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Roger Doyle
Oizzo No

The Irish composer’s ultra-rare 1975 debut is a wonderland of head-spinning tape collage, densely dissonant strings, and woozily detuned pianos, where uilleann pipes meet the avant garde. There’s a strong Uncle Meat-era Mothers of Invention flavour in the copious tape-speed manipulation, tricksy melodies and echoes o...view item »

John Robinson Pierce
Music From Mathematics

At some point, robots are going to take over the earth. Maybe it has already happened and we can’t even tell. Those that will be spared are those that have declared their love for all things robotic so you should buy this 1960s foray into computer generated music by John Robinson Pierce and start swatting up. On vinyl....view item »
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Otto Luening & Vladimir Ussachevsky
Tape Recorder Music

Here’s a truly fascinating curio from all the way back in 1952, which is almost certainly before you were born. If I was born in 1952 then on my actual birthday I’d be older than I am now. Anyway, here’s a fascinating LP of tape recorder experiments from back then, some of which sound futuristic even now. As you’d...view item »

Jean Dubuffet
Expériences Musicales De Jean Dubuffet

Reissue of Jean Dubuffet's legendary Expériences Musicales. The original can cost upwards of €5000 so at £15.49 this is an absolute steal! Dubuffet founded Art Brut (not the band), a movement which he saw as raw emotional expression. His music is definitely raw, noisy and cacophonous. A fa...view item »

Musique Expérimentale

Finders Keepers bring yet another vital moment of the 20th Century French leftfield to wax with this release of early electroacoustic music and music concrete. After Pierre Schaeffer secured the keys to one of Europe’s first purpose-built electroacoustic studios in 1951, a community began to incubate aroun...view item »

Les Nouvelles Structures Sonores

Names that occupy a similar space to Jean Jacques Perry, Mort Garson and indeed Delia Derbyshire, the Lasry-Bachet group were known for their early experiments in music and sound, linking high forms of artistic expression with a melodiousness that at the time would be called fut...view item »

Francois Tusques With Barney Wilen
Le Nouveau Jazz

An apprehensive black pudding comes from Francois Tusques With Barney Wilen. Le Nouveau was initially released when the Europeans were getting their teeth into the improvised avant-garde free jazz scene. This is densely packed with ideas and themes, all pretty dark. Think Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler on Halloween. This...view item »

Don Cherry
Music, Wisdom, Love

Here’s a remarkable document of a Don Cherry residency in Paris 1967, unreleased and unheard for fifty years! Music, Wisdom, Love is an exciting slice of the Don Cherry puzzle, adding yet more insight into one of the most eclectic and intriguing figures in free jazz. LP release on the Cacophonic l...view item »

Francois Tusques
Free Jazz

Recorded in 1965, when this thing called free jazz was really starting to pick up steam around the world, Francois Tusques’ album Free Jazz brings together the finest French players for a fiercely cool session. This first-time vinyl reissue includes two bonus outtakes, as well as a replica of the original booklet....view item »

Daniela Casa
Arte Moderna

Daniela Casa’s Arte Moderna is a particularly fascinating and unusual set of sounds, even by the high standards set by 1970s Italian library music in general. A number of these pieces are proper cutting-edge electroacoustics, with an astonishing attention to detail and ...view item »

Pierre Henry

Max Mathews
Music From Mathematics

They’ll reissue any old shit these days but this is fairly interesting. There are two 7”s on Cacophonic both featuring the first computer generated music created at Bell Laboratories way back in the early 60’s. This one features the work of Max Mathews and includes his haunting version of ‘Bicycle Made For Two’ whic...view item »
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Alle Sorgenti Delle Civiltà

The world of Italian library music and film composition is already fairly obscure territory, but Giuilia De Muittis is even less well known than the area’s ‘big names’, no doubt due to the inbuilt sexism of 70’s Italy. She played on many releases, but Alle Sorgenti Delle Civiltá is the fir...view item »

Ganimian & His Oriental Music
Come With Me To The Casbah

Come With Me To The Casbah is the only publicly released full-length album by Charles ‘Chick’ Ganimian, the Armenian-American oud-player. That’s a kind of Middle-Eastern lute, which you knew already of course. For their fusion between traditional music with contemporary sounds (from 1958, that is), ...view item »

