Thursday, February 19, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
LP, Electrecord, 1985
Another intense avant garde outing from 1980's Romania,
this time by Octavian Nemescu contemporary Dinu Petrescu.
After having studied at the famed Internationale Ferienkurse
fur Neue Musik in Darmstradt, Germany, under the tutelage of
Stockhausen, Xenakis and Ligeti, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk
in Cologne, and the Paris Conservatory with Olivier Messiaen,
Petrescu co-founded the electronic laboratory at the Bucharest
Conservatory. "Cosmophony" realizes these influences, via live
choirs, tape music, synthesizer, percussive elements and electronic
processing into a sound of modernity from behind the iron curtain.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Sunday, January 4, 2015
LP, Electrecord, 1984
An instant favorite on first listen...
this record is one big exercise in subtly intertwining
drone elements, be it they electronic, strings or vocals.
Side a bridges new age and nu new age with aplomb.
This material would benefit GREATLY from a remaster -
an undertaking which would bring out side b's fascinating
micro interplay that predated the software based lowercase
/microsound styles by over a decade. GREAT modern music.
A streaming/download archive of Romanian avant garde
composers, including Nemescu, is available >here<.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
Sunday, December 28, 2014
CD, Rykodisc, 1990
Despite his lack of fame, Ned Lagin fits the classical definition
of a renaissance man - artist, photographer, composer, early computer
visionary, scientist, accomplished musician... perhaps best known as a
sound engineer and keyboardist for the Gratefull Dead during their early
70's heyday, Lagin is a pioneer of the use of micro and personal computers
in live studio and stage performance settings. This release processed the
source sounds of the GD along with fellow hippie legends David Crosby
and Grace Slick, amongst others, into a completely different sound world
only accessible by the technology Lagin was exploring and utilizing,
resulting in the most unlikely cast of musicians of a release featured
on the blog, ever, yet perfectly at home here. Wild. I encourage you
to read Lagin's wiki profile linked below, it's interesting stuff!
Saturday, December 27, 2014
LP, Selected Sound, 1980
A favorite "library music" release of mine covering all
sorts of strange solo synth territory that would foreshadow,
amongst other things (a good deal of this release sounds
like Emeralds), the dystopian detachment of IDM.