A fantastic piece of minimalist magic from Julius Eastman – a lesser-known composer of the 70s, but one we'd rank right up there with Steve Reich, given the beauty of this work! The CD features one long piece – "Femenine" – which builds slowly out of small passages of ... read moreCD
Take it from us – you can judge a book by its cover – because this weird little record from Hans Edler is exactly what you'd expect from the image on the front! Hans plays early analogue electronics in a very offbeat way – making short songs that blend bleeps, pulses, and ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The most beautiful album we've heard so far from keyboardist John Ellis – a set issued by the Gondwana label of trumpeter Matthew Halsall, and a set that's every bit as spiritual as his work too! There's maybe a bit more of an overall structure to the record – which partially feels ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
The caves here may be ancient, but their sound is mostly electronic – created by JD Emmanuel in a very cool blend of tape loops, organ, and other keyboards – mixed with a few earthy elements to give the record a slightly atmospheric vibe! Emmanuel's music is more forward-moving than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brian Eno leaves the Airports, and moves On Land – but still keeps things pretty much in the spare sound of the Ambient series! The lineup here features a few more extra musicians – including Michael Beinhorn on synth, Jon Hassell on trumpet, Axel Gros and Michael Brook on guitars, and ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
A remade version of an album recorded by this enigmatic German duo in the mid 70s, but never issued at the time – resurrected from its original tapes in the mid 90s, and augmented in ways that really open up the sound, while still keeping the core of the music intact! The instrumentation ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500! Includes a great heavy booklet, too.)
Sublime sounds from a group who definitely offer up what they promise from their name, but also add in some great extra elements too! The use of flute and voice seems to start in a space that's inspired by Indian music, but also takes off into slightly progressive territory too – very spare, ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies! Comes with a big booklet of notes, too.)
A wild batch of instrumental psychedelia – with plenty of avant garde touches thrown in! This is the sort of record that always restores our faith in major labels – and it makes us realize that no matter how many Elvis Presley albums RCA was selling in the 60s, there was also room to ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Each side is a separate recording of live improvisations by Frith on guitar and Ostertag on synthesizer, with a host of tapes, radios, and contact mics. Both performances were recorded at different points in 1981. Phil Minton sings on the second side. Many of the tape samples were recorded in ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic percussion pieces from this ultra-cool New Zealand ensemble of the 70s – a group who take their name and inspiration from the Scratch Orchestra of Cornelius Cardew – but who also work in a more intimate setting, with lots of instruments of their own creation – with a ... read moreCD
Billed as a "live recorded dream play" – the set features Hartmut Geerken re-striking the amazing sun harp that he was given by Sun Ra in 1971 – an instrument with 55 strings that Geerken reworks here in very un-harply ways! The music features percussive notes from the ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 200 copies – in a great carboard cover, with insert too!)
A stunning collection of sounds from the legendary Philip Glass – a complete set of every single one of his recordings for Columbia Records – which is the label at which he did most of his important music! The set's a treasure trove of modernist musical moments – not just a ... read moreCD
Rare early self-released album by Philip Glass, and a sparkling performance of his "Musis With Changing Parts", played by Glass and a small group of chamber players. Glass' longtime recording partner, Kurt Munkacsi, is the engineer on the session, and the sound is excellent. Very lively ... read moreCD
Manuel Gottsching —
E2 E4 ... CD Racket/MG Art (Germany), 1981. New Copy ...
Some of the most beautiful sounds ever crafted from Manuel Gottsching – work that's a lot more tuneful and fluid than some of his material with Ash Ra Tempel – and which maybe has more of an 80s vibe overall! That's not to say that Gottsching's gone in for electro pop – just that ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
Manuel Gottsching —
E2 E4 ... LP Racket/MG Art (Germany), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
Some of the most beautiful sounds ever crafted from Manuel Gottsching – work that's a lot more tuneful and fluid than some of his material with Ash Ra Tempel – and which maybe has more of an 80s vibe overall! That's not to say that Gottsching's gone in for electro pop – just that ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful electronic classic from Ash Ra Tempel founder Manuel Goettsching – a record that features nothing but his own guitar experiments, filtered through a variety of effects – but at a level that feels a lot more like a keyboard or analogue electronics workout overall! In fact, ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guillermo Gregorio —
Faktura ... CD Hat Now (Switzerland), 2000. Used ...
