John Duncan Vinyl, CD & tapes by John Duncan at Norman Records
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John Duncan, for those not in the know, is a fellow traveller of the Los Angeles Free Music Society and a radical performance artist and sound-maker. Organic is his vanishingly rare debut album, recorded and self-released in 1979 and only now reissued. Two lengthy pieces of noise-texture experimentation, very captivating. Vinyl reissue from Etas-Unis.
- Vinyl LP (ETAT09)
- Limited edition
John Duncan’s 1984 release Riot still stands as a landmark in extreme music, sonic experimentation and music concrete. Even Duncan himself says that “[i]f there is any one must-have release that defines my work in sound, this is it.” Bringing together shortwave radio broadcasts with found sounds, field recordings and morse code transmissions, the work is a more abrasive manifestation of what Steve Reich and John Cale were doing at the same time. This release of Riot by iDEAL is more of a 2018 update, featuring as it does some re-recorded parts and material that didn’t make it onto the original release.
John Duncan is a sound and performance artist and he released Klaar back in 1991. This is its first vinyl reissue by Black Truffle. The electroacoustic compositions and challenging, sophisticated and ultimately enthralling as Duncan’s mix of field recordings, vocal experiments and radio abstractions are abrasive on the ear.
John Duncan has been enjoying subjecting familiar songs to his unique approach for a while now, and this 7” (a sort of addendum to his Bitter Earth LP) is no exception. A Pere Ubu B-side, a 60’s R&B tune, and Jules Styne’s ‘I Fall In Love Too Easily’ are all turned into eerie ambient micro-dramas that are super-compelling. 7” on iDEAL Recordings.
Bitter Earth is a remarkable album of cover versions (Iggy Pop, Nina Simone and various other interesting choices) performed by John Duncan and his cast of collaborators. He’s assembled quite an array of musicians: Jim O’Rourke, Smegma, CM Von Hausswolff, Oren Ambarchi… A real special LP, out on iDEAL Recordings.
John Duncan & Jim O'Rourke