The coolest album so far from this compelling Norwegian combo – a set that's got a much more hypnotic feel than any of their other records – spinning out in a weird way that's kind of a combination of ECM jazz and Terry Riley! The tunes all have this slow pulsing sort of quality – ... read moreCD
Sublime electro-acoustic sounds from Francois Bayle – a full piece commissioned by Ina-Grm in Paris, presented here in the complete 1982 version! The work has a very poetic feel – almost these lyrical passages of darker sounds, woven into a spacious tapestry – billed as "Nine ... read moreCD
Classic electronic and percussive compositions by John Cage – performed here with sounds from a wide range of sources – including drums, cymbals, radios, turntables, and a number of other recordings! The performance is the first to actually bring together all of the different strands ... read moreCD
John Cage —
Ryoanji ... CD Hat Now (Switzerland), 1985. New Copy Gatefold ....
The sound of silence, taken to a new level – as John Cage works beautifully here in an illustrative piece inspired by a rock garden in Kyoto! There's a very spacious quality to the piece – instrumentation that really leaves lots of space in between the notes – even though the ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from John Cage – his groundbreaking Sonatas & Interludes of the late 40s – performed here with a rich sense of tone and timing by James Tenney! The performance is easily the most striking we've ever heard of these short pieces – and really bring out the magical ... read moreCD
An avant pop/offbeat classic from John Cale and Terry Riley! We'll be fast to admit that Cale's solo stuff don't always float our boat – but this collaboration with minimalist composer Terry Riley is nothing short of an amazing. It's an album of mostly long modal instrumental tracks (with ... read moreCD
Cornelius Cardew —
Material ... CD Hat Now (Switzerland), 2001. New Copy ....
The compositions of Cornelius Cardew, performed here with a distinctly Chicago inflection – in a relatively recent performance that is partially conducted by Art Lange, and featuring Jim Baker on Arp, Carrio Biolo on vibes, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, and Jeff Parker ... read moreCD
The rare and originally Japanese-only Seven Waves album from electronic musician Suzanne Ciani – plus her even rarer Voices Of Packaged Souls from 12 years earlier – together in a single set from Bird/Finders Keepers! Seven Waves was originally issued in the early 80s, and composed on ... read moreCD
Entourage Music & Theater Ensemble —
Entourage ... CD Folkways, 1973. New Copy ....
Beautiful sounds from the Entourage ensemble – a record that's got a really meditative blend of acoustic elements with a few electric touches – used in ways that start in jazz, then move way beyond! Instrumentation includes guitar, flute, keyboards, violin, and mbira – coming ... read moreCD
Wonderful ensemble work from drummer Fritz Hauser – a player whose recent music has gone far beyond jazz, with a mixture of compositional ideals and creative improvisation! This set features Hauser working with a larger percussion ensemble – really exploring his sense of texture and ... read moreCD
The complete five part version of Pierre Henry's amazing "L'Apocalypse De Jean" – recorded in 1968, but presented here for the first time ever in its entirety! The expanded recording further takes off from the dark, spooky quality of the shorter original – with a sublime mix ... read moreCD
A really well-titled collection – given that it features the most important steps in the long musical journey of Pierre Henry – easily one of the most important electronic musicians of the 20th Century! The package offers a heck of a lot of amazing music for the price – and is ... read moreCD
Spacey sounds from the enigmatic Iasos – a legendary figure in the 70s underground – and an artist with a heck of a great ear for organic electronics and unusual recording techniques! This cool collection of Iasos' music was put together by Carlos Nino with the guys at Numero – ... read moreCD
Striking sounds from Michel Magne – an artist who's best known for his groovy soundtracks of the 60s – but who steps out here with a rare experimental set from the late 50s! The style is very much in keeping with the most compelling of the postwar generation in France – as Magne ... read moreCD
A set of performances dedicated to Thelonious Monk – yet music that's quite far from anything by Monk that we've ever heard before! Yet there's also a definite Monkish inspiration going on here – a sense of space and timing that resonates in different, often drawn-out ways – ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from Wim Mertens and his Soft Verdict group – and one of the purest, boldest, most memorable examples of his music we've ever heard! The set is a live one, and while the approach might be seen as chamber music, the energy is something else entirely – youthful and beyond ... read moreCD
A beautiful collection of work from the legendary Moondog – most of which has never been issued here in the US! The 2CD set features one disc of material from Moondog's German albums over a 20 year span – plus an additional disc that presents his final concert, presented here for the ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from the man who gave the world Carmina Burana – and music that's equally spooky in its own sort of way! Carl Off composed this music for children as part of as special educational program for youth – but the overall quality of the sounds is more trance-like and eerie ... read moreCD
Andre Pabarciute/Mark Tokar/Klaus Kugel —
Varpai ... CD Nemu (Germany), 2010. New Copy ....
