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Österreichische Musik Der Gegenwart Elektronische Musik 3 - Tape Music-- Klaus Ager: Immer Klingen Die Weissen Mauern Der Stadt (1988) / Patricia Jünger: Über Allen Wipfeln Ist Ruh (1984) / Gottfried Martin: Sternengesänge I (1987) / Peter A. Egger: Z.A.K.O. 6 Teil 2 (1986)
1988
Austria
Amadeo 427 041-1
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Mega rare 3rd and final volume in this great series of Austrian experimental electronic music, this one showcasing obscure contemporary composers works from the mid 80s, coming from academia but showing the influence of the industrial/noise/Kraut scenes of the time.
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The Dartmouth Digital Synthesizer-- Jon Appleton: Georganna's Farewell / Lars-Gunnar Bodin: Bilder / Russell Pinkston: Emergence / William Brunson: Tapestry I
1976
USA
Folkways FTS 33442
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Amazing unopened copy of this collection of experimental electronic music made on Dartmouth University's custom digital synthesizer built by composer Appleton along with engineers Sydney Alonso and Cameron Jones, a precursor to the Synclavier synth which the same team would go on to commercialize a few years later. The notes tout the synth's unique "ability to create, by digital means alone, time-variant timbres which make all natural sounds interesting to our ears." Highly recommended electronic rarity.
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Edward Artemiev + Yuri Bogdanov + Vladimir Martynov: Metamorphoses - Electronic Interpretations Of Classic And Modern Musical Works-- Artemiev + Bogdanov: Motion / Martynov: Spring Etude; Morning in the Mountains / Debussy: Le vent dans la plaine; Canope; Voiles / Monteverdi: lo mi son giovinette / J. Bull: Why Aske You? / Prokofiev: Sarcasms / Bach: Goldberg Variations Nos.5 and 8 / Anon.: Summer Cannon
1980
USSR
Melodiya C 10-13889-90
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Terrific electronic experimental and classical music arranged for and performed entirely on the mythic EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer in Soviet Russia, released in 1980 but recorded in the early 70s. Works include original avant garde compositions by Artemiev, Bogdanov, and Martynov as well as spacey electronic rearrangements of the older classical pieces.
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Authentic Sound Effects Volume 9
1964
USA
Elektra EKS-7259
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Some nice field recordings including lumber yard, bottling plant, airport terminal, hospital waiting room, helicopters, guns, etc.
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Muziek in de aula van Teylers Museum [music in the auditorium of Teylers Museum]-- Henk Badings: Uit "Reeks Kleine Klankstukken" (1954 for 31-tone Fokker Organ in selected tone systems); Sonata III for 2 violins in the 31-tone system (1967) / Anton de Beer: Instructive Sonatina (1964 for 31-tone Fokker Organ) / Hans Kox: Serenade for 2 violins in the 31-tone system (1968) / Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Paduana Lachrimae (16?? for organ in aeolian tuning system) / Giovanni Battista Vitali: Sonata a tre op.2 nr.6 (1667 for 2 violins and bass accompaniment)
1970
Netherlands
Stichting Huijgens-Fokker RC 227
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Ultra rare lp issued by the Huygens-Fokker Foundation Center for Microtonal Music and featuring an amazing unusual instrument, the one-of-a-kind Fokker Organ (built in 1950 by physicist Adriaan Fokker, student of Albert Einstein), which divides the octave into a scale of 31 tones and allows the creation of custom microtonal scales. These beautiful alien experimental works in non-traditional tuning systems were recorded at the Teylers Museum in Haarlem with Anton de Beer on Fokker Organ, and violinists Bouw Lemkes and Jeanne Vos.
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Ernest Bloch: Sinfonia Breve (1952) / Wayne Peterson: Free Variations For Orchestra (1958)
1962
USA
Mercury Living Presence MG 50288
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With Antal Dorati conducting the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Cover art by the concrete art/De Stijl painter Fritz Glarner.
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Alvin Brehm: Metamorphy (1979 for piano) / Richard Kapp: Kleine Welten (1964 for piano)
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USA
Serenus SRS 12099
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With pianists Dwight Peltzer and Morton Estrin.
