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''2 excellent pieces - The Fence, about borders and fences all over the world, using very long amplified strings and documentary voices; a serious and substantial work. Bagni di Dolabella, ''a violinists guide to the treatments and political intrigues ...

''Subtitle: The dynamic of rogue counterpoint. Jon, alone, with some of his interactive, midified, altered and invented instruments (eg the whipolin, a disembowelled cello, fitted with a variety of not exactly centred hurdy gurdy type wheels made of va...

Recorded live in the Australian outback, world famous avante garde composer Jon Rose's The People's Music" is a symphonic cut and paste compendium representing an innovative amalgamation of violins, samples, vocal insertions, and percussion. A musical ...

"The spirit of enquiry and experiment is still alive and kicking - in Portugal anyway. On this double CD, Vitor looks twice at the same material.
On CD one we get his unique take on guitar improvisation, which is electric, songlike and mixes genres in an unusual way. Then he takes all the pieces on that CD and orchestrates them with drums, bass, piano, guitar, clarinet and trumpet, to make a duplicate CD on which the same pieces appear as quite different pieces. You can choose one or the other...

Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer-keyboards & sampler
Bob Drake-bass, occasional guitar & organ
Chris Cutler-drums & electrified kit
Mike Johnson-guitars

Muchly awaited and anticipated 'instrumental complex rock deluxe' album. Mike Johnson is a great guitarist, and one of the aspects of his greatness is the fact that he doesn't show off, but only uses his talents as needed to put whatever he plays on in the best light. Well, the best light here includes some hellacious playing from him and fro

Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer-keyboards & sampler
Bob Drake-bass, occasional guitar & organ
Chris Cutler-drums & electrified kit
Mike Johnson-guitars

Muchly awaited and anticipated 'instrumental complex rock deluxe' album. Mike Johnson is a great guitarist, and one of the aspects of his greatness is the fact that he doesn't show off, but only uses his talents as needed to put whatever he plays on in the best light. Well, the best light here includes some hellacious playing from him and fro

Chris Cutler-drums, low-grade electronics, Amy Denio-vocals, Bob Drake-bass, vocals, guitar, drums, percussion, Fred Frith-guitars, Claudio Puntin-bass clarinet & Stevan Tickmayer-keyboards, electronics. Compositions by Stevan & lyrics by Chris. This i...

In the early 1980's, after disbanding the great trio Massacre, Fred Frith formed Skeleton Crew as a sort of a three person 1-man band, with Tom Cora (Curlew) and Dave Newhouse (The Muffins). Dave left pretty soon after, and for the next few years, the two man Skeleton Crew toured all over everywhere, bringing their unique blend of high musicianship (Fred on violin, guitar, half a drumset, vocals and Tom on cello, guitar, bass, the other half of the drumset and vocals) and low-tech protest song and...

2005 remastered reissue of this classic album recorded by Peter Blegvad, Dagmar Krause and Anthony Moore in 1973. Produced by Uwe Nettelbeck (Faust's producer), engineered by Kurt Grauner (Faust’s engineer) and backed by Faust themselves at their legendary studio in Wumme, Germany.
Amazingly, this incredible album – maybe their best – was turned down by Virgin who made them re-do the album in a much less interesting way (and without Faust) in the early 70s and it lay unreleased until the mid 80's...

2005 remastered reissue of this classic album recorded by Peter Blegvad, Dagmar Krause and Anthony Moore in 1973. Produced by Uwe Nettelbeck (Faust's producer), engineered by Kurt Grauner (Faust’s engineer) and backed by Faust themselves at their legendary studio in Wumme, Germany.
Amazingly, this incredible album – maybe their best – was turned down by Virgin who made them re-do the album in a much less interesting way (and without Faust) in the early 70s and it lay unreleased until the mid 80's...

“Slapp Happy meanwhile was planning its second record for Virgin. One night the trio showed up at the quartet's door and proposed that the two groups make the second Slapphappy LP together...Henry Cow jumped at the chance and Desperate Straights was the result. It's still a gem to my ears, and now at last it's possible to release it, properly re-mastered (by Bob Drake), its sound closer to the original tapes even than our earlier Nimbus vinyl pressing. Great songs, great arrangements, great performances...

