An incredible piece by composer John Adams – easily one of his most important works ever, and one that rivals Einstein On The Beach for its transformation of older operatic forms! The subject matter is quite unique – President Nixon's famous visit to China in the early 70s – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes box and book – save for a little edge wear on the box, this package is in great shape!)
Petrol ... LP Friends Of Friends, 2016. New Copy ...
The cover's got a fuzzy picture of a tenor on the front, and the sound here has some nicely fuzzy currents to match – a compelling blend of jazz music with almost a larger sense of sonic space – a bit like a small combo trying to perform their version of Disintegration Loops! The core ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The mad look of artist Karel Appel on the cover is a very fitting image for this set – as the music moves around in so many insane ways – often with the kind of dynamic, explosive vibe of Appel's famous paintings! We're tempted to call the set an audio version of abstract expressionism ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album of spare, early electronics – performed on a range of apparati that include "noise generator", sine wave generators, pulse generators, audio-frequency oscillators, and concrete sound sources. Works include "Evolutions", "Genese", "Contrast ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderfully weird electronics from underground legend John Bender – a set that was recorded in Ohio at the end of the 70s, but never got the circulation of some of the bigger post-punk material of that scene! The style is very offbeat and personal – cold electronics and processed ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 numbered copies – on red vinyl in unique, hand-stamped sleeves – just like the original album! Includes inserts, too.)
Second installation in RCA's classic New Music series from the 60s. Bruno Maderna conducts the Soloists of the Rome Symphony Orchestra – and the record features Pierre Boulez's "Sonatine", Roman Haubenstock-Ramati's "Interpolation" and Mecerna's own "Concerto for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
1984 issue of a set of duets that were recorded by Brueker and Bennink in 1967. The material is a great glimpse at how far-reaching the Dutch jazz scene was at a point when the rest of Europe wasn't stretching that far at all. Titles include Gamut", "Singing The Impalpable Blues", ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from Joanna Brouk – an artist who was sometimes lost amidst the new age scene of the 80s, but one who's got a much deeper, more intellectual approach overall! True, Brouk's music does have a certain meditative spirit – but she also was a student of Terry Riley and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strong second volume in the Free Jazz Bitmaps series on Sonnenzimmer label – an experimental, though thoroughly hypnotic set that reinterprets the brilliant solo improvisations on volume one into an alltogether new, just as compelling set of music! It features pieces by spearheading player ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
As the notes say, "this album is a series of aural and spatial fantasies evoking the spirit of American patriotic music" – and the whole thing's recorded on electronic keyboards. Given that this one's on Takoma, you can guess the kind of hippy-dippy folksist influence it might have ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great record from David Byrne – songs and spoken bits that were originally designed to be used in Robert Wilson's Civil Wars – but which work great on their own! Byrne is completely charming in the spoken bits – with a sense of dry wit mixed with humanism, not that ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool album that presents Cage at the height of his "chance" composition stage – featuring him with David Tudor weaving an eclectic mix sounds on a sound system – recorded live at the Feigen-Palmer Gallery in LA! The work is the kind of stuff you always hear about with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing minimalism – especially the piece by Reich! Cage's "Three Dances" features amplified prepared pianos played by Michael Tilson Thomas and Ralph Grierson, who are joined by Roger Kellaway and Reich on "Four Organs". LP, Vinyl record album
Modern art, but of the sonic variety – served up here by composer Daniela Casa on a rare sound library album, but with a free-thinking quality that rivals the best of the avant garde at the time! Unlike some more staid, academic record, there's no overarching concept here – no detailed ... (Sound Library, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally wicked little record, and one that's exactly what it promises in the title – an extended instrumental suite based entirely around wah wah guitar! The lead instrument is used here in a relatively spacey setting, but one that's still got plenty of funky undercurrents too – some ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)
Eugene Chadbourne & John Zorn —
School ... LP Parachute, 1978. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Nice one! This is an original pressing of the rare Parachute LP that featured performances by Eugene Chadbourne and John Zorn – sometimes in duets, sometimes in other groupings with players like Henry Kaiser, LaDonna Smith, Davey Williams, and Bruce Ackley. Titles include "Duet", ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful record that serves as both a showcase for Ornette's "serious" writing efforts, and his ability to play with a larger ensemble. Side one features Ornette playing trumpet solos with The Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet as they perform his "Forms & Sounds". Side two ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever full album of music from Tony Conrad – issued in the early 70s after years of Conrad's secret input to the global avant garde – including some key years in New York, where he influenced John Cale and a generation of others who rose to greater fame! This set really has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Dutch Gaudeamus String Quartet perform George Crumb's classic "Black Angels", a seminal modern work that was written for electric string quartet. The piece is handled with great care here – and is coupled with 2 other string quartets that also feature electronics! LP, Vinyl record album
Spacey piano work from Jordan De La Sierra – material that's clearly informed by the 60s experiments of La Monte Young and Terry Riley, but which also has a more open, spiritual quality too! The piano has a nice sense of tuning – one that's almost watery at points – and Jordan's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible document of the European scene of the 70s – music that shows just how much criss-crossing there was between improvised music and other avant styles that would break free into other scenes in the post-punk years! The record acts as a snapshot of this under-recorded time – ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Comes with a nice insert, too!)
