Mort Garson was a pioneer of electronic music in the 1960s and an early user of Robert Moog's synthesizer. 'Plantasia' released in 1976 added warmth to the previously darker and colder melodies of earlier electronic releases. By turn playful, surreal or sinister, this is a diverse collection of sounds from a true innovator.
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One of my favourite pieces of YouTube ephemera is Mort Garson's Plantasia, an album that has the sub-header "Warm earth music for plants...
and the people who love them". It's a marvellous, joyous collection of oddball, semi-orchestral pieces played on a Moog. It sounds like it's come from a different planet and seems to exist in a vacuum by itself.
In 1976, when Plantasia was released, the world was gearing up for the coming of punk with the release of the Ramones debut LP and huge artists like Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones were releasing huge albums. Mort Garson meanwhile, was making music for plants to listen to. This music was later released on vinyl and only available if you bought a houseplant from Mother Earth in LA or a specific type of mattress from Sears. There's something heartening to think of this little album being released to such a restricted amount of people, almost under the nose of huge artists who were lumbering on with world-conquering records.
Sonically, this record is a marvel. Although it's one of the first dedicated works of electronica, it still sounds warm and comforting. You can just make out Garson hunched over his Moog, twiddling knobs and obsessing over arpeggiators. The album's highpoint is opener and titular track 'Plantasia' which is a song that has never failed to elicit a bewitched grin from anyone I've played it to. As with all great songs, it sounds at once familiar and alien. Without wanting to get any more mawkish, I'll just say that Plantasia is as close essential listening as it gets. Guy De Maupassant wrote that one should "do something in the form that suits you best according to your own temperament" and for a man called Mort Garson somewhere in California in the 70s, Plantasia is that something.
10/10 arthur sanchez 22nd March 2016
Do you love plants? Because Mort Garson does, and he's doing pretty well with this LP. He made my cactus grow up significantly. This album may be old but still brings fresh whisper around when you play it, with its wonderful synthesizer making sounds coming directly from Gaya's heart, Queen of Nature. It made me flight and feel a lot warmed up, and all i can do is telling you to get that (f word) album which you won't regret for sure ! It's like an UFO flying above the world of music, making his own trajectory through time and love since the very early times of electronic music.
(btw the vinyl on itself is colourful, and that makes a huge difference ;))
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