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    Jorge Antunes – Savage Songs

    April 10th, 2013

    Jorge Antunes - Savage Songs

    Savage Songs is a collection of early electronic music from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1961, at age 19, Jorge Atunes attended a concert of electronic music by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gottfried Michael Koenig, which greatly influenced him to start making his own. So, he wasted no time setting up shop in his parents’ house with a couple of reel-to-reel tape recorders and a self-built saw tooth wave generator. The fact that Jorge had already taken a course in electronics and was engaged in freelance radio repair sure didn’t hinder these early efforts. By 1964, Jorge started splicing tape and employing random objects like cardboard boxes, plastic containers and small drums in his music. Theremin, tape head echo and reverb out the wazoo followed not long after, as did piano and sound effects records. By 1967, he moved operations out of the house to establish the Antunes Studio of Chromo-Musical Research in the Villa-Lobos Institute. As the decade drew to a close, Jorge even recorded his first piece in a professional studio at the Torcuato di Tella Institute.

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    David Dunn – Four Electroacoustic Compositions

    April 9th, 2013

    David Dunn - Four Electroacoustic Compositions

    Composer David Dunn (born 1953) began his musical life as Harry Partch’s assistant from 1970 to 1974. Over the decades since, he has created a huge catalog of sound works that run the gamut from traditional and experimental music, installations, soundtracks, radio broadcasts and bioacoustic research. David’s compositions and wildlife sound recordings have been featured in scores of forums, concerts, broadcasts and exhibitions. He has taught music courses at UCSD and the College of Santa Fe, and he is President of the Art and Science Laboratory. To sum it up, I guess you could say David Dunn has accomplished a lot, but he ain’t done yet!

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    Roger Reynolds – All Known, All White

    April 8th, 2013

    Roger Reynolds - All Known, All White

    “Roger Reynolds (born 1934) studied music composition at the University of Michigan. Together with fellow classmates Robert Ashley and Gordon Mumma, he was a founding member of the ONCE Group. In the late ‘60s, Reynolds settled in Southern California to teach composition at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been based to this day. Reynolds’ works most often include text of poetic or mythological origin, electronic sound elements, and multichannel spatial explorations.”–Wikipedia

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    If, Bwana – I, Angelica

    April 7th, 2013

    If, Bwana - I, Angelica

    Comma lovers take note! I, Angelica is a vault-clearing double CD set released in 2001 by Pogus label main man, Al Margolis, and his ongoing free music project, If, Bwana. (Yep, there’s a comma in the artist’s name and the title. Is that enough punctuation for you?) The tracks on these two coasters span a whole decade, from 1992 through 2001, and send the attentive listener not on a space odyssey, but a sound one. Titled Nick Nack, disc one offers up six tracks of prime weird behavior courtesy of Al himself, who piled up multiple layers of such instruments as Arp 2600, Moog Rogue, computer, tapes, manipulations, guitar and steel cello.

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    Pauline Oliveros – No Mo

    April 6th, 2013

    Pauline Oliveros - No Mo

    “Pauline Oliveros (born 1932) is an American accordionist and composer who is a central figure in the development of post-war electronic art music. She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, and served as its director. She has taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Oliveros has written books, formulated new music theories and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of Deep Listening and sonic awareness.”—Wikipedia. Flowing from the same vein as her Alien Bog / Beautiful Soop CD on Pogus and Electronic Works CD on Paradigm, No Mo brings three more long (and lost) tape pieces from the 1960s kicking and screaming into the fright of night.

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    David Rosenboom – Invisible Gold

    April 5th, 2013

    David Rosenboom - Invisible Gold

    “David Rosenboom (born 1947) is an American composer and a pioneer in the use of neurofeedback, cross-cultural collaborations and compositional algorithms. He studied composition, performance, and electronic music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Salvatore Martirano, Lejaren Hiller, Kenneth Gaburo and others. Working with Don Buchla in the 1960s, he was one of the first composers to use a digital synthesizer. He has taught at a whole mess of colleges since the ’70s, and is currently Professor of Music and Dean of the School of Music at CalArts.”—Wikipedia

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    Ross Bolleter – Crow Country