Electronic Art Ensemble —
Inquietude ... LP Gramavision, 1982. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
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(Cover has a cut corner and a small spot of sticker residue – otherwise in good condition!)
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
A great overview of the early years of JD Emmanuel – work from his first four years of composing and performing, collected here together for the first time ever! The music is a beautifully moody, spacious approach to electronics – very much in the best spirit of the German scene at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gerd Zacher plays the Schuke organ in the Luther-kirche in Hamburg in this set of spare avant garde works. The set includes pieces by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Giuseppe Giorgio Englert, and Zacher himself. LP, 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A modern minimalist watershed and though a bit academic, still pretty darn beautiful! This early instrumental release was the first time that Eno really explored his farther-reaching ideas on record. The set features 2 pieces: "Discreet Music", a long work that relies on a simple ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Antilles.)
Begegnungen ... LP Sky, Late 70s/1984. Very Good+ ...
Sparely gentle work from various assemblages of electronicists Brian Eno, Dieter Moebius, and Hans Joachim Rodelius – aided and abetted here by producer Connie Plank! There's a personal, intimate feel to this work that almost makes it feel acoustic at times – despite the mostly ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool electronic soundtrack for this obscure early 80s slasher film – music that's a lot more complex and sensitive than the usual sounds used for slashers – with a style that reminds us of some of the hippest late 70s music on the Sky Records label! Eric Feremens comes from a ... (Soundtracks, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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!)
Two pieces of Glass' larger suite of pulsating modal minimalist music. The ensemble here is a sextet, with three electric organs and three reeds, plus voice. Like his other work of this era, the tones overlap and slowly unfold to reveal underlying patterns over the course of the piece. Far more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Glass on Hammond organ and Fender Rhodes – with Dickie Landy on soprano and tenor sax, and Joan LaBarbara and Gene Rickard on voices. Titles include "River Run", "Victor's Lament", "Etoile Polaire", "Are Years What", and "Ave". LP, Vinyl record album
Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova —
Improvisationen ... LP Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 1968. Near Mint- ...
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(Cover has a top seam that has come unglued.)
Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova —
Musica Su Schemi ... LP Cramps (Italy), 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A classic 70s outing from The Gruppo Di Improvisazione – historically important Italian avant collective, similar to AMM or MEV – with a really groundbreaking approach to their sound! We say "sound" here instead of "music" – because the album's filled with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the weirdest, most unusual records we've ever heard from Mats Gustafsson – and that's saying a lot, given his many years of mindblowing music! There's no saxophone on this record at all – as Mats was asked to use something he'd never played before for the project, which resulted ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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!)