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John Cage + Lejaren Hiller: HPSCHD (1969 for Harsichords and 51 computer-generated sound tapes) / Ben Johnston: String Quartet No.2 (1964)
1971
USA
Nonesuch H-71224
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Stunning collaboration between Cage and Hiller, a dense and noisy piece pairing David Tudor on harpsichord with 51 tracks of electronics, originally conceived as a multimedia performance/'happening' at the University of Illinois. Included with the album is the numbered insert entitled "Program (KNOBS) Output Sheet for the Listener," an ancient computer printout with instructions from Cage and Hiller on how to adjust amplification and equalization settings to remix the recording on the fly, essentially an experimental score that uses the HPSCHD record as source material. Each printout produced has unique randomly generated parameters and is a one-of-a-kind art object. Johnston's beautiful microtonal piece on side 2 is played by the Composer's Quartet and uses a 53-tone just intonation scale.
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Electronic Music-- John Cage: Fontana Mix (1958 for magnetic tape) / Luciano Berio: Visage (1961 for magnetic tape) / Ilhan Mimaroglu: Agony- Visual Study No. 4 after Arshile Gorky (1965 for magnetic tape)
1967
USA
Turnabout TV 34046S
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The most important volume in Turnabout's Electronic Music series, with 3 essential early electronic works. Cage realized this version of Fontana Mix at the Milan Studio di Fonologia; the Berio work was also composed at the Studio di Fonologia and uses electronic sounds and tape-manipulated recordings of the voice of his wife, Cathy Berberian; Mimaroglu's piece was realized at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and is sourced from oscillators, generators, and filters.
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John Cage with David Tudor presents Variations IV [Volume I] (1964)
1968
USA
Everest 3132
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Brilliant 1964 live electronic performance given at an L.A. art gallery, a realtime sound collage of radio and tv samples, pre-recorded found sounds, and live recordings from microphones placed around and outside of the gallery. This pioneering open-ended conceptual work results in a live, chance-derived noise music.
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Walter [Wendy] Carlos: Switched-On Bach II
1973
USA
Columbia Masterworks KM 32659
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Sequel to the classic Switched-On Bach, with beautiful Moog arrangements of classical pieces. Notes by Robert Moog.
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Elliott Carter: Eight Etudes And A Fantasy For Woodwind Quartet (1950); Woodwind Quintet (1948) / Hans Werner Henze: Quintett (1952)
1969
USA
Candide CE 31016
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Nicolas De Staël art cover. Performed by the Dorian Quintet
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Circus Carnival Calliope
1961
USA
Audio Fidelity AFLP 1958
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"A study in high fidelity sound" with audiophile recordings of one-of-a-kind 19th century steam-driven mechanical organs.
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Luigi Dallapiccola: Divertimento In Quattro Esercizi (1934 for chamber ensemble and soprano); Rencesvals (1946 for piano and tenor); Quattro Liriche Di Antonio Machado (1948 for piano and soprano); Cinque Canti (1956 for chamber ensemble and tenor)
1979
USA
1750 Arch S-1782
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Avant serialist works featuring experimental vocalist and 1750 Arch label head Thomas Buckner, soprano Anna Carol Dudley, pianist Marvin Tartak, and Robert Hughes conducting the Arch Ensemble.
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Spectrum New American Music, Volume III-- Jacob Druckman: Incenters (1968 for chamber ensemble) / Joseph Schwantner: Diaphonia intervallum (1966 for chamber ensemble) / John Harbison: Confinement (1956 for chamber ensemble)
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USA
Nonesuch H-71221
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With the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble under Arthur Weisberg featuring Paul Zukofsky, violin, Victor Morosco, saxophone, Raymond Desroches, percussion, and Gilbert Kalish, piano.
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The Electronic Concept Orchestra: Moog Groove - The First Album Of Electronic Rock
1969
USA
Limelight LS-86070
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Moogsploitation early electronic pop with a hilarious cheesecake cover that tries to make the Moog look sexy, featuring instrumental synth-based covers of Galt MacDermot, The Beatles (x2), Joni Mitchell, Michel Legrand, Donovan, Joe Cocker, and others. "After more than 15 years of development and experimentation mostly in abstract avant-garde serious music, electronic music has finally been applied to songs that really set a groove..."
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Donald Erb: Music For Instruments and Electronic Sounds-- Reconnaissance (1967 for Moog synthesizers and instrumental ensemble); In No Strange Land (1968 for electronic sounds, trombone, double-bass)
1969
USA
Nonesuch H-71223
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Cheap copy of this lp of avant electronic compositions making early experimental use of Moog equipment. Reconnaissance is one of the first ever chamber works for live synthesizer and acoustic instruments, using a Moog Synthesizer and a Moog Polyphonic Instrument engineered by Paul Beaver and Bernard Krause. In No Strange Land features the brilliant playing of bassist Bertram Turetzky and trombonist Stuart Dempster accompanied by electronics realized at the studios of the Robert A. Moog Company.
