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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 of Edgard Varèse. Though Doyle was signed to U2’s short-lived Mother Records, it’s more useful to note his appearance on the Nurse With Wound list, and their label United Dairies.
- Vinyl LP (24CACKLP)
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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.
- Vinyl 7" (CACK4504)
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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 fascinating artefact of 1960s avant-garde music.
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 around the studio which eventually developed into the Groupe de Recherches Musicales de la R. T. F.. This release brings together essential works made by that loose collection of artists, who included Luc Ferrari and Michel Philippot.
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 futuristic. A historical artefact for vintage sonic journeys.
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 was a mega rarity, but luckily for us it's been repressed on vinyl LP by Cacophonic.
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 label.
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. On Cacophonic
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 a craftsperson’s approach to sound: fantastic stuff! Never commercially released before, this golden material is now available, via Cacophonic.
Pierre Henry’s influential score for the 1962 film Malefices - which starred Juliette Greco, no less - makes its way back to wax courtesy of Cacophonic. Henry was one of the first of the musique concrete crew to see the exciting ways in which the medium could cross-breed with other genres. His music here, part-Hammer Horror ghoulishness and part eerie avant experiments, is a good example of Henry seeing that potential realised.
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 first ever album of her own work as an artist, under the moniker of Kema. 10” on Cacophonic.
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), Gamian & His Oriental Music were more than due for a reissue. So here it is. Get your hands on that vintage sound!
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 Pierre Schaeffer to the utter genius that is Iannis Xenakis. Remastered reissued compilation on Cacophonic.
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 is a proper rarity of early electronic explorations and bold jazz playing.
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 to collide.
'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.
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 is found in performing vocals without lyrics, adding to the uneasy drone aesthetic that permeates 'Abnormal Sensations'. Described as "freak funk", this record is not to be missed for those who enjoy being freaked out by new genres.
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 probably too late for you anyway.