William Eggleston, now 77, is a regarded photographer, but here is another side to the Memphis man. Eggleston rediscovered a piano in his childhood home, igniting a passion. An '80s fascination with a Korg synth developed; a sequencer enabled him to make and improvise symphonies and Bach-ian organ cantatas. He produced 49 floppy discs -- 60 hours of music -- from which 13 tracks were culled, hence the making of Musik. LP / CD on Secretly Canadian.
7/10 Jamie Staff review, 17 October 2017
Here’s a curious offering -- a batch of electronic music dating back nearly four decades -- from the now septuagenarian photographer turned musician, William Eggleston. He developed a fascination with Korg synths, one model in particular in fact which he discovered to be capable of emulating the sound of nearly any acoustic musical instrument. There are bells, organs and brass sounds galore in this collection of thirteen tracks, culled from 60 hours of music on 49 floppy disks... Well old skool.
The sounds are certainly dramatic and clear as a bell -- from the hammering, reverberating array of chimes on the opening ‘Introduction’ to the Bach-ian organ cantatas on his many ‘Untitled Improvisation’ pieces on show here. ‘Improvisation’ is a big clue to where these tracks are going: fun with experimental noises, certainly. So old Will was a fan of big and bold music, and some of these sounds definitely aren’t for the faint-hearted. Track 5 is a little alarming with ringing bells, buzzing and bludgeoning strikes.
Elsewhere, on ‘Tit Willow’ (um, a Gilbert & Sullivan tune, apparently), his electronic keyboard mimics what would’ve been an impressive approximation of a guitar, at the time. ‘Untitled Improv / FD / 6.9’ has a nice bit of piano on it, showing Will’s keyboard chops. Interesting stuff, that’s ‘Musik’. CD or Double LP available, folks.
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