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Ferrante and Teicher: Blast Off!
1958
USA
ABC-Paramount ABC-285
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Original mono issue of this innovative experimental pop made entirely on electronically processed prepared pianos, with an awesome space age cover. The duo used techniques derived from avant classical to treat their piano strings with found objects like rubber, wood, metal, and wads of paper, creating a strange spaced-out lounge pop, a forerunner of the Moogsploitation synth-noodling that would follow a decade later.
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First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival
1979
USA
Creative Computing CR101
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Private issue by Creative Computing Magazine to document this 1978 festival, with selections showcasing some obscure synthesizers like the RCA COSMAC, ALF, NOTRAN, Software Technology, Newtech, Solid State, and Schertz computer music systems, playing a strangely eclectic mix of pop and classical tracks by the Beatles, Scott Joplin, J.S.Bach, Rimsky-korsakov (played backwards!), Neil Diamond, Pachelbel, Johann Wanhal, and others, using mostly early video game-like sounds. There's also an archival track by D.H. Van Lenten of Bell Laboratories, 'Synthesized Computer Speech Demonstration,' an excerpt from the Computer Speech ep originally issued in small numbers by Bell Labs in 1963.
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Bill Fontana: Sounds Of The Bay Area
1983
USA
KQED-FM FM88.5-2
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Ultra rare private press of hypnotic sound works by this installation artist and field recordist, commissioned by San Francisco's public radio station, based on site-specific field recordings and precise microphone placements around the city contrasting natural and mechanical sounds. Tracks include "Resonating Exhaust Ducts At The PG&E Power Plant", "An Expansion Joint On The Golden Gate Bridge", "Dawn In The Cliffs Above The Entrance To Bodega Bay", "Sea Lions In Monterey Harbor" etc.
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Philip Glass: Music in Twelve Parts, Parts 1 & 2 (1974 for organs, saxophones, flutes, and voice)
1974
Italy
Caroline ORL 8049
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Glass' first major label recording, with fantastic early minimalism featuring Glass on electric organ plus Joan La Barbara, Jon Gibson, and Michael Reisman among others. Notable also for its cover designed by minimalist/conceptual artist and sculptor Sol Lewitt, for which this lp is listed in the Broken Music catalog of artists records.
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Bruce Haack: Electric Lucifer Book II (In which Lucifer Tempts Jesus of Nazareth) (1971)
2014
Canada
Telephone Explosion TER030
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Perfect unopened copy of the 2014 reissue of these amazing electronic tracks from 1979 featuring Haack's innovative custom built synths, drum machines, and vocoded vocals, only posthumously released originally in 2001. The sequel to his 1970 Columbia occult electronic psych classic The Electric Lucifer, Book II goes even darker and more cynical in tone (far from the electronic children's albums he is known for) in his unique style combining minimal synth, electro, kraut, prog, and funk, ahead of its time and sadly rejected by major labels in Haack's lifetime.
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Pierre Henry: Le Voyage (1963 for electronic tape)
1968
USA
Limelight LS 86049
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Pioneering classic of French musique concrete based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, contrasting earthly noises like car motors, speech, radio sounds, musical instruments, and breathing with atmospheric reverberating electronics.
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The Trumpet In Contemporary Chamber Settings-- Alan Hovhaness: Sonata For Trumpet & Organ mvt 1 / Verne Reynolds: Music For 5 Trumpets (1955) / Frank Campo: Duet For Equal Trumpets (1976) / Anthony Plog: Fanfare For 2 Trumpets / Leroy Southers: Three Spheres
1977
USA
Crystal S362
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With Anthony Plog and Russell Kidd, trumpets, Robert Henderson conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Trumpet Section, Ladd Thomas, organ, Ken Wolfson, bassoon, Sharon Davis, piano.
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American Brass Music-- Charles Ives: From the Steeples and the Mountains; Song for Harvest Season; Chromatimelodtune / Alvin Brehm: Quintet for Brass / Henry Brant: The Fourth Millennium / Peter Phillips: Music for Brass Quintet
1969
USA
Nonesuch H-71222
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With Anthony Plog and Russell Kidd, trumpets, Robert Henderson conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Trumpet Section, Ladd Thomas, organ, Ken Wolfson, bassoon, Sharon Davis, piano.