“Slapp Happy meanwhile was planning its second record for Virgin. One night the trio showed up at the quartet's door and proposed that the two groups make the second Slapphappy LP together...Henry Cow jumped at the chance and Desperate Straights was the result. It's still a gem to my ears, and now at last it's possible to release it, properly re-mastered (by Bob Drake), its sound closer to the original tapes even than our earlier Nimbus vinyl pressing. Great songs, great arrangements, great performances...

Recorded at The Teatro Cilak, 1/23/1978, Milan Italy - Sun Ra: piano, organ, Moog, Crumar Mainman, vocals, John Gilmore: tenor sax, drums, vocals, Luqman Ali: drums, vocals, Michael Ray: trumpet, vocals, June Tyson: vocals...

Recorded at The Teatro Cilak, 1/23/1978, Milan, Italy.
Sun Ra: piano, organ, Moog, Crumar Mainman, vocals
John Gilmore: tenor sax, drums, vocals
Luqman Ali: drums, vocals
Michael Ray: trumpet, vocals

This is a particularly good and weird one, with Ra playing a keyboard that included a primitive electronic rhythm box; that's right - this is Sun Ra with 'beats'!

"In the winter of 1977-78, philosopher, pianist and bandleader Sun Ra was in Italy. The Italian tour..

"Originally released by Saturn in 1979, this is a studio recording by a large ensemble (including, unusually, electric guitar and bass). These are the first recordings of the titles included (though they were played live a few months earlier on German radio). Springtime Again is a floating, sonically open composition, with a distant sung ostinato, interestingly mixed. The door of the Cosmos, which features June Tyson, is a relaxed groove-driven piece in which electric piano, guitar and bass function as...

"Originally released by Saturn in 1979, this is a studio recording by a large ensemble (including, unusually, electric guitar and bass). These are the first recordings of the titles included (though they were played live a few months earlier on German radio). Springtime Again is a floating, sonically open composition, with a distant sung ostinato, interestingly mixed. The door of the Cosmos, which features June Tyson, is a relaxed groove-driven piece in which electric piano, guitar and bass function as...

"Another much sought after and long unavailable title recorded in 1974 with a smallish ensemble consisting (probably) of stalwarts Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Danny David, James Jacson, Akh Tal Ebah, Clifford Jarvis, Artakatune, and a new electric guitarist, Sly, and released on Saturn in the same year.
This sounds like a studio recording and carefully thought out - most of the compositions appear only on this record (apart from versions of Nature's God and Space is the Place), and include a chain...

Wild, raucous show from Ra's early 70s prime (as opposed to his many other primes) features him in full glory in front of a big crowd who obviously are having a great time and 'get it' and are feeding back the energy to the band that the band are giving..

Recorded live in 1984 at one of Sun Ra's many US concerts, this captures the Arkhestra in full big band mode, blowing up a storm that could probably be heard on Venus. This is a good, solid, representative mid 80's show with very good sonics (by Ra standards) by the Arkestra.

“This is a stunning late period Ra album. Beautiful space-chants and atonal keyboard freakouts plus a mix of Ellingtonian Ra-jazz as only the Arkestra could do it.
Maybe not the album to start with if you are unfamiliar..

"This is an extraordinary and important work, breathtaking in its apparent simplicity but raised on a lifetime of study, thought and contrariness. All 41 tracks are, in one way or another, built around transcriptions or recordings of the Australian pied butcherbird - mining every possible variation.
Each composition pairs a bird, or other environmental sounds, with one or several instruments: standard, soprano, bass and contrabass recorders, violin, vibraphone, bassoon, viola, flute, cello, bass...

This Heat were a UK trio who were probably the closest that we've come to the original, groundbreaking Faust albums - a band that understood & used the studio as an integral part of their sound. Unlike Faust, they were (a) a great live act & (b) much..

"Between “Blue & Yellow” and “Deceit” came the EP, “Health & Efficiency”. It bridges a gap between the mostly improvisational former, and the highly composed latter, showing great diversity in the band’s sound in general, as well as nicely documenting their two extreme directions.
The title track is This Heat’s single most high-energy piece ever, and is a tour de force of singing, ensemble playing and sound texture; It is propelled along by Charles Bullen’s signature guitar strumming & ratcheting...

"Between “Blue & Yellow” and “Deceit” came the EP, “Health & Efficiency”. It bridges a gap between the mostly improvisational former, and the highly composed latter, showing great diversity in the band’s sound in general, as well as nicely documenting their two extreme directions.
The title track is This Heat’s single most high-energy piece ever, and is a tour de force of singing, ensemble playing and sound texture; It is propelled along by Charles Bullen’s signature guitar strumming & ratcheting...