Musique Concrète

The material on this record is crucial to an understanding of the development of 20th Century (and beyond!) music, and it also makes for pretty wild fun listening! The major early developers of Musique Concrete are all assembled, from Luc Ferrari to ...view item »

Don Cherry & Jon Appleton
Don / Jon

Properly 'out there' free-jazz and synthesizer shenanigans from avant-garde legend Don Cherry and Synclavier synth boffin Jon Appleton. This vinyl 7" is the only time this material has ever been pressed and is actually the supremely radical outtakes from the Human Music album. Don/Jon...view item »
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Francois Tusques & Don Cherry
La Maison Fille Du Soleil

Considered one of the great lost jazz classics, 'La Maison Fille Du Soleil' is a collaboration between avant-garde pianist François Tusques and the proficient trumpeter Don Cherry. Together, they helped get the foundations of free jazz going, making an improvised piece that brought together American and French disciplines, which had yet t...view item »
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Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublik

'Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublik' offers scuzzy and mysterious ramblings from Felix Kubin inc. This time around he's gone out of his way to curate a compilation of speculatively DIY, amateurish and home-made recordings from Germany in the 1980s. This one's calling out for fans of mangled krautrock. ...view item »
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Braen Raskovich
Abnormal Sensations

This full length is the work of a trio of musicians, known by their aliases of Raskovich, Braen and Kema. They banded together back in 1973 to create 'Abnormal Sensations', a record that unitl now has been lost. The record fuses together avant-garde sounds resembling funk that's been abstracted and taken out of context. Kema's contribution ...view item »

Lucien Goethals
Lucien Goethals

Compiling Belgian Composer Lucien Goethals' solo magneto-phonic material, Finders Keepers do it again with this gorgeous and esoteric LP. Magneto-phone experimentation basically refers to early tape manipulation, here specifically of cello and clarinet pieces. If that deranged technique doesn’t sound exciting it’s pr...view item »
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Martial Solal joue Michel Magne

Here's a pretty historic reissue from Finders Keepers' baby sister Cacophonic, significant not only because it is Jean-Claude Vannier's first full-length commission as album arranger, but also because of the two headlining names on show, legendary French jazz pianist Martial Solal and experimental compos...view item »
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Danse Sacrale

Sadly I have reached the point in the week where I must rush out my reviews in order to get them done in time for the weekly update, so I don't get to spend as much time with this 'Danse Sacrale' compilation as I would like. It collects together 14 early avant-garde and electronic compositions for ballet and modern dance by the likes of ...view item »
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Instruments Non-Électroniques

Well, here’s a fascinating record! Cacophonic is of course Finders Keepers’ weirder little sister and here they’ve been up to their usual avant-cratedigging antics, compiling this series of recordings by Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet which originally appeared over five singles in the late ‘50s (and one in ‘62). W...view item »
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Francois Tusques
La Reine Des Vampires 1967

Finders Keepers offshoot Cacophonic have something highly rare and unusual for us this week; an unreleased session from '60s France which was part of a collaboration between two of the era's counter-culture mavericks, free jazzer Francois Tusques and avant-garde horror director Jean Rollin. On the first side, we have the music for Rollin...view item »
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Henk Badings

The Krzysztof Komeda Trio
Knife In The Water

Here’s something a bit special. This 7” of classic Polish jazz contains Krzysztof Komeda’s four themes from Roman Polanski’s debut feature film ‘The Knife In The Water’ - the two would later work together on ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac&r...view item »

Mr. Ondioline
Mr. Ondioline

I'd never heard of Jean-Jacques Perrey before but a quick search online shows that this 7" has been shifting for over £100 and has crate diggers flicking through records searching quicker than Sue Baker through a thesaurus looking for another superlative to describe Andy Murray. Jumping into the world of the 'sinister masked electr...view item »
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Karel Goeyvaerts
Karel Goeyvaerts

Finders Keepers’ experimental offshoot Cacophonic have unearthed some rare recordings from Karel Goeyvaerts, whose work I’m not familiar with but who was a contemporary of (and influence on) Karlheinz Stock...view item »
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