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Mauricio Kagel: Ludwig Van (1970 for electronics, pianos, violins, viola, cello, bass voice, baritone voice)
1970
Germany
Deutsche Grammophon 2530 014
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Kagel calls this fascinating work a "meta-collage", using atonally juxtaposed, rearranged and modified fragments of Beethoven's chamber music as source material for controlled improvisations, intentionally skirting the line between tribute/homage and irony/sarcasm; "Ludwig Van is a contribution by Beethoven to the music of our time". The composer performs in a 'sound direction' role using unusual mic placement techniques, minimal electronic filtering, and spatial/stereophonic mixing experiments. Features Frederic Rzewski and Bruno Canino on piano, Siegfried Palm on 'cello, Saschko Gawriloff and Egbert Ojstersek on violin, Gerard Ruymen on viola, and Carlos Feller and William Pearson on voice.
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Mel Kaiser: Science Fiction Sound Effects Record
1958
USA
Folkways Science Series FX 6250
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Cheap copy of this rarity with spacey ambiance derived from pre-synthesizer electronic sounds and tape manipulations, with a wonderful 50s mod space age cover. It seems Mel recorded a bunch of brief musique concrete compositions and extended drones, and then matched them up with track titles like "Sound of Approach of Missile or Creature," "Elevator Descending," "Space Ship Hatch: Opening or Closing," etc.; there are also more abstract atmospheric tracks like "Electronic Drone (Background)," "Drone with Variations," "Frequency Sweep: Dual," and much more. Works enjoyably cohesively as an extended suite of abstract early electronic compositions as well as a DJ tool.
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Andrew Kazdin & Thomas Z. Shepard: Everything You Always Wanted to Hear on the Moog (but were afraid to ask for)
1972
USA
Columbia Masterworks M 30383
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"A collection of orchestral showpieces performed entirely on the Moog Synthesizer, that awesome array of oscillators, filters, and amplifiers..." Densely multitracked Moog orchestrations of Spanish-influenced classical works including pieces by Chabrier, Lecuona, Bizet, and Ravel (his complete 'Bolero' takes up all of side 2), produced by a pair of Columbia engineers.
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Marcel Landowski: Concerto (1954 for ondes Martenot, string orchestra and percussion) / Jacques Bondon: Kaleidoscope (1957 for ondes Martenot, piano, and percussion)
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USA
Musical Heritage Society MHS 988
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Rare gem with 2 obscure mid-century avant garde works showcasing the ondes Martenot early electronic keyboard instrument, with Bondon conducting the Orchestre de chambre de musique contemporaine, and Jeanne Loriod as Martenot soloist.
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Gyorgy Ligeti: Aventures (1963 for 3 singers and 7 instrumentalists); Nouvelles Aventures (1965 for 3 singers and 7 instrumentalists); Volumina (1962 for organ, original version); Etude No.1 "Harmonies" (1967 for organ)
1975
USA
Candide CE 31009
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Great selection of Ligeti's post-war avant garde compositions. Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures involve experimental wordless vocals "freed from all restraints of coherence", performed by Ensemble Die Reihe conducted by Friedrich Cerha. The other 2 pieces are solo organ works performed by Gerd Zacher.
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Gyorgy Ligeti: Melodien (1971 for orchestra); Doppelkonzert (1972 for flute, oboe, and orchestra); Kammerkonzert (1970 for 13 instrumentalists)
1976
Germany
Decca Club Edition Orbis 38 459 4
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Audiophile recording of Ligeti's early 70s experimental compositions performed by Aurele Nicolet, flute, Heinz Holliger, oboe, and the London Sinfonietta under David Atherton. This is a high quality German "Club Edition" pressing of this album which was also released in the UK as part of Decca's renowned Headline series.
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Phil Manzanera: Impossible Guitars
1982
USA
Editions EG EGOX 2
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USA-only 12" 45rpm with electro prog tracks by Roxy Music's experimental guitarist.
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Lubomyr Melnyk: The Song Of Galadriel (1984 for piano in the continuous mode)
1985
Canada
Bandura BAN-19B84
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Rare original composer's private pressing of this minimalist work of endlessly cascading piano notes inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings (Galadriel being the sacred queen of the Elven-folk). Melnyk performs the piece using his Continuous Mode technique, in which he attains a meditative state and plays 39 notes per second (Melnyk actually holds the record for being the fastest piano player in the world). "Melnyk creates a symphony of sound that seems to swell organically out of the piano itself. One gradually forgets about the musician playing, one feels rather that a magic instrument is singing, of its own will, a melody of mysterious eloquence..."
