Wednesday, 21 November 2007

just a quick note to anyone frequenting this blog: i'm currently moving into a new flat which means i won't be having internet access for a while. thus don't expect any new posts. feel free to leave requests. i'll definitely check them when i'm wired again ;)

thanks for caring about this blog & most of all enjoy the music. see y'all in about two weeks.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - Studio & Soundboard 1969-1975

(© Takehiko Nakafuji)

1. (Strong Out) Deeper Than the Night '75 SB
2. Night of the Assassins '73 ST
3. ??? '75 SB
4. Field of Artificial Flower '74 ST
5. Improvisation '69 ST
6. ??? (same as song 3 on the High or Die LP) '70 ST
7. Romance of Black Grief '75 ST

Monday, 19 November 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - Mars Studio 1980

4 CD box set released by Univive. Alas, without the bonus disk called "Double Heads September" which means no "The Last One" *sigh*. I'll add it as soon as i find it.

Blog to Comm's Christopher says about this:

"For a change of pace the whopping 4-CD set MARS STUDIO might do you some good. It's the Denudes 1980-style, perhaps a little more professional and polished but still garage enough to sate, doing their familiar numbers in an actual studio. What makes this one different from other sessions I've heard is that Mizutani Takashi and crew, for some maybe not-so-strange reason, decided to utilize such instrumentation as electric organ and acoustic guitar into the usual hard rock mix adding for a rather unique, and perhaps even pleasing sound as in LOADED or maybe even (get this!) Hackamore Brick! (OK, that's hyperbole...whadja expect?) Those of you who only know this band from their previous recordings may be in for a surprise as I was, but the softer and less-metallic moments found herein did make for an experience that sorta reminds me of a Doug Yule-styled coup in the group, at least on a few numbers. Not that MARS STUDIO's a total trip into late-Velvet Underground straight-ahead dance rock since there are some great moments of BLUDGEON here, such as on disc three's opening track "Guitar Jam" which sounds something like a flub-a-dub take on "Blues' Theme" filtered through "Sister Ray." And if this track sounds familiar, it is! For years it was being passed off as a '69 number called "Smokin' Cigarette Blues" on that two-LP set with the wild photo of Mizutani adorning the front (as seen above, nicked off the Denudes' own website!) which seemed strange since the version I have on my bootleg burn of 67/69 was a totally different free-form freakout kinda thing! Oh well, it only makes me wonder all the more as to just how much of this info on Les Rallizes Denudes floating about we CAN believe!"

Disk 1: September 4-6th
1. Enter the Mirror
2. A Memory is far / Distant Memories
3. Jam
4. Enter the Mirror
5. Night of the Assassins
6. Love Story

Disk 2: September 6-7th
1. Love Story
2. Romance of Black Grief
3. Romance of Black Grief
4. White Waking
5. White Waking
6. White Waking
7. White Waking

Disk 3: September 9th
1. Guitar Jam
2. Ice Fire
3. Night of the Assassins
4. Romance of Black Grief

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Das synthetische Mischgewebe - Inventaire & Contradictions (Retrospective 1982-1988)
(Germany, 2004)

Limited to 500 copies.

1. Überlebensformen IV
2. Harvest of Magnetism III
3. Works pt. 2
4. Loop of Existence
5. Ode an Conrad Elektronik
6. Bacchus pt. 2

Daphne Oram - Oramics

01. Introduction
02. Power Tools
03. Bird Of Parallax
04. In A Jazz Style
05. Purring Interlude
06. Contrasts Essconic
07. Lego Builds It
08. Pompie Ballet (Excerpt)
09. Intertel
10. Adwick High School No.1
11. Look At Oramics
12. Rotolock
13. Purple Dust
14. High Speed Flight
15. Studio Experiment No.1
16. Four Aspects
17. Kia Ora
18. Dr. Faustus Suite
19. Adwick High School No.2
20. Tumblewash
21. Studio Experiment No.2
22. Snow
23. Rockets In Ursa Major (Excerpt 1)
24. Food Preservation
25. Studio Experiment No.3
26. Bala
27. Episode Metallic
28. Studio Experiment No.4
29. Adwick High School No.3
30. Fanfare Of Graphs
31. Studio Experiment No.5
32. Brocilliande
33. Mary Had A Little Lamb
34. Incidental Music For Invasion (Excerpts)
35. Costain Suite
36. Rockets In Ursa Major (Excerpt 2)
37. Passacaglia
38. Missile Away
39. Pulse Persephone
40. Adwick High School No.4
41. Nestea
42. Rockets In Ursa Major (Excerpt 3)
43. Conclusion
44. Studio Jinks

Friday, 16 November 2007

Roots of Madness - The Girl in the Chair
(USA, 2005)

Recorded in 1971.
Highly fluctuating bitrates (192-320 kbps).

1. Réalisation II
2. Nihility In Being
3. Cat's Tail
4. We Had A Love (But It Died)
5. The Yell
6. The Big House
7. The Old Man's Ass
8. Flight Of The Ocka Bird
9. You Are My Sunshine

"The Roots of Madness were a group of teenage 'heads from the early '70s who attended Leigh High School in San Jose. Their LP of full-blown psychedelic freakery was locally released around 1970 and descended into hyperobscurity, until now. It's a reissue so totally needed because this music is such a stinky, boiling stew of fractured blues, primitive electronics, free jazz, and scatological spoken word, given an excessively potent kick from heaping doses of juvenile "hormonage" and some serious drug consumption. It opens with "Réalisation II" (they apparently skipped right over "Réalisation I"), which is a fierce, 11-minute crescendo of maniacally tinkling bells, gray blasts of shortwave radio, walkie-talkie gobbledygook, feedback, freely stabbing percussion, a chorus of throat-shredding howls, and pig-squealing horns. And that's just a warm-up for the real freaky shit, such as "The Old Man's Ass," wherein this incensed voice chants such anally obsessed verse as "The old man's wretched ass ... Grown nonfunctional with constipated eons of nonuse ... And the old man's crack? Watery, jelly skin dripping through fingers ... Turning the hills of youth into a canyon. A canyon eroded by venereal shankers and fiery and proud hemorrhoids." Amen for gratuitously disgusting weirdness." (Justin F. Farrar, via)

"'The Girl in the Chair' was named for a disabled girl in school who, confined to a wheelchair, wheeled around the high school parking lot, busting fellow students for necking and smoking cigarettes. Somehow, neither her advisors, family, nor fiends were able to fathom that this duty would make her one of the most ridiculed people in school. 'The Girl' became a metaphor for all the forces which combined to turn places of education into mini-prisons, where questioning, creativity, and freedom to be oneself were routinely repressed." (via)

Monday, 12 November 2007

Richard Lerman - Music of Richard Lerman 1964 - 1987
(USA, 2006)

Disk 1: Travelon Gamelon (Music For Bicycles)
1. Promenade Version (Boston, MA, July 2, 1979)
2. Concert Version (Pittsburgh, PA, June 6, 1981)
3. Promenade Version (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 27, 1982)
4. Concert Version (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 27, 1982)
5. Concert Version (Wellington, New Zealand At Victoria University, July 31, 1986)

Disk 2: Selected Works
1. For Two of Them
2. Sections for Screen, Performers and Audience
3. End of the Line: Some Recent Dealings with Death
4. Accretion Disk, Event Horizon, Singularity
5. 2½ Minutes for BASF Loop
6. Soundspot
7. Music for Plinky and Straw

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Hugh Le Caine - Compositions Demonstrations
(Canada, 1999)

01. Dripsody: An Etude For Variable Speed Recorder (Mono Version)
02. Ninety-Nine Generators
03. Invocation
04. Study No.1 For Player Piano And Tape
05. The Burning Deck (Without Words)
06. A Noisome Pestilence
07. Textures
08. Nocturne
09. Bird Spectrogram
10. Music For Expo
11. Safari: Eine Kleine Klangfarbenmelodie
12. Mobile: The Computer Laughed (Perpetual Motion)
13. Paulution (Charnel Number Five)
14. This Thing Called Key
15. Arcane Presents Lulu
16. The Burning Deck (Original Version, With Words)
17. Sounds To Forget (Excerpt)
18. Bill Farrow Plays The Sackbut
19. Mal Clark Plays The Sackbut
20. Rhapsody In Blue (G. Gershwin)
21. Sugar Blues (C. McCoy)
22. Sackbut String Quartet (C.W. Gluck, Arr. Le Caine)
23. The Sackbut Blues
24. Coded Music Apparatus: Patterns On The Pitch Graph (Automated Sackbut)
25. Improved Timbre Controls
26. Artificial Larynx, Driven By Sackbut
27. Xmas Music: Organ Control For Automatic Light Display
28. Volume Changes
29. Accents
30. Independent Voicing
31. Repeated Notes
32. Attacks
33. Attack And Volume
34. Mouth Cavity Oscillator With MKI Touch Sensitive Organ
35. Artificial Larynx
36. Organ Experiment With Pitch Control
37. Dripsody Demonstration
38. Dripsody: An Etude For Variable Speed Recorder (Stereo Version)

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - Wild Trips

A 5 CD box set released by Univive in 2006 which comprises various recordings from 1976.

part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6 part 7

Disk 1: April 12th
1. White Waking
2. Angel
3. Guitar in
4. A Cry of Bird
5. unknown
6. unknown
7. Strong Out Deeper Than the Night

Disk 2: April 12th & May 25th
1. unknown
2. Enter the Mirror
3. The Last One
4. Night of the Assassins
5. unknown

Disk 3: November 25th
1. Fantastique
2. unknown
3. Flames of Ice
4. Romance of Black Grief

Disk 4: November 15th
1. Night of the Assassins
2. Dizastar
3. The Last One

Disk 5: October 30th
1. Night of the Assassins
2. Strong Out Deeper Than the Night
3. White Waking
4. Flames of Ice
5. The Last One
Joji Yuasa - Aoi no Ue (Obscure Tape Music of Japan I)
(Japan, 2004)

Limited to 500 copies.

1. Aoi no Ue (1961)
2. My Blue Sky No. 1 (1975)

"Aoi no Ue" is based on "Genji Monogatari" ("The Tale of Genji"), written by a Japanese noblewoman named Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century and believed by some scholars to be the first novel ever. On a sidenote, the story has been illustrated by most brilliant Yoshitaka Amano who provided the artwork for Mamoru Oshii's "Tenshi no Tamago" (which is recommendable to anyone interested in surrealistic and progressive animation).

Also, the third installment of the "Obscure Tape Music of Japan" series is available over at Different Waters.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Joji Yuasa: Music for Theatrical Drama (Obscure Tape Music of Japan IV)
(Japan, 2006)

Limited to 500 copies.
Alas, only 128 kbps.

1-10: Oen aka A Woman named 'En' (1963)
11. Mittsu no Sekai aka Three Worlds (1959)
Akira Rabelais - Spellewauerynsherde
(USA, 2004)

1. 1382 Wyclif Gen. ii. 7 And spiride in to the face of hym an entre of breth of lijf.
2. 1390 Gower Conf. II. 20 I can noght thanne unethes spelle that I wende altherbest have rad.
3. 1440 Promp. Parv. 518/2 Wawyn, or waueryn, yn a myry totyr, oscillo.
4. 1483 Caxton Golden Leg. 208 b/2 He put not away the wodenes of his flessh with a sherde or shelle.
5. 1559 W. Cuningham Cosmogr. Glasse 125 Within which draw an other Circle, a finger bredth distant.
6. (Gorgeous curves lovely fragments labyrinthed on occasions entwined charms, a few stories at any longer sworn to gathered from a guileless angel and the hilt edges of old hearts, if they do in the guilt of deep despondency.)
7. 1671 Milton Samson 1122 Add thy Spear, a Weavers beam, and seven-times-folded shield.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Vladimir Ussachevski - Film Music

Contains two scores for films by Tad Danielewski ("No Exit", based on the Jean-Paul Sartre play of the same name) and by Lloyd Michael Williams ("Line of Apogee").

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - Great White Wonder

Another Univive release spanning 4 CDs (alas, i couldn't yet find the fourth one which i believe is a bonus disk containing material from the Kanagawa show on November 7th 1980). The remaining three disks comprise recordings from the following dates: (1) July 13th 1973, (2) October 1st 1975, and (3) July 22nd 1977.

Disk 1
1. Field of Artificial Flower
2. Inside Heart
3. Otherwise Fallin' in Love with You
4. Angel
5. Otherwise Fallin' in Love with You
6. You Were Known
7. The Last One

Disk 2
1. Deeper Than the Night
2. Otherwise Fallin' in Love with You
3. Field of Artificial Flower
4. White Waking
5. A Memory is far
6. Improvisation

Disk 3
1. Dream
2. Night of the Assassins
3. Field of Artificial Flower
4. The Night Collectors
5. Flames of Ice
6. A Voice of Bird

Monday, 5 November 2007

Lionel Marchetti - Knud un Nom de Serpent (Le Cercle des Entrailles)
(France, 2001)

Limited to 500 copies.

01. Un
02. Silence Fauve
03. Trois
04. Silence Blanc
05. Cinq
06. Silence Simple
07. Sept
08. Silence Du Chaman Blanc
09. Neuf
10. Silence Crâne
11. Onze
12. Silence Final
13. Treize
H.N.A.S. - Bitte werfen Sie Ihren Müll aus dem Fenster
(Germany, 1988)

Limited to 1000 copies.

1. Nachts träumte er von enormer Lautstärke
2. Welt der Getränke (Erste und zweite Studie für Dudelsack)
3. Leckere Krapfen (Die Republik steht Kopf)
4. Paradies der flotten Sünderinnen

Sunday, 4 November 2007

The Hototogisu - Floating Japanese Oof! Gardens Of The 21st Century
(USA, 2004)

3-LP set limited to 300 copies. You can still find other Hototogisu-related releases at Eat My Art Out.
All tracks are untitled.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Les Rallizes Dénudés - December's Black Children

Live at Shibuya Yaneura, December 13th 1980.

photo by Takehiko Nakafuji

Disk 1
1. Flames of Ice
2. (Strong Out) Deeper Than the Night
3. A Memory is far
4. (Strong Out) Deeper Than the Night, pt. 2
5. Night of the Assassins

Disk 2
6. Smoking Cigarette Blues
7. White Waking
8. Enter the Mirror
9. The Last One

Friday, 2 November 2007

H.N.A.S. - Ach, dieser Bart!
(Germany, 1988)

Limited to 2000 copies, the first 66 copies came with an additional 7" containing the track "Als der Morgen kam, war es, als sei nur eine Nacht vergangen" which i, alas, couldn't find yet.

1. Ich will 'ne Lumumbastellung
2. Im Kote tiefster Gemeinheit
3. Der katholische Abstand beim Tanzen
4. Ja, der Eiffelturm
5. Keine Küsse und keine Tomaten
6. In Petersburg ist Pferdemarkt
7. Hirsche kommen mir nicht auf die Bank