like Debussy, their sound has never validated the established. They took both hip hop and soul music into uncharted territory with "Beat Box" and "Moments in Love." And now jungle, techno and drum ’n’ bass must answer to the group’s ethereal ethos.

The Seduction of Claude Debussy captures moments in music. It writes riffs that enrapture the right brain. It explains the life of an enigma with minimal talk. It rolls the voices of Rakim Allah, Sally Bradshaw, Carol Kenyon and Donna Lewis over hypnotic tracks like billowy clouds. It invades and, yes, seduces the psyche.

"… featuring the heart of the nineteenth century on a twentieth century sleeve with a twenty-first century gleam in the eye…," the group boasts on the CD jacket. No statement could be more true. This project marries two frames of thought, from neighboring eras, into one stream of consciousness.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Khary Kimani Turner

Most Popular

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 20, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation