Monday, 29 September 2014

Music For The Gods: Indonesia

The Fahnestock South Sea Expedition (1994) ...

 Recorded direct to aluminum/cellulose acetate disc in 1941, by brothers Bruce and Sheridan Fahnestock ...

Taboehgan/Gamelan Semar Pegulingan. Ubud [Teges], Bali, 1941 ...



Music For The Gods is the second release in the Endangered Music Project, a series curated by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart featuring material from the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center. This album captures the musical traditions of the Indonesian archipelago as it existed in 1941, when brothers Bruce and Sheridan Fahnestock recorded the indigenous musics of Bali, Java, Madura and Arjasa with (then) state-of-the-art Presto disc-cutters. The album preserves cultural traditions as they were prior to the westernization brought by WWII and presents a marked achievement in the restoration of deteriorating cellulose-acetate discs. Tracks feature the sweet and delicate sounds of the gambuh orchestra with its four bamboo flutes, the interlocking rhythms of the gamelan gong, the distinctive humming of the krejing harp, and vocal choruses performing ritual ceremonies with song and dance. Music For The Gods: The Fahnestock South Sea Expedition: Indonesia was issued in 1994 as part of “THE WORLD” series (now part of the Mickey Hart Collection made available by Smithsonian Folkways)... folkways.si.edu ...


 frugalfun.com article ...

Fire Engines

Lubricate Your Living Room (1980) ...

Minimalist Magic Band meets jangly post-punk pop music ...from Edinburgh on the Indie pop:Aural label and produced by Bob Last, early Human League manager ...

Lubricate Your Living Room part 1 ... 



Get Up and Use Me ... 

Their debut release for the label was Lubricate Your Living Room, an eight track album of discordant, funky-rhythmed, improvised pieces of music/muzak; no lyrics whatsoever discounting the screams and yelps on Discord. Music to go out to, to put you in the mood for ”action and fun'; this entire concept was Last's albeit with Fire Engines playing the role of willing accomplice. Lubricate had more in common with the instrumental Dub albums coming out of Kingston, Jamaica, and the extended instrumental disco-mixes coming out of clubs like Danceteria in downtown Manhattan. It sounded like nothing else; Fire Engines were then occupying a completely different hemisphere to that of their contemporaries... A history of Fire Engines ...

New Thing In Cartons ... 



Sympathetic Anaesthetic ... 

 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Monochrome Set

Love Zombies (1980) ...

Monochrome Set are an English 'pop' band formed in London in 1978 ...This was their second album. 

405 Lines ... 



R.S.V.P. ... 



Love Zombies ... 

 "Once this record is in the house two's company and four is a party. Roll back the carpet, switch out the light and dance in the glow of the firelight as 'The Monochrome Set' provide your very own music far from the maddening crowd of the dance halls." LP sleevenotes

Apocalypso ... 


Adeste Fideles ... 



themonochromeset.co.uk 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Les Frères Déjean

L'univers (1977) ...

Haitian band ... Les Frères Déjean came out of the Mini-jazz movement (light rock bands playing in a local style) and went back to a big band sound with keyboards and horn section with intricate rhythmic guitar work.  This was still called méringue-compas, but here has a quite African feel, with a free jazz sound in places ...

L'humanité ... 



Conviction ... 

FRED DEJEAN   Maestro, saxophone alto, ténor
ANDRE DEJEAN   Trompette, trombone
HAROLD JOSEPH  Chant
ISNARD DOUBY
   Chant, trompette

LESLY DOUBY   Chœur
DIEUJUSTE POLINICE NOZILE   Guitare solo
DURCYS DUBUISSON   Guitare accompagnement
ERNST VINCENT   Guitare basse
ULRICK BOUZI   Batterie
CAMILLE DEJEAN   Percussions
ROBERT NOZILE   Percussions, congas
PHILIPPE DEJEAN   Percussions, tambour
Artistes invités
LUCIEN CERAN Jr.  Saxophone
JACQUES LHERISSON   Piano

 musique.haiti.free.fr ...

Nayide ...



L'Univers ...  

Brian Eno

Making Space (2006) ...

Released to accompany an exhibition at Lumen London Gallery, and only available there... a compilation of instrumentals, some written with and featuring Leo Abrahams ...

Making Space ... 

lumenlondon.com ... 

Friday, 26 September 2014

Proyecto A

Proyecto A (1971) ...

Concept prog album from Spain, in a library music vein, but with overtones of Frank Zappa brass (actually Madrid municipal band).  Produced by Frank David...

Proyecto A ... 







Arranged By, Directed By, Producer, Vocals -- Frank David
Bass -- Aaron
Drums -- Rooby Dayand
Guitar -- Georges I
Organ -- Kisgay
Percussion -- Jean Marc
Recorded By -- J. Cobos*, J.A. Alvarez*
Tenor Saxophone -- Ortex
Trombone -- Louis R. Nator







 
Proyecto A (they didn't let me call it Proyecto Apollo) was a simple and heartfelt tribute to the historic and heroic achievement of a human being stepping on a celestial body beyond Earth.

The musical and rhythmic styles of the songs were not really anything new and ranged from Rock, Soul, Funky etc. that were fashionable at that time with the intention that they could be danced to in the emerging Dance Clubs. The unique and original novelty was that the melodies and harmonies used scales and tones which the Impressionist Claude Aquiles Debussy had already used to describe musically the endless to and fro of the sea waves in his Suite "La Mer". I tried to capture the cosmic weightlessness with the help of sound effects, handmade with a Binson Echo. 90% of melodies and harmonies were made ​​on tonal scales that produced an amazing feeling, a little uncomfortable for some.

We did not have synthesizers or other technologies so I went the old fashioned way, I went to the beach to record the sounds of the waves, I submerged a mic protected with a plastic bag into a bucket of water and blew through a hose to create bubbles, the launching of the rocket was the recording of a heating kettle starting up...

The musicians in the recording were: Kisgay (real name Joan Giralt, Hammond), Aaron (real name Jose Antonio Muñoz, bass), Nator (* real name not given, trombon), Ortex (real name Jose Ortega, sax), George I (real name Jordi Camp, brother of Manel Camp from Fusioon, guitar), myself as composer and vocals, and an emergency session drummer (alias Rooby Dayand) who covered for Jordi Colomer from Iceberg who finally was unable to move to Madrid for the recording sessions. Brass was played by some musicians from the Madrid municipal band... Frank David ...


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Edward Artemiev, Vladimir Martynov & Yuri Bogdanov

Metamorphosis (1980) ...

Russian LP of electronic interpretations of 'classical' pieces, by Claude Debussy and Monteverdi among others ... Yuri Bogdanov features on every track, on some tracks together with Edward Artemiev, composer for Andrei Tarkovsky and others.  Other tracks feature Vladimir Martynov...  All recorded with the famous EMS Synthi-100 synthesizer and released on Melodya...






Metamorphoses (1980) ...

Since the Synthi 100 is perhaps the most versatile synthesizer ever build (at least that's what Karlheinz Stockhausen once said) and given the lack of recordings with it (I remember Stockhausen's Sirius, some early Rolf Gehlhaar stuff and Bruno Spoerri's Toy Planet) this record might also appeal to the vintage gear fetishists... orpheusrecords.blogspot.co.uk
John Bull (Arranged By - Vladymir Martynov , Юрий Богданов) ...


Motion (Edward Artemiev & Yuri Bogdanov) ...