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 moreCD
(Slipcase has some light edge wear.)
Anderson Fader Duo (William Anderson & Oren Fader) —
Le Cirque ... CD Furious Artisans, 2013. Used ...
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
Pierre Bastien —
Pop ... CD Rephlex (UK), 2005. Used ...
A key turning point in the career of Italian modernist Franco Battiato – as he leaves behind the straighter progressive format of his first two albums, and moves into a mode that's much more experimental! The album features four long compositions – all of which show Battiato ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase and book. Slipcase has some wear.)
Glenn Branca —
Ascension ... LP 99 Records/Superior Viaduct, Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)...
A masterpiece of new music for guitar from the legendary Glenn Branca – a set that both draws on all the minimal experiments on the New York scene of the 70s, and the big wave of underground music at the end of the decade! Branca effortlessly fuses the rock and compositional communities here ... 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
A compelling vocal performance from John Cage – recorded in Milan in 1977, and stretching for over 2 hours. The overall feeling is similar to some of the classic Dadaist vocal compositions from the early 20th century – as Cage's often-nonsense text unlocks new lyricism in familiar ... read moreCD
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
(Cover has one small trip in the bottom seam – aprox 1cm.)
A wonderful album of early analogue electronics – originally issued with a title that billed it as "an astronaut's reflections while visiting the earth"! The sound here is way more outside than that, though – almost more as if the astronaut was an alien – with weird, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the coolest record we've ever heard from the team of Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan – a record that's every bit as groundbreaking in its use of electronics, but even more playful overall! There's a slight touch of jazz at times – almost a Dick Hyman/Moon Gas sort of mode – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
DJ Sniff —
Europa ... CD Re: Records (UK), 2013. Used Gatefold ...
Bold clusters of sound from pianist Philip Thomas – working here on a series of very inventive compositions by Christopher Fox! Fox has a groundbreaking style that's really striking, right from the first few minutes of the CD – a way of creating almost little stories in sound, driven ... 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
Groundbreaking work from Roberto Gerhard – a composer born in Spain, but who created some amazing electronic sounds in the British scene of the 50s and 60s – easily some of the first and most important electronic music to come from the UK! Gerhard was a key member of the newly-formed ... 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
Not an all together inappropriate title on this CD! Monsoon is basically a single, nearly 50 minute live untitled session slowly propelled by William Hooker's pounding drum work, Lee Renaldo's trademark hissy electric guitar effects washing over, and Roger Miller's electric bass and looping ... read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Francois Houle 5+1 —
Genera ... CD Songlines (Canada), 2012. 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
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
Some of the most organic electronics we've ever heard – all material pulled from the private archives of Ariel Kalma, and issued here for the first time ever! Kalma's a hell of a compelling artist – one who had both ties to the more serious world of European electronic composition in ... read moreCD
An incredible collection of some of the earliest Lasry-Baschet recordings – some of the greatest avant French sounds of the late 50s! It's the union of two pairs of musically progressive siblings – sound and instrument engineers/sculpters Bemard and Francois Baschet and piano-trained ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Orchestral works from composer Liza Lim – but all pieces that draw heavily on sounds from a wide global spectrum – which makes the results extremely compelling, and far less standard than you might expect! The set begins with "The Compass" – a 21 minute piece that uses ... read moreCD
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
One of the best early albums from the legendary Moondog – a set that got wider circulation than his first few releases, and really helped expand his reach beyond New York City! Moondog's still at his simple best here – working in a blend of rhythmic percussion, stringed instruments, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A well-recorded concert performance from Fluxus legend Charlotte Moorman – done at Judson Hall in 1964, and featuring Moorman on a host of wonderfully diverse material! The music here really represents the forefront of 20th century composition for cello – almost a whole new medium, ... read moreCD
Charlotte Moorman works here with one of her most frequent partners – the famous video artist Nam June Paik, whose modes were a perfect fit for Moorman's famous "TV Cello"! This set is purely musical – and has Paik on piano working alongside some amazing sounds that issue ... read moreCD
A beautiful extended performance from the great Charlotte Moorman – duets on her famous "TV Cello" done with Paul Garrin, plus Naim June Paik's excellent "Concerto For TV Cello & Videotapes"! Both performances were recorded in Chicago's MCA during the early 80s – ... read moreCD
Three different slices of sound from Charlotte Moorman – all pulled from her important Fluxus years in New York! The first selection is "The Long Hot Summer" – by Jackson MacLow – a piece that features Moorman's moody cello in the company of MacLow, Nam June Paik, ... read moreCD
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