Eleanor Hovda (1940-2009) was a fairly obscure American composer of post-minimal, early spectral works that spanned in time from the 1960s through the 2000s. After studying under such luminaries as Karlheinz Stockhausen and Kenneth Gaburo, she began to probe the inner qualities of sound, forging a body of highly subtle, often sparse, spatial music–most often in the context of modern dance performances. Inspired by the likes of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Pauline Oliveros and Japanese music, all of her own work totally flows and breathes, sounding for all the world like the best dream state free improvisation–even though it’s all meticulously composed. Basically, it’s short on melody and big on texture–just the way I like it–easily earning a place among the best slow-motion acoustic soundscapes out there. Hopefully, this definitive 4-CD set should help raise Eleanor Hovda’s profile outside of the concert halls of academia.