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
The record is made up of amplified acoustic and prepared electric guitars in duet with alto and baritone saxophone. The first piece, "No Boundary" is a 10 minute piece in three parts. Other tracks include "Crossing: Floating On The Other", "Tinker Toys", "Rockin' ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's no lie – as the record is a very unusual concert performed by 12 different tractors – in a mode that takes us back to some of the great sonic experiments of the early 20th Century – like the industrial symphony performed by a Soviet city, or the legendary Art Of Noises ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the beautiful records on the Po Torch label, and a octet session that features Derek Bailey, Sven Ake Johansson, Wolfgang Fuchs, Paul Lovens, Maarten Altena, and others – all playing on a number of short tracks. Titles include "Der Westwind", "Zum Teil Mit Filz", ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally great, totally cool little record – one in which experimental musician Scott Johnson uses his guitar to trigger a set of spoken phrases! The approach is somewhere between early Steve Reich tape experiments and Frippertronics – as Johnson makes these great loops of sound that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three Parisian avant-classical pieces from the 60's. The Xenakis piece, "Herma", is written for solo piano, and is haunting and moody. Besty Jolas' piece, "Quatuor II", is performed by a soprano and a string trio. The real highlight, though, is "Archipel I" by Andre ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light ringwear and a small cutout hole.)
Ariel Kalma —
Interfrequence ... LP Montparnasse 2000/Black Sweat (Italy), 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
Fantastic electronics from the enigmatic Ariel Kalma – a spacey sound library set that's a bit more straightforward than some of his other albums of the time – but a record that's no less compelling overall! The tracks are relatively short, but it's amazing how much Kalma can pack into ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever album from Ariel Kalma – recorded after a long journey to India, where he learned the basics of modal music – which definitely shows up in the course of the album! The tracks are long, spare, and very minimal – almost in Terry Riley territory, but maybe a bit more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Music for dreams and love – served up here in a stunning double-length set from Ariel Kalma – who works through the whole thing in one long performance of keyboards and electronics – with no overdubs or other tricks at all! The music has a stretched-out electronic vibe that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Geoff Krozier & The Generator —
Tranceformer ... LP Finders Keepers (UK), 1981. New Copy 2LP ...
Mad magick a very weird Australian quartet – one who work here in a weird blend of witchcraft and electronics, all at a level that's much more like some of the most tripped out late 60s moog records than you'd guess from the record's 1981 date! The sounds here are really completely out of ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the darkest sounds we've ever heard from Italy's Flipper sound library – an all-electronic set by the enigmatic Lamartine – one that was recorded in the 70s, but so ahead of its time it wasn't even pressed on record! There's a very stark approach to the music here – some ... (Sound Library, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Other-worldly genius from the legendary Laraaji – a really special record that was done in collaboration with Brian Eno – as part of Eno's classic Ambient series at the end of the 70s – and as a way of showcasing some of the "fourth world" sounds that he was working in ... (Global Grooves, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy gatefold pressing – with bonus CD of the album!)
Creation ... LP Yoga Records/Drag City, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
Cosmic weirdness from Lightstorm – the first ever compilation of the husband & wife duo Johnima and Kalassu Wintergate's oddly effective, genuinely-inviting tunes! Lightstorm's aim is to bring blessing, love and divine joy to the world – spiritually-inclined in a new age-y way that's ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the fauna and flora you might expect from the title – and instead, a collection that's every bit as heady as some of Egisto Macchi's other sound library work from the time – very offbeat, very unusual, and pretty downright spooky! The sounds here are almost more what you'd expect ... (Sound Library, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download! Limited to 600 copies – and on heavy vinyl!)
A beautiful package – the three albums in the Pittura Moderna series by composer Egisto Macchi – all dedicated to modern art in the 20th Century, with individual tracks that are based either on a specific artist, or a style of work – all with musical references to match! There's ... (Sound Library, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 600 – in a special fabric-covered box! Also includes bonus download card.)
Radu Malfatti & Stefan Wittwer —
Und? ... LP FMP (Germany), 1978. Near Mint- ...
One of the best of the lesser-known FMP albums, and a great session of quirky free improv between trombonist Radu Malfatti and guitarist Stefan Wittwer. The album's got 4 long tracks, and they're all beautifully precise. Titles include "Und?", "So", and "Cotpotok (Still ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully meditative sounds from the great Rob Mazurek – a record that almost takes him into Eno ambient territory, but with a richer, more spiritual sound overall! The album features one long track based around a single note on Rob's cornet – blended with sublime organ from Mikel ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from the early academic days of analogue electronics! Professor Emerson Meyers ran the electronic music library at the Catholic University of America – and despite the sanctimonius nature of his employers, this is some of the most unholy noise we've ever heard! Many of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album