Presumably when Phillip Werren released Electronic Music that phrase hadn't quite become the mostly useless genre name it is now. Between 1967 and 1971 Werren recorded in Poland and Canada on one of the earliest modular Buchla's, creating unsettling and immersive musical experiments. There's also a bit of tape manipulation for good measure. Vital listening for fans of Xenakis, Stockhausen and the rest.
Vinyl LP box set £99.99 MFG62LP
4LP set on Manufactured Recordings. Edition of 500 copies in replica screen-printed box.
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Early electronic music, noise and drone fiends; smash open your piggy banks and make some room on the shelf for this freakin' incredible 4LP reissue of Phillip Werren's Electronic Music. Yeah, I hear ya... we're swamped with reissues these days - endless supposed holy grail archive releases, but this... THIS is something else!
Originally self-released in a measly edition of just 100 copies back in 1979, and high on wants lists of hardcore aficionados and collectors. A copy once sold for just over two grand and the only other OG, VG+ copy knocking about will cost you thirteen hundred quid. So yeah, it really NEEDED to be reissued and most importantly HEARD, because it really is astounding. Trust me, you will leave the planet piping this into yer skull. Okay, so you're perhaps wondering why you’ve not heard of this chap before. I wouldn’t say his work was underappreciated - it's more a case of availability being the issue. Even the 2CD reissue is hard to get hold of and this as far as I can tell is the only thing he ever put out. But like, when you debut with a four-LP set of this supreme quality, with electronic music recorded between 1967 and 1971, where do you go from there? It’s sorta mission accomplished really.
I can imagine a young Stephen Stapleton drooling over this - there’s lots of bizarro tape collage and voice and you can hear how Werren has been influenced by the occult and psychedelic movement of the 60’s. Basically, if you dig proper far out, truly experimental, visionary electronic music ala Conrad Schnitzler, Iannis Xenakis, Roland Kayn, Ákos Rózmann etc. then this will quite frankly tear you a new one. Highly recommended.
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