Sunday, 21 September 2014

Walt Dickerson & Sun Ra

Visions (1979) ...

Released on Danish label Steeplechase LP originally ...

Utopia ... 

Walt Dickerson - Vibes
Sun Ra - Piano ...

Astro
Utopia
Visions

Constructive Neutrinos
Space Dance ...

Composed by Walt Dickerson ...





Constructive Neutrinos ...



“Philosophically we had nothing in common [laughs], strangely enough; that’s why I enjoyed his company. Sun Ra was a teacher, and sometimes teachers need to be fed other than what they teach; that’s where I came in. That’s why I used Sun Ra on several of my recordings. He did a marvelous job; I wanted that difference; I wanted that uniqueness that he brought to the table.” ... Walt Dickerson ...

musica en espiral review ...


Astro ...

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Jennifer Warnes

Famous Blue Raincoat (1987) ...

Jennifer Warnes 'tribute' to Leonard Cohen ...

Bird On A Wire ... 



Famous Blue Raincoat ... 

Warnes, who used to sing back up on Cohen’s albums before recording this disc in 1987, takes a much different approach that mirrors his own. She generally sings in a non-affected, low range that gives the songs a cool, Brechtian feel. For example, she vocalizes the dark lyrics of “Bird on a Wire” such as “Like a baby stillborn / Like a beast with his horns / I have torn everyone who reached out to me” over a martial beat as if she were reciting a grocery list. One can hear and understand every carefully annunciated word, but it’s the listener’s job to figure out how to take them... popmatters.com ... 

Joan of Arc (duet with Leonard Cohen) ...



Rip Rig and Panic

God (1981) ...

Debut album from post-punk-funk freeform scat-jazz group, derived from the Pop Group, featuring a young Neneh Cherry and Ari Up (of the Slits) on vocals ...Lots of fun and recently released digitally for the first time ...

HOWL! Caged Bird ... 


The Blue Blue Third ... 

  Debut-album God features track-titles that range from the bizarre (Constant Drudgery Is Harmful To Soul, Spirit and Health) to the bawdy (Knee Deep In Shit), many (most) of which reveal little about the anarchic contents on offer. It isn't easy-listening but it is enthralling in places with the pick of the bunch being the extra tracks Bob Hope Takes Risks and Go Go Go (This Is It), both issued as singles. Change Your Life boasts a neat little Latin American piano-powered groove and The Blue Blue Third almost passes for lounge in its own lilting, but ultimately discordant, way. If you dig Blurt, Beefheart and Bush Tetras, you'll want to discover God... flipsideflipsidereviews ...
God! album ... 

thedigitalfix.com review ...

cherryred.co.uk ... 

Symphony in Dave's flat (John Peel Session) ... 

Name taken from Roland Kirk album ...  

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Vangelis

Beaubourg (1978) ...

Expressionist solo synthesiser tone poem unlike Vangelis's earlier work of the 1970s ...

Beaubourg ... 



You have interpreted Beaubourg – when did you go there?
I went there two years ago. I visited the entire area and I was very impressed. I returned to London and I recorded my album ‘Beaubourg’ quickly, spontaneously. So I ‘felt’ Beaubourg, but that does not mean that Beaubourg is only this: I can redo ‘Beaubourg’ in 30 different ways.
The key, it seems to me, is to hear this electronic music.
Yes. I needed courage to release this record. It is interesting to see this album in context with my previous ones. This album created a scandal: some people returned the disc to me and others praised me. It was very important to distribute it in shops that specialised in ‘contemporary’ music.
I have the impression that memory plays an important role in listening to this composition: I tend, more and more, to identify with the track and narrow down the track, to bring the beginning closer to the end. Perhaps this is because of the unusual brevity of the ‘melodies’?
That is certainly the case. I will ignore the ‘ideal’ way of listening to the music: each person has his or her own way. I have seen people unable to listen to this record who now appreciate it more and more, but I do not regard this as a compliment. It is a record that can be played in the background. (He smiles) I cannot force anyone to listen to it and I cannot force myself to record it!.. Interview 1979 ...

 For me however, the work this album most closely resembles is the ground breaking soundtrack to the 1956 Sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet by Louis and Bebe Barron reputed to be the first all-electronic score for a major Hollywood movie. Likewise, when immersed in Beaubourg's otherworldly sounds it's not difficult to conjure up similar mental images such as a small group of astronauts stranded on a remote planet being stalked by an unseen menace. There is even a droning sound near the beginning that could readily pass for a landing spacecraft. Incidentally, just 4 years later Vangelis would create his own music for a sci-fi film with the (underrated) soundtrack to Ridley Scott's much debated Blade Runner which, by the way, sounds nothing like Beaubourg... Geoff Feakes review ...

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Toolshed

The Toolshed Album (2005) ...

An anthology of Toolshed ...808 State meets Magma downtown ... this is a collection of sessions by various line-ups of the experimental Manchester club night/ laboratory led by Graham Massey (Biting Tongues, 808 State, Bjork, Massonix) ...

Mathematica ... 


 In 1998, Graham Massey (808 State) wanted to create a night out he himself might leave his instruments at home for, and invented the Toolshed night in Manchester. In the time since, Toolshed has been hailed as one of the most expansive and ambitious attempts to leave the planet.