For my money, this is something of a dissapointment. The recorded sound is not particularly good and there were much better sounding documents to choose from. Why the band chose these particular recordings is beyond me...

Great sounding and spirited shows from the John Peel show. Recommended.

"This Heat’s earliest public recordings came from two sessions for John Peel’s BBC radio show, in April and October of 1977. Peel was one of their greatest enthusiasts at the time, hearing excellence in the band’s mixed repertoire of post-krautrock songs and uniquely approached improvisation. Of special merit here is the band’s maverick use of real-time tape loops to augment their basic three-piece sound, as well as their...

"Repeat is This Heat’s fourth album proper, posthumously released in 1993. It harbours the most extreme musical side of This Heat’s experimental tendencies on disc, and is assuredly the band’s most radical offering. The title track is an oxymoron: An extended/edited version of the piece “24 Track Loop”, which had been previously issued on the Recommended Records’ double lp sampler in 1981, heard here sans the harmonizer effect. The original tracks were produced by David Cunningham (Flying Lizards)...

This Heat's amazingly good first album, first released in 1979, and consisting of several years worth of creative and hard work, distilled down into 40-some minutes of gripping music. At a time when, except for punk, there wasn't much happening in creative music, This Heat showed that there was another path. Remastered by the group in 2005.

"This Heat, the band, emerged in early 1976 on the leading edge of what became the new wave, but they were always apart, more scary and more subtle....

"This is the first release in our new EDITION of a THOUSAND series.

A beautifully recorded and produced cycle of works that combine complexity and precision with rich and unfamiliar timbres. The ensemble pieces amplify and enrich a core piano...

"A suite of fiendishly complex compositions for mixed real and virtual resources. Bob Drake, Djorge Delibasic, Pegja Milosavljevic and Chris Cutler make appearances - playing electric guitar, bass, drums and virtuoso violin between them.."

? known to this audience for his work with The Science Group. The part below about sounding like all possible musics being stuck in a bag together sorta sums up my very confused feelings about this after only one listening. More time is de...

C[C lbum from the mid 80's by the musical chief behind The Science Group, this is a seven piece band led by Yugoslavian composer Stevan Tickmayer, it features the instrumentation of flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, cello & keyboar...

"Keystone works from the various streams of musique concrete, electronic music, soundscape, electroacoustics and plunderphonics - including two masterworks from Eastern Europe, a territory traditionally overlooked in collections of this medium.
This is the classic collection of Contemporary, Concrete, Tapeworked and Processed works - and an indispensable survey of a crucial field:
It comprises: John Oswald's 'Parade', a complex work drawn and extended from Satie's celebrated ballet composition...

Features over 70' of music by Robert Wyatt, David Thomas, Henry Kaiser, John Oswald, Jean Derome, Jocelyn Robert, Iva Bittova/Pavel Fajt, When, Musci/Venosta, James Grigsby, Bill Gilonis, Joseph Racaille, & many more. This is a really good collection; ...

All otherwise unavailable recordings by Thinking Plague, Biota, ZGA, Blitzoids, Les Sales Combles, Biota, N.O.R.M.A., John Oswald, David Myers/Arcane Device, Cornelius Cardew, and much more. [ReR]

Artists featured include Boris Kovac, Volapk, Giovanni Venosta, Keith Rowe + Alain De Fillips, Shelley Hirsch/Jon Rose/Chris Cutler, Thomas Dimuzio, Marie Goyette, Ken Ando (of 5uu's), Brian Woodbury, Philip Perkins, Steven Tickmayer & more. All titles...

The early 1980s seemingly weren't a great time for creative music. Punk had come, swept away all the old (both good and bad - they didn't care!) and had mostly self-destructed by then, leaving the generally less interesting 'new wave' and all its subsets, all of which seemed to be made to get people to dress up 'creatively' and go out, snort cocaine and dance ('punk disco', my wife called it then). While there *were* a few exciting signs if you knew where to look for it, for the most part the collision...

Jack was the bassist of Forever Einstein, & a monster player. This record of solo bass (with live mutliple overdubbing, due to the wonders of digital devices) features 3 rock chestnuts: I Want You (Shes So Heavy) by The Beatles, Manic Depression by Jim...

