Pivotal work from this incredible Polish composer! "Dies Irae" is Penderecki's haunting oratorio to the memory of those murdered at Auschwitz, and it's an incredibly dark work, filled with atonal orchestrations and richly somber vocal passages. "Polymorphia" is a 1960 ... (Classical, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A completely lost side of the legendary German group Popol Vuh – served up here in a heavy package that includes a never-issued soundtrack, obscure piano recordings, and even a DVD! The music is largely the product of group founder Florian Fricke – who's heard in the initial half of ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groundbreaking set of modal minimal tracks that stands as one of Reich's most popular and accessable works. The music is extremely subtle, and features 18 musicians playing a variety of violins, cellos, clarinets, pianos, marimbas, and vibes – all in short cyclic passages that move in and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
One of Terry Riley's most enduring works, and a haunting record that contains two extended modal minimal jams – "Rainbow In Curved Air" and "Poppy Nogood & The Phantom Band". "Rainbow" features Terry interweaving cool keyboard lines on organ, electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Max Roach —
M'Boom ... LP Columbia, 1980. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A later percussion ensemble album by Max Roach – one done in the style of some of his earlier 60s percussion experiments, but with a fuller scope, and a more serious feel overall. The ensemble was first formed in 1970, but recorded here with a very ambitious tone as part of Columbia's ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Neil B. Rolnick —
Solos ... LP Arch, 1983. Near Mint- ...
The record sonsists of 4 pieces, one featuring solo trombone perfomed by George Lewis along with computer generated tape. Other pieces focus on percussion, flute and digital synthesizer. LP, Vinyl record album
The definitely got the title right on this one – as the album's got plenty of violin, but never in the way you might expect – as the instrument is used in all these weird and wonderful ways that really make the record a treat! There's neither classical nor jazz-based violin approaches ... (Sound Library, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare mid 70s electronic LP by Israeli artist Ami Shavit! In Alpha Mood is a well-crafted, moody and oddly melodic effort, spacey as it is – recorded by Shavit in Tel Aviv on a variety of space age synth equipment. It bears the influence of nascent synth rock and pop experimenters like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool work from Jean-Luic Aime – ex-member of Univers Zero, working here in a very heady brew of cold wave electronics! The music shifts between spare, almost tuneful numbers that remind us a bit of Minny Pops or Young Marble Giants – and some much more experimental sounds that ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stockhausen's complete works for piano – written circa 1952-1954 – are performed by Aloys Kontarsky, many for the first time on record, under the supervision of Stockhausen himself. The set's on 2LPs, in a box with some nice notes by Stockhausen on the inside. LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Box has some edge wear with a split corner.)
Very strange stuff from the mid 70s, featuring 2 excerpts from Stockhausen's Musik Im Bauch (Music In The Belly) – pictured on the front cover in performance, with a very strange bird-headed human figure, hanging by a noose while the performers poke at it with sticks! "Musik Im ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes original booklet! Cover has bottom and top seams that have come unglued.)
A collection of modern works performed by the Rome Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Bruno Maderna. Titles include "Kontra Punkte" by Stockhausen, "Threnody For The Victims Of Hiroshima" by Penderecki, "Available Forms 1" by Earle Brown, and "Rimes Pour ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has seam splitting and a name in pen on back.)
Original pressing of this classic electronic score by Morton Subotnick, an LP that was, as the label says, the "first original full-scale composition created expressly for the record medium." One long work, divided in half, and featuring some of Subotnick's best early computer music work! LP, Vinyl record album
Univers Zero —
Univers Zero ... LP Sub Rosa (Belgium), 1977. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
A seminal release from the French scene of the late 70s – issued by this important group who were kind of post-prog, post-free jazz – but worked in a surprising blend of both! At some level, Universe Zero is an attempt to take 20th Century modes of European composition into the freer ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early series of recordings supervised by composer Edgard Varese – featuring versions of what were then his complete works! The record begins with two larger pieces – readings of "Integrales" and "Octandre" conducted by Frederic Waldman, working with the New York ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal set of recordings of material from Edgar Varese – key Robert Craft takes on three earlier compositions, and the debut of "Poeme Electronique", which was created at the 1958 Brussels World Fair! "Ionisation" hs a complex mix of percussion instruments, played by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three very different slices of the genius of Edgar Varese – presented here on a set of classic Columbia recordings from the early 60s! "Arcana" is perhaps the most ambitious work here – structured for an orchestra of 120 musicians, 70 of whom are string players – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great double-length 70s collection of work recorded by Edgar Varese for Columbia at the start of the 60s – two albums' worth of avant electronics, atonal orchestrations, and unusual tape experiments! The album includes the great "Poem Electronique" – created by Varese on ... (Classical, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Yoshi Wada —
Off The Wall ... LP FMP/Saltern (Japan), 1985. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
The title's quite right – as the album's a very off the wall set from Yoshi Wada – and that's saying a lot, given the weirdness of his other recordings! As with previous albums, this set's got a very sensitively sonic sort of quality – an exploration of tone and timing, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 works each by Xenakis and Penderecki, both conducted by Lukas Foss, and featuring Paul Zukofsky as the main soloist on one piece. Our favorite is Xenakis' "Pithoprakta", which has a cold atonal sound, and lots of amazing instrumentation that sounds sparsely electronic. LP, Vinyl record album
Moody work from this very enigmatic group – a trio that includes guitar, bass, and drums – spun out at a level that's quite experimental throughout – with elements that seem to tie the group to some of the farther reaches of the Sonic Youth universe in the 80s! The tracks are ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a fish on the cover, and some great sounds within – a rare collection of Italian sound library instrumentals, initially brought together in the 70s – and featuring a mix of sweet sounds and much moodier moments! Some tracks have a soundtrack-style level of warmth – while ... (Sound Library, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There was a very special sort of sound coming out of France in the 70s – a mode that was influenced by the creative experiments of academia in the postwar years, particularly the electronic world – and the vast array of public intellectualism in the time after 1968 – but also cut ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album