Each month The Toolshed Allstars perform a freeform set with equally unhinged guest musicians. Initially it was just Graham alone on computer, guitars and wind instruments. He was quickly joined in subsequent months by like-minded Manchester luminaries such as Paddy Steer (Homelife) Dick Harrison (Spaceheads) Graham Clark (jazz violinist extraordinaire) James Ford (Simian) and the unique multi-octave voice of Seaming To.

A storming 4 drummer, 6-piece horn section line-up of Toolshed forms the cornerstone of the debut album on Twisted Nerve - together with studio recordings and home sketches...  discogs.com ...



Love in Outer Space (Sun Ra cover) ... 



NANANANANAANAA.13-09-2003.as part of"In The City"
Seaming To (vocals)Graham Massey (alto Sax,;)Paddy Steer(Bass) Pat Illingworth,Richard Harrison &James Ford (Drums) Graham Clark (Violin) Howard Jacobs,Enrico Marcessi,Lara James,Roger Wickham,Gareth Beckwith,




Session 72 documentary ... 



Toolshed Big Band live at Futuresonic 2002 ...

Wok & Giblet live at QEH, London ...
                                                              Watusa ...

Argumenta ...live at Band On The wall 1999...

Monday, 15 September 2014

Luc Ferrari

Interrupteur / Tautologos 3 (1970) ...

Orchestra with tape pieces from French composer Luc Ferrari ...

Conductor Konstantin Simonovitch
Orchestra  Ensemble Instrumental de Musique Contemporaine

Interrupteur ...


Ferrari has time and again ranged far afield of musique concrète, and Interrupteur/Tautologos 3 is one such foray into instrumental music. These particular realizations came about through Ferrari's directed improvisations of Konstantin Simonovitch's ensemble, and the recordings were originally released in 1970 by EMI in their 'Perspectives Musicales' series. 'Interrupteur' is largely static music, a music of long tones periodically interrupted by aleatoric events. If it references musical minimalism (particularly Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Robert Ashley), this surely counts as an intuitive, very personal result.


Tautologos 3 (Part 5) ...


'Tautologos 3' pursues the idea of the superposition of cycles of different lengths that, once set into motion, will continually result in new events. 
'Interrupteur' is from 1967 and features the following instrumentation: English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, French horn, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, two percussions, two electric organs. It is one of the most outright powerful and devastating recordings within the avant garde realm. "Tautologos 3" is from 1970 and features: flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, viola, cello, double bass, electric guitar, electric organ & vibraphone... boomkat.com ...

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"Tautologos 3" from 1970 is going to be reissued by David Grubbs. Is he going to re-record the piece or use Simonovic's original performance?
They're going to reissue the original. Which isn't bad, actually... it's fun. "Tautologos 3" is another story, one which inevitably puts me in line with the American minimalists. I think I already knew their music-around 1970 I went to the States and met Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley, Gordon Mumma... I like these guys a lot. Maybe the idea was already there. When was "In C"? 1964? I couldn't say I was a minimalist at the time, but I was always interested in repetition: I just didn't know how to tackle it. I was tied up in serialism in the 60s, but even so I was experimenting with loops which repeated in cycles which never met up-that was also the idea of the "Music Promenade" installation we talked about: Musical events where you perceive the idea of repetition without them being necessarily repetitive themselves.
What interested me was looping the events in such a way that each time they reappeared, they created new musical objects. The idea of tautology. The first "Tautologos 3" was a written score, a text-score (like many others at that time), where I explained the rules of the tautology; it was a score which gave individual players the freedom to choose their action. We did this version a lot, in instrumental and theatrical contexts. Well, what with mixing up other people's instrumental and theatrical actions, after a while I wanted to do my version of the piece! (Laughs) So I wrote an instrumental score which respected the demands of the text-score. From time to time I taught workshops where I did "Tautologos 3" very often, with the students having to follow the score quite closely-so when I showed them my own version they said: "You're cheating! You're not following the rules!" And I said: "I am free, you know..."
The other piece on the CD is "Interrupteur". What were you trying to do with in that work?
I wanted to write the most static music possible. I suppose it didn't work out, as it's quite a busy score! (Laughs) The idea was to have instrumental continuities which went from beginning to end. One instrument goes up for ten minutes and comes down for ten minutes, while another goes up for three minutes and comes down over the next seventeen, and so on. Each instrument had its plan and there were lines which crossed, and each time that happened there was a special event. That was the basic idea. What interested me was to decide on a duration and to see what each instrument was going to do, in a conceptual way. I'm starting to work with durations again, trying to organise them in a completely aleatoric way interms of the composition; it's all written out, but the compositional information is all generated by chance. I take the duration and use it as a painter would, like a canvas...
Interview with Luc Ferrari (doc, Dan Warburton, 1998) ...

Cherry Wainer

It's Hammond Time ! (1965) ...

Cherry Wainer, South African Hammond organist with 1950s TV pop group Lord Rockingham's XI, on her own (with husband drummer Don Storer) ...Lord Rockingham's XI were the house band for early British TV pop show Oh Boy! and were mostly session musicians...

It's Hammond Time ! LP A-side ... 




Its Hammond Time ! Lp B-side ... 


A bit of history ...