Harry Partch Vinyl, CD & tapes by Harry Partch at Norman Records
Similar to Harry Partch:
Terry Riley, John Cage, Meredith Monk, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Henry, Pauline Oliveros, Bernard Parmegiani, Anthony Braxton, Derek Bailey, Henry Flynt, Arnold Dreyblatt
Originally released in 1969 as part of Columbia’s Masterworks series, this album contains three pieces by one of the most idiosyncratic composers of the 20th century. Partch’s percussive, microtonal compositions, utilising outlandish custom-built instruments, display the influence of gamelan and Noh theatre. However this is very much American music, and the recitations of Barstow movingly captures the hobo lifestyle Partch sometimes experienced. The impact of this work is apparent in records by The Residents and Tom Waits, but still sounds unique and delightfully strange today.
To mark its 50th anniversary and the first full reissue for the record in those five decades, it was high time 'And On The Seventh Day Petals Fell In Petaluma' was re-pressed onto lovely crisp new 180-gram vinyl. Previously only excerpted, it's a rare instrumental record from Partch; his sparse and skeletal rhythms performed by Gate 5 Ensemble and captured in loving, beautiful, textured detail herein. On New World records, complete with full notes by Bob Gilmore and download card.