One of our favorite mixing of modes from the old school – a tremendous second album from the legendary Aksak Maboul! The record mixes arty playfulness with some rootsier elements – bits of Eastern instrumentation, jazz, improvisation, and even some post-punk elements – all in a ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download and bonus CD!)
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet —
Landfall ... CD Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy ...
A beautiful collaboration between two of the most important forces in leftfield music in the early 80s – multi-media artist Laurie Anderson and modern string legends Kronos Quartet – coming together here in an extended Anderson composition inspired by the experience of Hurricane Sandy! ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
One of the spookiest albums we've ever heard from moog maestro Mort Garson – way darker and more complex than his Wozzard Of Id or moogy horoscope projects – with a feel that's much more like his legendary Black Mass album! Like that one, there's a fair current of supernatural running ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
Derek Bailey sounds incredible here on Aida – not the famous opera written by Verdi, but instead a series of long, live improvisations dedicated to the late Aida Akira! Bailey is mindblowing throughout – playing at a level that easily makes you understand why his talents on the guitar ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal work from Derek Bailey – solo guitar sounds that influenced an entire generation! The music here captures Bailey at a key early shift – a really bold move into territory that nobody had ever explored before – on both electric and acoustic guitar, and playing the ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Derek Bailey, Jamaaladeen Tacuma & Calvin Weston —
Mirakle ... CD Tzadik, 2000. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Boy, that cover alone is more than enough to draw us in – a frizzy-headed guy sitting amidst a whole host of 70s studio gear – but we've also always loved the music of Francois Bayle, which has always been some of the most striking in the French electronic tradition! The work here is ... (Sound Library, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weird and wonderful sounds from one of the coolest spots in the universe – the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop, home to a mix of surprisingly groovy and experimental electronic music! This album was issued on the 25th anniversary of the sonic institution – and it features a strong ... (Sound Library, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weird and wonderful sounds from the enigmatic John Bender – a record that seems to beat the darkest of the cold wave generation at their own game! Don't think of the record as "pop surgery", so much as it is a complete dismantling of all the best electro elements of the period ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really moody little sound library record – heavy on analogue electronics, but used in ways that are nicely changed up from track to track – and quite different than the usual library album of this style! Some tracks are light and tuneful, but others are quite dark and experimental ... (Sound Library, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool album that presents Cage at the height of his "chance" composition stage, and which features him and David Tudor playing a mixed bag of 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 Cage, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is stained and peeled on the top 3 inches, with a split top seam.)
Nice 1968 recordings of works by Cage and Lukas Foss. The Cage "Concerto For Prepared Piano" is performed by Yuji Takahashi on a prepared piano, as the main soloist with a larger ensemble. The sound is as you'd imagine from Cage's prepared piano stuff, with lots of cool off-kilter piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cornelius Cardew —
Material ... CD Hat Now (Switzerland), 2001. Used ...
The compositions of Cornelius Cardew, performed here with a distinctly Chicago inflection – in a relatively recent performance that is partially conducted by Art Lange, and featuring Jim Baker on Arp, Carrio Biolo on vibes, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, and Jeff Parker ... read moreCD
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 wild mix of electric and acoustic sounds from Henning Christiansen – done as a soundtrack for a film that's represented with images inside the cover – images that make the movie look as wild as the music on the record! Sounds come from a variety of sources – glass bowls, tubes, ... (Soundtracks, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on red vinyl – with a nice booklet of images inside the gatefold cover!)
Impossibly hard to describe music by Henning Christiansen – originally done as a soundtrack for a film, but very much able to stand on its own – with a quality that's as moving as it is experimental! There's vocals on a number of titles, sung by Bodil Hojsgaard and mixed with piano ... (Soundtracks, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the coolest, weirdest music that electronic genius Suzanne Ciani ever recorded – sounds for a live performance of a socially-conscious opera – but done with a very eerie vibe that must have overwhelmed any of the artists on the stage! On record, the music works more as one long ... (Soundtracks, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key meeting between 2 important forces in electronic music in the 70s – the increasingly-experimental Brian Eno and the Cluster team of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius! Unlike the trio's other album, this one's an all-instrumental affair – one that takes the atmospherics of ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mixture of jazz improvisation and more avant ideas – performed by twin pianists Chick Corea and Nicolas Economou during the Munic Summer Piano Festival in 1982! The session is a great reminder that, even at a time when Chick was cutting some music that was very commercially successful, ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
A pretty decent album of prepared piano tracks – performed by Miguel Angel Coria, in the understated experimental music tradition of the Cramps label. Most tracks are relatively short, and the work follows in a Cage tradition, but has perhaps a bit more space. CD
Beautiful early solo work from Alvin Curran – a set that's much more cerebral than his sounds with MEV, but which also has maybe a more personal vibe than some of his later works! There's a very organic approach to the music here – as Curran mixes source recordings with bits of voice, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Holger Czukay —
Movies ... CD EMI/Gronland (Germany), 1979. New Copy ...
Not a soundtrack album from Holger Czukay – despite what you might guess from the title – and instead a batch of nicely tuneful, often-catchy tracks that somewhat follow the style of late 70s work from Can! Not surprisingly, Holger's joined by group makes Jaki Liebezeit on drums, and ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
Holger Czukay —
Movies ... LP EMI/Gronland (Germany), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Not a soundtrack album from Holger Czukay – despite what you might guess from the title – and instead a batch of nicely tuneful, often-catchy tracks that somewhat follow the style of late 70s work from Can! Not surprisingly, Holger's joined by group makes Jaki Liebezeit on drums, and ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Holger Czukay works here with many of his frequent musical partners – including Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebeziet, and Michael Karoli – but the album actually feels a bit more like his then-recent collaborations with David Sylvian – more concerned with subtle shifts in sound and space ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
Holger Czukay & Rolf Dammers —
Canaxis ... CD Spoon/Gronland (Germany), 1968. New Copy ...
A fantastic early project from Holger Czukay – an early solo set, done during a time when Can were just getting started – and at a level that's years ahead of its time! Czukay uses lots of tapes and sound samples with his own basslines – crafting this pan-global landscape of ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
An avant trio with a fair bit of electronics – Jean Jacques Birge on keyboards, tape, alto sax, and flute – with Frncis Gorge on guitar and cello, and Shiroc on percussion. (Jazz, Out Sound)LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and a light stain in one bottomc orner.)
Very cool work from the Irish avant garde of the early 70s – served up here by a key member of what must have been a pretty small scene! Roger Doyle is a drummer, with experience in jazz – but here, he's working in this huge variety of experimental sounds – leading a Moondog-like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Electrosoniks (Tom Dissevelt/Kid Baltan) —
Electronic Music ... LP Philips/Fantome Phonographique (Italy), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Groundbreaking analogue electronics from the Dutch team of Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan – two musicians who can be as playful as the tem of Perry & Kingsley, but also hit some of the darker modes of the academic circuit as well! The title is very well-put – as the record has a vibe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark moment – both for Brian Eno, and for experimental music in general! Although Eno began his solo run with some searing, guitar-heavy records that were even wilder than his early work with Roxy Music – he also began experimenting with more sensitive aspects of sound on albums ... (Rock, Out Sound)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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A modern minimalist watershed – and maybe one of the first indications that Brian Eno was moving onto higher ideas in his music! The album's an important release on the Obscure series from Island Records – a special imprint that was curated by Eno, as a way of giving showcase to new ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A compilation LP of sorts – though at the time of its release most of this material had not been heard in this form! The album's more or less part of the "Ambient" series Eno had started that year with Music For Airports – and it's presented with similarly simple, elegant ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from the Entourage ensemble – a group who were years ahead of their time, but hardly got recognized in the 70s – because all of their work was issued on the Folkways label! In some ways, the group grew out of two different strands – both the acoustic underground ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from the Entourage ensemble – a group who were years ahead of their time, but hardly got recognized in the 70s – because all of their work was issued on the Folkways label! In some ways, the group grew out of two different strands – both the acoustic underground ... read moreCD
Really beautiful sounds – and a record that's far more haunting than you might expect! The record's not just piano notes alongside sci fi sound effects – and instead has this really subtle use of theremin, so that the instrument almost comes across more like a cello, or acoustic bass ... read moreCD
Don't let the "tapes" in the title fool you – as the album's not really some leftover material, and instead stands proudly as the third full record from Germany's legendary Faust! Even on a scene that was filled with progressive, experimental heavyweights, Faust could still stand ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two late Feldman pieces, both for small ensembles. "Rothko Chapel" is for chorus, viola, celeste and percussion, performed by the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus under Philip Brett with David Abel, Karen Rosenak and William Winant, and "Why Patterns?" for flute, clarinet, ... read moreCD
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
We're more than willing to embrace the primitive electronics claim in the title – because while the album does feature a fair bit of moog, keyboards, and other electronics – plus some tapes and processing as well – there's also a heck of a lot more elements from around the globe, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Futuro Antico (Riccardo Sinigaglia/Walter Maioli) —
Futuro Antico ... LP Black Sweat (Italy), 1980. New Copy ...
Very meditative sounds from this hip Italian combo – long songs spreading out with a mix of electronics and organic elements – almost with a vibe that recalls some of the more globally-conscious projects on ECM during the 70s! Walter Maioli plays a range of flutes – many of them ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album