    April 4th, 2013

    Ross Bolleter - Crow Country

    Crow Country is a collection of crudely-rendered, avant-garde classical works spanning the years 1987-99 from the Australian composer Ross Bolleter (born 1946). “Unfinished Business” is played on a weathered, ruined piano and features a cacophony of plinks and plonks strewn about over a fat futon of thunderous tones supplied by pulling the bass (piano) strings. “I took hold of the fall to lift it. It was so rotten it came away in my hands. As I played, ants came out and journeyed in concentric circles on the front panel of the 1920s Jackson piano. I knelt to pull back the bass strings and released them—like firing off huge arrows. The piano roared and groaned…” Fans of John Cage’s prepared piano pieces may enjoy this.

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    Kenneth Gaburo – Tape Play

    April 3rd, 2013

    Kenneth Gaburo - Tape Play

    Tape Play is a heavily appreciated collection of Kenneth Gaburo’s 10 works for tape alone made from 1964-92. (He produced many more pieces for tape with instruments and multi-media.) “Fat Millie’s Lament” is a “collage, mostly of loops of percussion and voice sounds” with a processed and delayed Morgan Powell big-band climax in the middle. “The Wasting Of Lucrecetzia” is “a crazed, wild piece and is made mostly of scraps of screaming, percussion loops and sax playing. This is a delicious and thrilling piece. I certainly remember it being an inspiration to me when I was an undergraduate in that it used to give me permission to try similarly loud, crass, bad-taste pieces that stick their tongues out with denunciatory glee.” “For Harry” is for Partch and is just the opposite—a chopped-up yet almost relaxing array of notes played on a simple monochord instrument made by KG “showing how Partch’s timbral and pitch world could be derived from a single vibrating string with electronic transformation.”

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    If, Bwana – Clara Nostra

    April 2nd, 2013

    If, Bwana - Clara Nostra

    Clara Nostra is comprised of a single one-hour track “for 106,476 clarinets”. When I first read that, I busted up…laughing out loud. But, yep, it’s true. Mr. Al Margolis, leader of Pogus, has overdubbed four different tracks of clarinet and then bounced each of them back and forth like crazy and forever (speeding up some, slowing down others) until the end result really is 106,476 of the dang things quilting and billowing you a most unlighted and dense static drone of “I’m supposed to wake up and go to work in one hour” proportions. Clara Nostra is a most excellent 360 degree bib for you all-the-time-drooling, deep-freeze-dwelling patrons of the (big, slow f)arts. Way recommended.

    Label: Pogus Catalog Number: P21019-2 Format: CD Packaging: Jewel case Tracks: 1 Total Time: 62:54 Country: United States Released: 1999 More: Bandcamp, Discogs, Official, Pogus, Soundcloud

    Text ©2003 Arcane Candy

    Leo Kupper – Ways of the Voice

    April 1st, 2013

    Leo Kupper - Ways Of The Voice

    Ways of the Voice is a collection of four works for the human voice composed by Leo Kupper (born 1935, Belgium) between 1984 and 1998. “All of the sounds on the album originate with the Brazilian singer Anna Maria Kieffer. Two works, ‘Anamak’ and ‘Amkéa’, have an ‘orchestral accompaniment’ composed of tropical bird songs. Making use of elements of electro-acoustic music and sound poetry, the music expresses wonder at Brazil’s tropical beauty and, ultimately, an intense love of the abstraction of words and musical forms.” Via granular synthesis: smeared, stretched and slowed-down vocal sheets provide the foundation for Anna Maria Kieffer’s overdubbed vocal extremities as she traverses the many moods of avant-garde throat sports—from silly, childlike chirping, twittering and gargling (which gets really hilarious on “Annazone”) to multi-layered chaos burritos, all the way to beautiful, unadorned laments. Perfect for fans of experimental vocalists like Cathy Berberian, Meredith Monk, etc.

    Label: Pogus Catalog Number: P21018-2 Format: CD Packaging: Jewel case Tracks: 11 Total Time: 61:08 Country: United States Released: 1999 More: Discogs, Last.FM, Pogus, Sub Rosa

    Text ©2003 Arcane Candy