Wednesday, August 26, 2020

exasperated frog at the poltergeist party

(via Dave Segal)

from a library record he made several years prior to Oxygene etc

great titles!

Monday, August 24, 2020

silver machines

instead of Stacia, these versions would be accompanied by burlesque ladies with nipple tassels a-twirling

Hawkwind have a new book about them just out by Joe Banks -  looks excellent

Here's a piece by Joe at the Quietus where he runs through 10 key tracks that supply ten reasons why Hawkwind matter

Here's an interview with the author at Echoes and Dust

Saturday, August 15, 2020

classical kitsch

The elder brother of one my friends had this album, its contents are all too familiar to me

It was pretty ubiquitous for a moment there in the British late '70s, now completely forgotten (even more so than Sky)

"The music was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and performed by his younger brother, the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.  The Lloyd Webber brothers were always very close but their two different careers (a rock musical composer and a classical cellist) meant that a collaboration seemed unlikely. It was not until Julian beat his brother in a bet on a Leyton Orient football match that Andrew was forced to write his cello work. As his subject, Andrew chose the theme of Paganini's 24th caprice and added 23 variations for cello and rock band. The work premiered at the 1977 Sydmonton Festival with rock band Colosseum II, featuring Gary Moore, Jon Hiseman and Don Airey being joined by Barbara Thompson (sax, flute), Rod Argent (piano, synthesizer, keyboards) and Julian Lloyd Webber (cello). It was subsequently rearranged and recorded in 1978. It reached Number 2 on the UK album charts" - Wiki

The theme ended up as the perennial intro to the South Bank Show, its perfect home really

because when SBS deal with rock, it had an unerring instinct for finding the upper-middlebrow - Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, that sort of artist (did they do Kate Bush? Must have done, eventually).

one exception would be the episode they did on Rough Trade at the peakprime of postpunk

but generally yeah

rock that exhibited intelligence, craft, seriousness... a colour supplement idea of artistry

not knocking it particularly

much of my favorite stuff ends up upper-middlebrow, by acclamation and audience if not intent

Variations though i would categorise as lower-middlebrow - a vulgar attempt to 1/ "elevate" rock 2/ loosen up classical, jettison the bow-tie, help it "get down" a bit

transparent pretensions, laughably falling short of everything either kind of music validly offers

for all that, enjoyable!

mouth music

"Here we have another sound-poetry compilation that was assembled by the Italian sound-poet and artist Enzo Minarelli. He created a series of these compilations that were each dedicated to the exchange of sound-poetry between Italy and other countries and their languages. Spagna - Messico - Italia was the second record in this series and focused on neo-latin roots in modern sounds combining elements and intersections of the Italian and Spanish language through sound-poetry and music.

Although the compilation was published in 1988, the pieces come from different periods. The oldest piece, composed by Mexican poet and actor Guillermo Villegas, is from 1974 while other pieces are from around 1988. It's remarkable that some pieces have a more theatrical aspect and that others have a more musical approach resembling home-taping sounds from the 80's. An artist like Luca Miti on this compilation can be seen as a bridge between those worlds as he also made cassettes.

One of the highlights on this compilation is a piece by Mexican artist Laura Elenes who composed a computerized poem that translates itself into repetitive Casio patterns based on color schemes. Not only can it be seen as an example of sound-poetry, but also as an important piece of Mexican electronic music. The last piece on this compilation is done by Minarelli himself where he creates an intense poem based on different patterns with the words of the four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter) and other associative words.

"The method of sound poetry, apart from the single, specific characters, can associate acts of research, I dare say international, towards the exploitation of voice and oral word, which are the true protagonists in the poetical progress at the end of this century. The geographical distances are put at zero, as each author, feeling the weariness and strain of the written poetry, composes his own phonic style by similar co-ordinates (orality, musical involvement, signifying rumour, electronics), with different outputs due to different levels of probing and sensitiveness, but belonging to the same effort of getting over the written page for a pure sonority." - Enzo Minarelli, 4th of April 1988, Cento, Italy

via Archaic Inventions

Friday, August 7, 2020

green and groovy

the Sugarloaf got to #3 in Billboard would you believe...  Baker boys just outside the top 20

Thursday, August 6, 2020