Bob Drake: drums, bass, backing vocals, tapes, viola
Susanne Lewis: vocals, guitar, viola, accordion, synths

Venus Handcuffs is an early, pre-Hail project by Bob Drake and Susanne Lewis, both of whom were working in Thinking Plague at the time they were also simultaneously doing this duo work.

"Referred to as "a cross between Throbbing Gristle and Nick Cave" during the band's lifetime, Venus Handcuffs got their start in the ranks of Colorado's most far-reaching band, Thinking...

One doesnt normally think of the tuba as a sexy, dark electronic instrument, fronting a megalithic industrial soundscape band. Here Michael Vogt, lead tuba player with the Berlin Symphony orchestra, seems to have done just that. One very childish trace...

Nice record by an instrumental trio of Lukas Simonis-guitar, Bob Drake-bass, Chris Cutler-drums, playing music very much in the vein of Forever Einstein, although a little less 'tricky', and closer to the roots of that style than Einstein. Nice! "VRIL ...

"After a break of six years, Chris Cutler, Bob Drake and Lukas Simonis, now with added ingredient Pierre Omer, present the second volume of recordings by the elusive VRIL - a band who revive and update both the great institution of the guitar...

Lauren Weinger's album Silo is drawn from the soundtrack of a large-scale installation project, Picture Powderhorn, which was 1st performed around the grain silos in Minneapolis, in August of 2000. Featuring aerialists covered in mics and recorders asc...

When Is Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Lars Pedersen. His music here is complex sound collages and dramatic narative (with words by Chris Cutler) mixed with music. This combines 40 minutes of new work with the 20' "Death In The Blue Lake".

This is a really good and completely unclassifiable Americana-based orchestral big-band work, with obvious nods to Van Dyke Parks (see below) and far beyond. I hope that some people pick this one up based on its worth, as I think this will be a tough s...

Woof was Tim Hodgkinson's label. This release is a pretty big deal, if only for the inclusion of the really, really great "I Do, I Do...I Don’t, I Don’t" EP by Tim and Bill Gilonis, which has been unavailable for over 20 years, was a miserable grotty pressing to begin with, and was Tim's very first post-Cow recordings and the roots of The Work. Not to mention the inclusion of Houdini, one of The Work's greatest...uh...works!

"This CD comprises all four 7” releases by the British underground....

Woof was Tim Hodgkinson's label. This release is a pretty big deal, if only for the inclusion of the really, really great "I Do, I Do...I Don’t, I Don’t" EP by Tim and Bill Gilonis, which has been unavailable for over 20 years, was a miserable grotty pressing to begin with, and was Tim's very first post-Cow recordings and the roots of The Work. Not to mention the inclusion of Houdini, one of The Work's greatest...uh...works!

"This CD comprises all four 7” releases by the British underground....

This is a really great album, although I didn’t appreciate it as much when it was first released, because I was a TOTAL fan of Slow Crimes by The Work, and only half that band appears here.
Having said that, as time has gone on, I’ve grown more and more to be aware of what a splendid performance is captured here AND ALSO to appreciate what a utterly slaying performance Chris gives on drums!
And now with the CD issue of this, Udi made what I always thought of a not very good live recording sound...

This is a really great album, although I didn’t appreciate it as much when it was first released, because I was a TOTAL fan of Slow Crimes by The Work, and only half that band appears here.
Having said that, as time has gone on, I’ve grown more and more to be aware of what a splendid performance is captured here AND ALSO to appreciate what a utterly slaying performance Chris gives on drums!
And now with the CD issue of this, Udi made what I always thought of a not very good live recording sound...

When Henry Cow fell apart in the summer of 1978, the main players in the band dispersed. Fred Frith left England to settle in NYC for a good number of years, getting involved the then just beginning to evolve 'downtown' sound, recording three excellent and high-profile albums for Ralph Records, forming first Massacre and then Skeleton Crew. Chris Cutler formed the Art Bears and also was an important member of Cassiber. Lindsay Cooper and Georgie Born did a lot of musical improvising and John Greaves had...

When Henry Cow fell apart in the summer of 1978, the main players in the band dispersed. Fred Frith left England to settle in NYC for a good number of years, getting involved the then just beginning to evolve 'downtown' sound, recording three excellent and high-profile albums for Ralph Records, forming first Massacre and then Skeleton Crew. Chris Cutler formed the Art Bears and also was an important member of Cassiber. Lindsay Cooper and Georgie Born did a lot of musical improvising and John Greaves had...