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Olivier Messiaen: Fete Des Belles Eaux (1937 for 6 ondes Martenot) / Darius Milhaud: Suite (1932 for Martenot and piano) / Jacques Charpentier: Lalita (for Martenot and percussion)
196?
France
Erato STU 70102
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Rare lp showcasing the ondes Martenot, an early electronic keyboard instrument invented in 1928 and based on the Theremin but with additional sound-shaping controls giving it a unique proto-synthesizer sonority. The highlight is one of the first all-electronic compositions, Messiaen's stunning "Festival of Beautiful Waters" written for live performance on 6 ondes Martenot accompanied by an abstract light and water show. These recordings were made under the direction of primary Martenot soloist Jeanne Loriod, accompanied by Nelly Caron, Monique Matagne, Renee Recoussine, Karel Trow, and Henriette Chanforan on Martenot, John Philips on piano, and Didier Duclos on percussion.
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Olivier Messiaen: La Nativité Du Seigneur (1935 for organ)
1985
UK
London Enterprise 414 436-1
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Simon Preston, organ.
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Olivier Messiaen: L'Ascension (1934 for organ); Le Banquet Celeste (1926 for organ)
1973
France
La Voix De Son Maître C 061-12152
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With the composer performing.
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Olivier Messiaen: L'Ascension (1934 for organ) / César Franck: Choral No. 2 In B Minor; Pièce Héroïque
1963
UK
Argo ZRG 5339
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Simon Preston, organ.
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Olivier Messiaen: Les Corps Glorieux (1939 for organ)
1970
Germany
Schwann AMS Studio 509
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Almut Rössler, organ. Textured gatefold cover issue.
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Olivier Messiaen: Les Corps Glorieux (1939 for organ); Le Banquet Celeste (1928 for organ)
1970
UK
Argo ZRG 633
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Simon Preston, organ.
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Olivier Messiaen: Poemes pour mi (1937 for soprano and piano); Chantes De Terre Et De Ciel (1938 for soprano and piano)
1972
UK
Argo ZRG 699
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Robert Sherlaw Johnson, piano, Noelle Barker, soprano.
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Olivier Messiaen: Poemes pour mi (1937 for soprano and piano)
1964
France
Harmonia Mundi HMO 30.543
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With the composer on piano and Lise Arséguet, soprano.
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Electronic Music-- Ilhan Mimaroglu: Le Tombeau d'Edgar Poe (1964); Intermezzo (1964); Bowery Bum (1964) / Walter [Wendy] Carlos: Variations for Flute and Electronic Sound (1964); Dialogues for Piano and Two Loudspeakers (1963) / Andres Lewin-Richter: Study No.1 / Zvi Avni: Vocalise (1964 for voice and tape)
1966
USA
Turnabout TV 34004S
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1st volume in Turnabout's venerable early electronic series, with works produced at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center using "materials (of either purely electronic or non-electronic origin) recorded on tape... subjected to manipulation by tape speed variation, electronic filtering, several types of frequency modulation, artificial reverberation, etc..." The Wendy Carlos pieces represent her earliest and most avant garde works from before her Switched-On Bach fame. With notes by mentor Vladimir Ussachevsky.
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Luigi Nono: La Fabbrica illuminata (1964 for electronic sounds and solo voice); Ricorda cosa ti hanno fatto in Auschwitz (1965 for electronic sounds and solo voices); Ha venido, Canciones para Silvia (1960 for solo soprano and six chorus sopranos)
196?
Germany
Wergo Studio Reihe Neuer Musik WER 60038
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Stunning electronic-avant-vocal pieces realized in collaboration with Marino Zuccheri, mixing the source voices through such fantastically immense walls of early electronic noise and musique concrete that it becomes impossible to discern between the two. With notes by composer Konrad Boehmer. Performers include Schola Cantorum Stuttgart, Coro Da Camera Della RAI, Barbara Miller, Carla Henius, Stefania Woytowitz, and conductors Clytus Gottwald and Giulio Bertola.
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Luigi Nono: Como Una Ola De Fuerza Y Luz (1972 for soprano, piano, orchestra, tape, and live electronics); Y Entonces Comprendio (1970 for 6 female voices, chorus, and electronic tape)
1974
Germany
Deutsche Grammophon 2530 436
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Experimental political works expressing Nono's revolutionary Marxist principles. Each piece features an early electronic tape made at the legendary Studio di Fonologia in Milan. Como Una Ola uses quarter tones, and in addition to the electronic tape also features live electronic processing of the instruments by means of contact microphones and modulators. Performers include Maurizio Pollini, Slavka Taskova, the Symphonie-Orchestre des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Claudio Abbado, Mary Lindsay, Liliana Poli, Gabriela Ravazzi, Kadigia Bove, Miriam Acevedo, Elena Vicini, and the Coro Da Camera Della RAI Roma under Nino Antonellini.
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Daphne Oram: Listen Move And Dance 3-- Electronic Sound Patterns (1962)
1962
UK
His Master's Voice 7EG 8762
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Mega-rare original 7" 45rpm ep of early electronic experiments by this co-founder of the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop in collaboration with Vera Gray, with rhythmic sequences of pure tones and noise blasts intended as a tool for dance educators.
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Harry Partch: The World Of Harry Partch-- Daphne of the Dunes (1967); Barstow - 8 hitchhiker inscriptions from a highway railing (1941/67); Castor & Pollux - a dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini (1952)
1969
USA
Columbia Masterworks Music Of Our Time MS 7207
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Performed by Partch and his ensemble on his unique microtonal instruments/sound sculptures. Features jazz vibist Emil Richards, avant-improv percussionist Michael Ranta, and conductor Danlee Mitchell. Original 2-eye pressing.
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Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury - A Ritual of Dream and Delusion (1969 opera in 2 acts for large ensemble of unique instruments & voices)
1971
USA
Columbia Masterworks M2 30576
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Original complete 3lp box of this TAS-listed masterpiece, probably the best ever audiophile recording of Partch's microtonal instrument-sculpture creations. Under the composer's supervision, Danlee Mitchel conducts this epic work in Partch's 43-note-to-the-octave scale. Disc 3, which only came with 1st pressings, is "The Instruments of Harry Partch," a full-length bonus lp filled entirely with recordings of Partch himself speaking about and then playing solos on each of the 27 instruments he invented.
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Krzysztof Penderecki & Don Cherry: Actions (1971 for free jazz orchestra); Humus - The Life Exploring Force; Sita Rama Encores
1980
USA
Everest 3484
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Earliest USA issue of this fantastic 1971 live recording of free jazz meeting experimental classical, with trumpeter Cherry performing his own compositions as well as Penderecki's, leading The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra, an amazing assemblage of international avant-improv superstars. Sax blower Peter Brotzmann and innovative guitarist Terje Rypdal are most prominently featured with soloing space; also performing are Manfred Schoof, Han Bennink, Kenny Wheeler, Tomasz Stanko, Paul Rutherford, Albert Mangelsdorff, Gerd Dudek, Willem Breuker, Gunter Hampel, Fred van Hove, Buschi Niebergall, Peter Warren, Loes Macgillycutty, and Mocqui Cherry. Penderecki's composition Actions was directly inspired by his 1967 encounter with Alexander von Schlippenbach's Globe Unity Orchestra, which shared many members with the short lived Orchestra recorded here.
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Krzysztof Penderecki: Fluorescences (1962 for orchestra); Anaklasis (1960 for string orchestra, percussion); Psalmen Davids (1958 for chorus, strings, percussion); Sonate fur Violoncello und Orchester (1964); Stabat Mater (1962 for 3 choruses)
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Germany
Wergo studio reihe neuer musik WER 60 020
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Original deluxe booklet gatefold issue of this collection of Penderecki's avant garde works. Fluorescences is one of his most experimental pieces and involves sawing wood and iron, filing glass, and rubbing piano strings. Anaklasis incorporates early use of graphic notation.
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Spectrum New American Music, Volume I-- Roger Reynolds: Quick Are The Mouths Of Earth (1965) / Fredric Myrow: Songs From The Japanese (1965)
1969
USA
Nonesuch H-71219
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With the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble under Arthur Weisberg featuring Paul Zukofsky, John Swallow, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Fred Sherry, Raymond Desroches, Gilbert Kalish.
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Miklos Rozsa: The Lost Weekend OST (1945 for Theremin and orchestra)
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USA
[private pressing] TT-MR-2
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Ultra rare composer's private press of this elusive early Theremin score to the classic Billy Wilder film. The unique early electronic instrument is used to depict "the wail of a disturbed psyche" in underlining the hallucinatory dementia caused by the alcoholism of the main character played by Ray Milland. Rosza conducts an uncredited orchestra, with the Thereminist most likely being Samuel Hoffman. This was the only ever issue of this complete recording on vinyl. Beautiful unopened copy!
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Henri Sauguet: Sonate Bucolique (1964 for sax and piano) / Edison Denisov: Sonate (1970 for sax and piano) / Ryo Noda: Improvisation I (1972 for sax solo) / Jean Absil: Sonate Op.115 (1963 for sax and piano) / Paul Creston: Sonate Op.19 (1939 for piano and sax)
1974
France
EMI La voix de son maitre C 065-12805
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Among the greatest modern classical saxophone recordings, with rarely heard 20th century works for solo sax or sax with piano, featuring Jean Marie Londeix (sax) and Pierre Pontier (piano).
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Henri Sauguet: The Garden's concerto (1970 for harmonica and orchestra); Deux mouvements pour archets à la mémoire de Paul Gilson (1964 for orchestra)
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France
Inédits ORTF 995 021
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Impossible to find unopened copy of this rare modern classical harmonica recording with Claude Garden and the composer conducting.
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New Music For String Quartet-- Giacinto Scelsi: Quartetto D'Archi No.4 (1964) / Earle Brown: String Quartet (1965) / Pierre Boulez: Livre Pour Quatuor (1949)
1972
USA
Mainstream MS/5009
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White label promo copy of this great album of radically experimental string quartets featuring plenty of scraping, grating, squeaking, and other unusual sounds and extended techniques. The Scelsi piece, which he is said to have considered his greatest work, uses a special notation system to score each string of each instrument separately (!). With Quatuor Parrenin and Das Hamann Quartett (featuring Siegfried Palm), the New York String Quartet (featuring Paul Zukofsky), and Quartetto Di Nuova Musica.
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Pierre Schaeffer & Orson Welles: The Liberation Of Paris - Historical Documentary Recorded In Paris In French And English
1945
USA
Asch 50
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Ultra rare earliest work by Pierre Schaeffer, father of musique concrete, on this 3x12" 78rpm bound set, a brilliantly executed sound montage of historic field recordings released on the private label of Moses Asch before he founded Folkways! This artifact, documenting the defeat of the Germans in Paris during World War II, was created while he was beginning his early tape music experiments but before he completed his earliest formal compositions. His touch can be heard throughout this album in the visionary editing techniques and obvious appreciation for the power and beauty of raw field recordings; the notes call it "the first radiomontage of recorded historic events." Schaeffer took part in the French resistance during the Nazi occupation and was the chief of the Paris Underground Radio Station at the time of liberation. Featuring commentary in English from actor-filmmaker Orson Welles and artist Emlen Etting, readings by French surrealist poet Paul Eluard, Schaeffer reciting his own poetry, radio signals, recordings of German tanks under fire and other real battle clips, the bells of the churches of Paris ringing to celebrate liberation, the first free French radio broadcast, speeches from de Gaulle, Eisenhower, and others, news reports, and comments from civilians on the street celebrating their liberation. "From material in the archives of Radio Diffusion de la Nation Francaise, Pierre Schaeffer has assembled and woven together excerpts that vividly evoke the excitement, courage and ecstasy that accompanied the return of Paris to France and to Freedom..."
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Tony Schwartz: A Popular Photography Presentation - Tony Schwartz On How To Record The Sound Of Children PLUS 6 Of His Celebrated Sound Essays
1967
USA
Capitol Custom [private pressing, no cat#]
ex
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Rare original private pressing later reissued on Folkways. Aside from the instructional title track, most of this lp is taken up by the 6 "sound essays", which are fantastic audio documentary sound collages on various childhood-related subjects, full of unique sound effects and plenty of crazy 1950s rambling children! "Children And God" is an especially amusing montage of clips of NYC children talking about their views on religion ("I always pray right before I get a beatin'..."). "Nancy Grows Up" is a renowned radio piece that compresses recordings of the first 13 years of the life of Schwartz's niece into 2 minutes.