An amazing document! Guillermo Gregorio has been getting a lot of notoriety lately for his free improvised work on clarinet and sax – but this set dips back way into his past, when he was a budding modernist in the hip Buenos Aires scene of the 60s. The subtitle of the release sums the work ... read moreCD
Fernando Grillo —
Fluvine ... LP Cramps (Italy), 1976. Near Mint- ...
Beautiful work from Fernando Grillo – an artist who plays the string bass more like an engine for creating sounds than a traditional jazz or classical instrument! His work here has a relatively improvised feel, but also a very careful one too – a great sensitivity for subtle sounds ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova —
Improvisationen ... LP Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 1968. Near Mint- ...
A rare one from Italian experimental pioneers Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – led by Franco Evangelisti and featuring the great Ennio Morricone on trumpet, who might feel a little bit liberated from the conventions of film soundtrack compositions in this setting, and is making ... read moreCD
Some of the most striking work we've ever heard from this legendary Italian group – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the power of their work in the 60s and 70s! The assemblage features important avant garde sounds from Ennio Morricone – and offers up a real look at the roots of ... read moreCD
Some of the most striking work we've ever heard from this legendary Italian group – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the power of their work in the 60s and 70s! The assemblage features important avant garde sounds from Ennio Morricone – and offers up a real look at the roots of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best accomplishments of the brilliant young Okka Disk label has been to record and document the monsterous talents of the brilliant young Swedish reed player Mats Gustafsson. Gustafsson's poised to become one of the next century's most important reed players, and his style is a near-inde ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
At some point in the early 90s, Swedish improviser Mats Gustafsson made the acquaintance of American jazz critic/sound artist John Corbett – and a friendship developed that spanned many US tours by Gustafsson, and many other recording projects done with other musicians for other labels. The ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
A real oddity from George Harrison – a record of abstract electronics, cut right around the same time as his bigger mainstream solo hits! The record is a highly experimental one – a session that has Harrison working with Bernie Krause, and exploring territory that's much more in the ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing. Includes inner sleeve too!)
Heliopolar Egg (Hartmut Geerken/Michael Ranta) —
Live In Kabul ... LP Sagittarius (Italy), 1976. New Copy 2LP ...
An extended improvised performance from the legendary Heliopolar Egg – a free improv duo formed in Cairo in the early 70s, but recorded here in Kabul – where mainman Hartmut Geerken was living at the time! You might know Geerken for some of his work with Sun Ra and the Arkestra – ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing music from Pierre Henry – one of the founding fathers of electronic music in the postwar European scene – still sounding incredible after all these years! The album brings together two recent performance/compositions from Henry – one from 2016, one from a few years before ... 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
One of the most "outside" albums recorded on the legendary Futura Records label in France – and that's saying quite a lot, given the legacy of avant jazz we've loved from their other records! The group here is a quartet – with Richard Accart on tenor and a variety of flutes; ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wayne Horvitz/Butch Morris/Robert Previte —
Nine Below Zero ... LP Sound Aspects (Germany), 1986. Near Mint- ...
Weird moody soundscapes by these 3 avant players. More spacey than noisy, and with a nice 80s downtown sound. Titles include "3 Places In Suburban California", "Reno", "Remind Me Of You". (Jazz, Out Sound)LP, Vinyl record album
Johann Johansson —
Arrival ... CD Deutsche Grammophon, 2016. New Copy ...
A totally wonderful soundtrack from Johann Johannsson – penned for the sci-fi film The Arrival, and at a level that easily matches the instant-classic, genre-defining sorts of sounds used to accompany films like Alien or 2001! As with those scores, Johannsson finds a way of making the music ... (Soundtracks, Out Sound)read moreCD
A totally wonderful soundtrack from Johann Johannsson – penned for the sci-fi film The Arrival, and at a level that easily matches the instant-classic, genre-defining sorts of sounds used to accompany films like Alien or 2001! As with those scores, Johannsson finds a way of making the music ... (Soundtracks, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download, LP packaged in a nice textured black sleeve.)
Terri Kapsalis & John Corbett —
Dead Level ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ...
An extended "radio noir" by the team of John Corbett and Terri Kapsalis – one that pays tribute to the glory days of the hardboiled detective through an array of music, sounds, and readings! The duo draw on a wealth of film noir influences, plus the hard-boiled fiction of writers ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD