Wonderful early work by Robert Ashley – a great example of the way he always brought playfully clever touches to his compositions! As with some of Ashley's other work, the piece is spoken, but heavily processed too – layered back on itself with an aesthetic that's certainly informed by ... read moreCD
Amazing early electronics from Henk Badings – originally created as music for the ballet Evolutions, but done with a sound that lives way past its source! Henk's working here with frequent partner Dick Raaijmakers, in that eerie, other-worldly style that the pair brought to their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the freshest string quartets we've heard in years – a group of young musicians with roots in many different styles, coming together in a really evocative way – and with a sound that's free from any gimmicks or tricks! In the years since Kronos, there's been lots of messing with ... read moreCD
"Cartridge Music", performed by Cage and John Tudor, is a recording of needles and wires hooked up to various objects and then "played" by the musician. Wolff's "Duo" is performed by David Tudor and Kenji Kobayashi, "Summer" is a piece for string quartet and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic 1950 recording of John Cage's work for prepared piano – that eerie variation on the conventional instrument, made by sticking all sorts of weird things underneath the strings and hammers! The tracks are all pretty short, and pianist Maro Ajemian presents the work without too much ... read moreCD
Groundbreaking electronic sounds from Louis DeMeester – very much in the same sort of postwar mode as music from folks like Tom Dissevelt, Henk Badings, Dick Raaijmakers, and some of the other pioneers of the European scene! The album's got some very compelling sounds with a wonderfully ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Duncan & Max Springer —
Crackling ... CD Trente Oiseaux (Germany), 1996. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Entourage Music & Theater Ensemble —
Entourage ... LP Folkways, 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy vinyl and cover – feels like a vintage record on Folkways!)
Morton Feldman pays great tribute to Samuel Beckett here – with music full of dark shadows and lonely shapes, almost a perfect soundtrack for any of Beckett's works on stage! The instrumentation here is all a bit muted – played by the Ensemble Modern, but not credited individually ... read moreCD
Remi Gassman's groundbreaking music for George Balanchine's Electronics – a ballet of sorts, but one that's got a definite space age score! Gassman's sounds here are amazing – raw analogue electronics, played by the Studioatonium keyboard, and manipulated by tape – so that cycles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful solo cello work from Lori Goldston – an extremely evocative use of the instrument, inflected with lots of personal color and tone! The tracks are all original compositions, with a structure that's somewhere between more serious music and looser, more intimate acoustic improvisation ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Georg Graewe/Ernst Reijseger/Gerry Hemmingway —
Continuum ... CD Winter & Winter (Germany), 2005. Used ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible sounds from Lucien Goethals – one of the lesser-known electronic talents of the European scene of the 60s and 70s – and one of the most revolutionary as well! Goethals is represented here by three long pieces – the first of which, "Difonium", has his own ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Electronic musician Salvatore Maritrano works here on his unique SalMar machine – a "composing machine" that uses logic circuits to create a fully-formed piece of electronic music – at a level that almost rivals the analogue giants from years past! The music is full of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A long-overdue tribute to the legendary Moondog – one of the true visionaries of American music in the 20th Century! Moondog got his starts as a blind musician working the streets of New York at the end of the 40s, but he did so (as you'll note on the cover photo) with a range of unusual ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning contemporary opera, based on a true story about the stabbing of a young boy in the UK – rife with interwoven strands of reality and online communication – which are deftly conveyed in the music and vocals! At some level, the piece echoes the best contemporary work by ... read moreCD
Gunter Muller & Jim O'Rourke —
Slow Motion ... CD For 4 Ears (Switzerland), 1994. Used ...
The gentle, spare soundtrack to the film "The Piano" by noted UK minimalist Michael Nyman, very much in the vein of his non-soundtrack (and other soundtrack) work. 19 titles in all, including "To The Edge Of The Earth", "A Wild & Distant Shore", "The Heart ... read moreCD
This groovy avant percussion group plays two long multi-part pieces, one by Miloslav Kabelac called "8 Inventions, op. 45", the other by Maurice Ohana, which is "4 Choreographic Etudes". Noisy in parts, calm in others, and with 140 different percussion instruments. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a partially unglued bottom seam & some light wear.)
Three different pieces by the great Steve Reich – including one world premiere! The title of the CD refers to the longest work here – "Radio Rewrite", a compelling composition based around themes from the music of Radiohead – which are then really abstracted by Reich, ... read moreCD
Terry Riley's masterpiece, and an enduring classic that never grows old – and which never lapses into the hippy dippyness of some of his other work! The piece features 53 short musical passages, played in an order defined by the players, in minimal repetition, moving in and out of phase ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Experimental mastery from Terry Riley – a live recording captured in Paris in 1978 – at a point when he was working in a realm of his own invention, leading up to his benchmark Shri Camel LP! Riley is working here with his Yamaha portable combo organ that he had modified – ... read moreCD
Two rare soundtracks by Terry Riley – unsung examples of his musical genius during one of the the most fruitful periods in his career! Les Yeux Fermes features two very long tracks – each over 18 minutes long, and spun out with a spare, minimal groove that's very much in Riley's ... read moreCD