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WERREN, PHILLIP - Electronic Music (1968-1971)

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Cast Exotic cat # 003
Release Year: 2006
Note: re-release of obscure (lim. 100) 4-LP Box from 1971! Very experimental early electronic music, incl. the great PHASES-Cycle (3 parts) based on W.B. YEATS "A Vision", plus music for dance-pieces and films
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Wiederverffentlichung einer extrem seltenen LP-Box dieses weitgehend unbekannten nordamerikanischen Elektronik-Pionieres!
Sehr experimentell, verstrend, gewagt, incl. der 3 PHASES basierend auf W.B. YEATS "A Vision".

Brand new reissue of a impossible to find early Canadian electronic 4 Lp box by composer Phillip Werren. Only 100 copies where ever pressed of his early electronic work. It was recorded at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), McGill University (Montreal) & Radio Warzawa (Poland). It was recorded between 1967 and 1971. The LP has heavy elements of tape collage, Modular Synthesis, voice, and experimental thought. Some of the pieces where conceived by psychedelic and occult influences. Much of the record was done with a Buchla System 100, the first of their modular synthesizers. Original cover artwork was created by local Vancouver Artist JAS Felter.
The Album was created for the most part at the height of the late 60's at Simon Fraser University. "1968 was a year of great upheaval: at SFU, Canada's Berkeley, 114 people were arrested for their part in the protest over the firing of the entire faculty of the Political Science and Anthropology department. Marcuse, Baba Ram Dass and others came to speak to us at peril to themselves; acid and mescaline abounded and apocalypse seemed to fairly shout out at us in the rarified atmosphere of Burnaby Mountain. The neo-fascist architecture of the university seemed to beg for anarchy and chaos and linear thought itself seemed doomed to extinction."
"The electronic music studio at SFU was at that time probably the most sophisticated studio in Canada. After working in studios at Columbia and Radio Warsaw, both of which were small and somewhat limiting, I found it impossible to continue composing with the Princetonian precision in which I had been schooled. The SFU studio contained the most recent synthesizer designed by Don Buchla. I only vaguely understood what "it" did and realized that I would have to put aside my rigid preconceptions of how one sound should follow another. The sequencer, a device which can generate a sequence of sound events in a more-or-less random pattern and at times seemed to have a life of its own, became for me a sort-of window through which I could see/hear a universe of sound I had never imagined possible. It was necessary for me to "step back" from these sequences of sound-events, to control them in some other way: through the mix of one sequence with another in time and space."
This album is a nugget of Canadian Psychedelic Avant-Garde history, up there with the early works of Bill Bissett, The Nihilist Spasm Band, and Intersystems. Also in line with early America works by Robert Ashley, Tod Dockstader, and Gordon Mumma. More currently, this would site nicely with a oddball release by Wolf Eyes, Double Leopards or Excepter. [label description & liner notes]