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V.A. (VARIOUS ARTISTS) - SOURCE RECORDS 1-6. Music of the Avant Garde, 1968-1971

Format: 3 x CD
Label & Cat.Number: Pogus P21050-2
Release Year: 2009
Note: re-issue of six 10" records that were published by the "Music of the Avant Garde" journal from 1968-1971, with materal by ROBERT ASHLEY, DAVID BEHRMAN, ALVIN LUCIER, ANNEA LOCKWOOD, LARRY AUSTIN, ALLAN BRYANT, ARTHUR WOODBURY, MARK RIENER, STANLEY LUNETTA, LOWEL CROSS, ARRIGO LORA-TOTINO, ALVIN CURRAN. Comes with booklet w. extensive liner-notes & infos
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €33.00

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Absolut lohnenswerte Wiederverffentlichung von sechs 10" Vinylen die vor gefhlten Ewigkeiten (1968-1971) im Rahmen des "Music of the Avant Garde" Journals herauskamen. Enthlt z.T. echt wahnwitzige Stcke aus der "klassischen" nordamerikanischen Elektronik- Avantgarde, z.B. geht ROBERT ASHLEYs "The Wolfman" (1964) locker als ausschweifende Feedback-Elektro-Noise-Orgie als auch als etwas angegrauter "Industrial" durch, oder DAVID BEHRMANs "Wave Train" (1966) als rhrend-droniger Dark Ambient...
Man steht / sitzt / oder liegt mit offenen Mund vor diesen Pioniertaten der Geruschmusik, das alles wirkt so gar nicht angestrengt kopflastig oder intellektuell, sonder eher "direct into the face (ears)". Super!!

"..."Source: Music Of The Avant-Garde" was a magazine which included scores, articles, interviews, essays and music, placed on a 10" record. First released in 1967 and then semiannually until 1973, although the records were released until 1971. Some of these pieces on these records have turned to be true classics of our time. Here we have the first version of 'I Am Sitting In A Room' by Alvin Lucier, 'The Wolfman' by Robert Ashley and 'Wave Train' by David Behrman. Some other composers here are still the big shots of today, like Allan Bryant, Alvin Curran and Annea Lockwood, and some I must, perhaps shamefully, admit I never heard of, like Larry Austin (the founder of the magazine), Arthur Woodbary, Mark Riener, Lowell Cross (who has a great drone like piece), Stanley Lunetta (with a great noise based of electronics) and Arrigo Lora-Totino, who has a piece that uses just voices. Most pieces clock in at fifteen minutes, the length of a 10" side. All of the pieces deal with electronics in some way, along with real instruments. One could say that its a pity that the magazine, the printed words, aren't available, say as PDF's on the disc (or a website), but this is a lovely three CD set of some great music. Always nice to hear Lucier's piece again, even in this shorter version than on the CD by Lovely music, some interesting discoveries such as Larry Austin himself, Lunetta and Cross. A most needed re-issue." " [FdW / Vital Weekly]

"Source Records 1-6. Music of the Avant Garde, 1968-1971. The digital reissue of the Source LP's on 3 CDs :

CD One - Source Records 1 and 2
Robert Ashley, The Wolfman;
David Behrman, Wave Train;
Larry Austin, Accidents;
Allan Bryant, Pitch Out

CD Two - Source Records 3 and 4
Alvin Lucier, I am sitting in a room;
Arthur Woodbury, Velox;
Mark Riener, Phlegethon;
Larry Austin, Caritas;
Stanley Lunetta, moosack machine

CD Three - Source Records 5 and 6
Lowell Cross, Video II (B)/(C)/(L);
Arrigo Lora-Totino, english phonemes;
Alvin Curran, Magic Carpet;
Annea Lockwood, Tiger Balm

Pogus is extremely proud to reissue the recordings included in the seminal new music journal, Source: Music of the Avant Garde, Vols. 1-6, Issues 1-11, Source Records 1-6, 1967-1973. The original six ten-inch LP Source Records contained some of the most important experimental music of the nineteen-sixties to mid nineteen-seventies and they have now been reissued as a 3 CD set. Source ended publication in 1973, having published, since 1967, contemporary musical materials, scores, articles, interviews, photo essays and recordings over seven years, with up to 2000 subscribers to the semiannual journal: the subscribers avidly anticipated receiving two new and critically acclaimed issues each year during that period.

Most of the original tape masters for the records, after over forty years, have vanished or have seriously deteriorated; hence, we have carefully transferred, noise-reduced, and crackle-removed all the actual LP record tracks to the digital medium, then mastered to the compact disc format for this reissue: the result is an authentic recreation of the original LP, characteristic sound." [label info]