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ORGANUM - Volume Two

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Robot Records RR-18
Release Year: 2000
Note: unreleased material from 1985-1989
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €16.50
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Meticulously remastered for truly maximum fidelity, includes material primarily culled from the 'In Extremis' and 'Horii' sessions (12" titles originally released on L.A.Y.L.A.H., 1985/86). Track 1, 'Valley of Worms', includes the complete B-side (album version) of 'In Extremis' which features Jackman's collaborative work with The New Blockaders. This 20 minute piece is a massive eruption of relentless, burrowing atmospheres that are often disturbing as they are engaging. Track 2, 'Horii', is an alternate version (differing from the 12" release) which features Jackman's collaboration with Andrew Chalk. At over 12 minutes, this piece offers a very bizarre melange of sputtering bowed percussion, homemade woodwinds and voice. Track 3, 'Ich Reiste Weit Und Verweilte Fur Einigezeit In Tring', is a previously unreleased work from 1989 that capsules many of the (purely acoustic) compositional elements associated with the early L.A.Y.L.A.H. sessions. As with 'Volume One', these three dynamic compositions easily represent the raw beauty and intensity of the early Organum sound." - label description. 43 minutes. second pressing [label info]

"Fronted by the curmudgeonly Jackman (who previously worked with Cornelius Cardew's Scratch Orchestra, Nurse With Wound, and members of AMM), Organum has been an unwavering vehicle to compose unsettling drones out of the dynamic timbres of metallic scrapings. As heard on the first track "Valley Of Worms" - a collaboration with The New Blockaders - Organum's sound is a monstrous howl of dissonant acoustic noises, chugging Kawasaki motorcycle engines (!!!), and abrasive textural overlayering; yet upon the following tracks featuring noted Organum graduate Andrew Chalk), Jackman's symphonies of noise begin to harmonize into a eerily beautiful drone. Very highly recommended work!" [Aquarius Rec.]