Very open, freely expressive interplay here – between singer Andre Pabarciute, bassist Mark Tokar, and percussionist Klaus Kugel! The trio are all European players from a space that's almost beyond jazz – working here in some very textural, sonically-sensitive modes – definitely ... read moreCD
Amazing minimal sounds from Charlemagne Palestine – music that's right up there in the best tradition of Philip Glass or Terry Riley – but maybe even more minimal! The works here are billed as "strumming" – "Strumming For Bosendorfer Piano", "Strumming ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from the 70s Italian scene! Giusto Pio was a contemporary and colleague of Franco Battiato, and this excellent recording was produced by Battiato, and it's got the same sort of fragile, beautiful, minimal sound that made his classic works so great! The CD contains two long pieces ... read moreCD
An incredible chapter in the Arthur Russell story – and one that's not nearly as well-known as his club singles and art rock work of the 80s! The 2CD package presents some long-lost longer form work by Russell – instrumental pieces composed and recorded in the 70s and early 80s, most ... read moreCD
Gary Sloan & Clone —
Harmonitalk ... CD Cache Cache/B- Music, 1980. New Copy ....
Mighty weird electronic sounds from Gary Sloan and Clone – an Alaska act from the start of the 80s, working with a really unique mix of styles that includes some electrified harmonica on most tracks! The core sounds are in more familiar electronic territory – Fender Rhodes, Arp, moog, ... read moreCD
Definitely the sounds promised in the title – and a sweet little set from 70s Paris, and one that bridges the gap between earlier electric prog and some of the clubbier cosmic sounds to come! The tunes are heavy on keyboards – great moog, Arp, and Fender Rhodes played by Patrick Vian ... read moreCD
A project that's essentially the genetic material of the aural art of the great Robert Wyatt – recorded by Wyatt in Rome in the early 80s for a radio program, where he was invited for a week to record the process of his work – and delivering it with fascinating, hallucinatory results! ... read moreCD
John Zorn —
Cobra ... CD Hatology (Switzerland), 1985. New Copy 2CD ....
One of John Zorn's best-known "game" pieces – served up here in both a studio and live performance! Zorn doesn't play anything on the recordings, but acts as the "prompter" – a conductor of sorts, encouraging improvisations from a variety of players that include Jim ... read moreCD
A really wonderful little record – one headed up by John Zorn, but actually featuring instrumentation from the trio of Bill Frisell on guitar, Kenny Wollesen on vibes, and Carol Emanuel on harp! The mix of instruments is wonderful – and rings out here with gentle progressions that ... read moreCD
Not really the rock side of psychedelia – but a great overview of all the trippy sounds that came before the late 60s explosion of mind-altered fuzz and freaks – a really compelling mix of experimental compositions, Eastern-tinged jazz, Indian music, spoken word recordings, and more ... read moreCD
If you think noisy electronics only emerged during the post-punk years, then guess again – as this set's filled with amazing sounds from the postwar years – some of the most important electronic music of the time – and maybe even of the whole genre overall! The collection ... read moreCD
Synthetic symphonics from electronic experimental ground breakers – with ground shaking rhythms, spacey soundscapes, fuzz, hums, echoes, loopy tape effects and more! Features Herbert Eimert, Bruno Maderna, Karel Goeyvaerts, Pierre Boulez and Eimert-Beyer. Titles include "Klangstudie ... read moreCD