Metheny's solo guitar "noise" album, and a respectable one at that, if you ask us. "Zero Tolerance For Silence" is divided into 5 tracks, the first nearly 20 minutes long, and the remaining numbers shorter, simply entitled "Part 1" through "Part 5". (Jazz, Out Sound)CD
A weird mix of electronics and percussion from the German scene – a set recorded in 1981, but with a freewheeling vibe that's almost more like some of the electronic experiments of the prog years! Clara Mondshine plays a range of keyboards – most with these sounds that are somewhere in ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
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
One of the classic Westminster sides from ABC – and record that features three different avant classic works. The set includes Bartok's "Sonata For Two Pianos & Percussion" and Edwin Carr's "Dances From Elektra" – both of which have a nice piano/percussion style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Toshimaru Nakamura & Lucio Capece —
ij ... CD Formed, 2007. Used ...
Czeslaw Nieman —
Katharsis ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
If you ever thought the Polish scene would be years behind the times, given that they were working under Soviet control during the Cold War years – then you owe it to yourself to check out this classic from Czeslaw Nieman – a set that's got every bit as much experimental electronic work ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charles K Noyes & Owen Maercks —
Free Mammals ... LP Visible/Feeding Tube, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Pure sonic madness – a set of mostly-duets between Owen Maercks on guitars and Charles K Noyes on percussion and home-made saxophone – very much in the best wave of unbridled expression that flowed from the American scene in the late 70s! The style here is post-avant, post-loft jazz, ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A unique little record from the French scene of the late 70s – not really jazz, but definitely freely improvised – and a set that also merges more conventional instruments with a range of other elements – then seems to put the whole thing together with a new sort of sonic energy! ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Legendary early work from Nurse With Wound – one of the group's first few albums, done at a time when it was quite difficult to ever figure out where they were coming from! Steven Stapleton's clearly got a strong influence here from 20th Century avant composition modes, particularly tape-base ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
You might know Misha Panfilov from his soulful 45s done for the Funk Night label – but here, the Estonian musician is in completely different territory – working alongside partner Volodja Brodsky in a freewheeling blend of acoustic and electric elements – performed live, on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic Harry Partch, and the kind of record that's a great introduction to his music. There's lots of Partch's weird invented instruments – like chromelodeon, diamond marimba, mazda marimba, cloud-chamber bowls, gourd tree, and the crazy "spoils of war". The titles are long, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Quadraphonic pressing in a gold border cover, with a cut corner.)
Visionary stuff from Harry Partch – the kind of record that's a great introduction to his music – and a relic from an era when mindbending, rule breaking sound art could come out on a label like Columbia! There's lots of Partch's weird invented instruments – like chromelodeon, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Richard Pinhas created some amazing music in Heldon – the important French avant/electronic group of the 70s – then he went on to open even more musical territory with this fantastic solo debut from 1979! The album's different than some of the Heldon material – a bit less dark ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Reich at the earliest point in his career – a time when the budding minimalist was really starting to make some waves on the new music scene with his instrumental compositions, but also still working with a few tape experiments too! This live performance from 1970 shows both sides of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two sides of legendary experimental composer Steve Reich – with one side composed for a large ensemble, the other side comparably pared down and composed for a quartet! The former is the 14+ minute "Pulse" played by the International Contemporary Ensemble, with 4 violins, a viola, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early meeting of minimalist giants – as the album includes two long tracks that both feature Philip Glass and Steve Reich playing in the same ensemble! The set begins with a 1969 live recording of Reich's wonderful "Four Organs" – played by a group that features four ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pierre Schaeffer & Groupe De Recherches Musicales De La RTF —
Musique Experimentale ... LP Cacophonic (UK), 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
Groundbreaking work from the French scene of the postwar years – easily one of the most important places to put the word "experiment" in experimental music! The sounds here really live up to the promise of the title – really revolutionary explosions in sound from musicians ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that really lives up to its title, and maybe one of the most organic things to ever come out of the Bell Telephone Labs in the 80s! Don Slepian works here on the Alles digital synthesizer – then a pretty obscure instrument, but used here in ways that have a wonderfully evocative ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unique project from musician/filmmaker/theorist Michael Snow – not sounds of his own creation, but more of a collage of unusual music from around the globe – presented in a spirit that definitely fits the title! Oddly, when the record was created in the 80s, it was also seen as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing electronics from Laurie Spiegel – a set that's wonderfully on the cusp of analogue expression at the end of the 70s – tuneful, not noisy – rich in texture, yet never too dark – and warm, but never in a mellow sort of new age way! At some level, a record like this ... read moreCD
Amazing electronics from Laurie Spiegel – a set that's wonderfully on the cusp of analogue expression at the end of the 70s – tuneful, not noisy – rich in texture, yet never too dark – and warm, but never in a mellow sort of new age way! At some level, a record like this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download for all tracks on the 3LP set, plus bonus material too.)
A fantastic overview of the key postwar years of experimental music – a set that not only features some important electronic experiments, but also a wealth of unusual tonal, timing, and instrumental combinations! The box brings together key recordings from these years – some by the ... read moreCD