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V.A. (VARIOUS ARTISTS) - Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music Vol. 2

Format: 3 x LP
Label & Cat.Number: SUB ROSA SRV200
Release Year: 2010
Note: lim. vinyl-version of the second Volume! Spanning from 1936-2003 with major & previosly unreleased works by VLADIMIR USSACHEVSKY + OTTO LUENING, LUC FERRARI, TOD DOCKSTADER, JOHANNA M.BEYER, MORTON SUBOTNICK, KIM CASCONE, SPK, AUTECHRE, ARCANE DEVICE, SUN RA, LAIBACH, etc.etc. + extensive liner-notes; lim. 1000 copies gatefoldcover
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"slow explorations of the past and the present
Given the present system of production there are reasons, some of them identifiable,
why only a few names emerge in each period. There may also be a preference for
concentrating information rather than letting it pile up in disordered fashion. Over
the past 40 years the same ten electronic music composers get mentioned again and
again (including in music dictionaries and histories). Yet behind them are many other
names. Who are they? Second-raters? Not necessarily. For we then need to define
the concept of top-rate (rated by who, and on what criteria?) and second-rate or minor
artist. Great pleasure can be derived from the works of minor artists. The case of
Tod Dockstader is instructive: when "for lack of academic qualifications" he was
denied access to the electronic music facilities he needed, was there not great beauty
in the pieces he nevertheless created and in his determination to make music without
those facilities? His name was never seen on the labels of top record companies.
But he influenced quite a few people - Richard James quoted him, and others then
referred to his work. Some of his records were reissued, and what one could call
the rehabilitation process continues. The same applies to many other composers.
All such stories spell a passion for music, and weave myth.

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historical axes
At the turn of the century there were efforts to find new sources of sound - a number
of machines were exhibited, including Thaddeus Cahiel's Telharmonium in 1887 and the
Dynamophone presented to the New York public in 1906; they generally played well-known
romantic or post-romantic pieces. After a few flamboyant skirmishes described in the
previous volume, the postwar period saw the arrival in 1951, of Wladimir Ussachevsky
and Otto Luening in New York's Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center.

When audiences of the 50's and 60's first heard Varse, Pousseur, Stockhausen, Berio,
Ussachevsky, Yuasa, Dockstader and Mumma, what did they feel? Perhaps a sort of break,
an epistemological break, like it must have been for the first audience of Monteverdi's
Orfeo (in Mantua, Italy on 24 February 1607). They left the auditorium completely stunned,
because they had never heard anything like it.



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tracklisting 3 x vinyl LP


side A
01 Wladimir Ussachevsky + Otto Luening / Incantation for Tape / 1953 / 2:35
02 Luc Ferrari / Visage V / 1958-59 / 10:33
03 Tod Dockstader / Aerial > Song / 2002 / 12:56


side B
04 Johanna M. Beyer / Music of the Spheres / 1938 / 5:59
05 Morton Subotnick / Mandolin / 1962 / 7:02
06 Daphne Oram / Four Aspects / 1960 / 8:05

side C
07 Alan R. Splet / Space Travel w/ Changing Choral Textures / 1983 / 4:02
08 Robin Rimbaud / Scanner / Emily / 2003 / 4:46
09 Hugh Davies / Quintet / 1967-68 / 12:05
10 Kim Cascone / Zephirum Scan / 2002 / 4:58

side D
11 Meira Asher / Torture/Bodyparts / 2001 / 03'40
12 Lasse Steen / Choose / Purzuit ov Noize / 1994 / 5 :36
13 Woody McBride / Pulp / 1993 / 6:07
14 SPK / Slogun / 1979 / 6:20

side E
15 Yoshihiro Hanno / On-Off Edit / 2001/ 9 :12
16 Autechre / Bronchus One.1 / 1991 / 6:01
17 Arcane Devices / Lathe / 1988 / 5:54

side F
18 Sun Ra / Imagination / 1965 / 2:04
19 Captain Beefheart / She's too much for my miror-My human gets me blues / 1969 / 5:32
20 Laibach / Industrial Ambients / 1980-82 / 9:54
21 Percy Grainger / Free Music #1 (for four theremins) / 1936 / 1:22" [press release]

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