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Tony Schwartz: Spontaneous, In-The-Cab Recordings Of The New York Taxi Driver
1959
USA
Columbia ML 5309
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White label promo copy of these wonderful field recordings of actual 1950s NYC cab drivers - as they drive - made by legendary sound archivist Tony Schwartz, in his only major label release. Pretty much pure gold throughout, with cabbies musing about "Women, Cops, The Bronx, Art, Traffic, Life," etc. in endearingly slang-filled 1950s New Yawkese. A fascinating slice of 1950s NYC urban life, useful for DJs, samplers, and any fan of unusual spoken word or New York historical ephemera.
3
Roger Sessions: When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom'd (1970 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra)
1977
USA
New World NW 296
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With cover art by the early pop artist Larry Rivers. Serialist piece based around a Walt Whitman poem. Seiji Ozawa conducts The Boston Symphony Orchestra with Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Dominic Cossa, Florence Quivar, Esther Hinds.
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Contemporary Music Project #6-- Harvey Sollberger: Grand Quartet For Flutes (1962) / Arthur Berger: Septet (1966) / Peter Westergaard: Variations For Six Players (1963)
1971
Germany
Acoustic Research in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon 0654 088
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Part of the audiophile avant garde series released by speaker manufacturer Acoustic Research. With Arthur Weisberg conducting the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, pianists Robert Miller and Gilbert Kalish, Sollberger playing flute and conducting the Group For Contemporary Music at Columbia University, percussionist Raymond DesRoches, and cellist Fred Sherry.
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Sound Effects
undated
USA
Realistic 50-1970
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"For home movies, amateur theatricals, parties and general fun." Includes weather, jets, animals, cars, crowds, battles, etc.
5
Sounds Of The Sea Vol. 1 - Sonic Fish Sounds - Underwater Sounds Of Biological Origin
1966
USA
Folkways Science Series FX 6121
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Cheap ex-library copy of these awesome field recordings of strange sounds emitted by various underwater creatures, recorded by the Naval Research Laboratory using special underwater microphones. "Actual sounds of fish species recorded in isolated tanks and at varying depths - from 5 feet in sheltered areas to 2000 fathoms 200 miles out - in tropical waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans... In many parts of the seas of the world, noises made by fishes and some of the other inhabitants of the waters are so great and varied as to be almost deafening..." Tracks include "Normal Water Noises", "Snapping Shrimp", "Spot Fish", "Drum Fish", "600 Fathoms Down Unknown Sounds", etc.
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Sounds Of Sea Animals - Volume 2: Florida
1955
USA
Folkways FPX 125
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Earliest pressing of these awesome unusual field recordings of biological noise recorded by W.N. Kellogg of the Florida State University Oceanographic Institute using special underwater acoustical equipment provided by the US Navy. "The noises produced by crustacea, fishes, and other organisms of the ocean are best described by such terms as clicks, croaks, grunts, rattles, thumps, or whistles... In some cases the underwater crepitation made by large numbers of crustaceans or fishes is so great as to produce a positive din-- like static in a radio." All sounds are repeated at least twice (with and without narration), some at varying speeds, making this a fantastic unintentional turntablism/musique concrete sound effects tool.
3
The Sound Of Sounds
undated
USA
Directional Sound DS 5013
vg- (several scuffs, no feelable scratches)
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Sound effects album with jets, trains, race cars, nature & animals, etc.
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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Opus 1970 (for Elektronium, piano, electric viola, tam-tam, and sound processing)
1970
Germany
Deutsche Grammophon 139 461
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This classic live electronic improv work is actually a noisy atonal tribute to Beethoven. Stockhausen sound-directs Aloys Kontarsky (piano), Johannes G. Fritsch (electric viola), Harald Boje (Elektronium early electronic keyboard proto-synth), and Rolf Gehlhaar (tam-tam). The players activate tapes containing abstract fragments of Beethoven's music as they perform and improvise in response, with Stockhausen electronically processing and mixing the group's output.
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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kreuzspiel (1951 for oboe, bass clarinet, piano and 3 percussionists); Kontra-Punkte (1952 for 10 instruments); Zeitmasze (1956 for 5 Woodwinds); Adieu (1966 for woodwind quintet)
1981
South Korea
Deutsche Grammophon 2530 443
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Rarely seen Korean pressing! Zeitmasze is based on Stockhausen's concept of "relative rhythm" (that is, tempo relative to the lung capacity of each musician). Performed by The London Sinfonietta conducted by the composer using experimental microphone and speaker placements.
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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gruppen (1957 for 3 orchestras); Carré (1959 for 4 orchestras and 4 choirs)
undated
Switzerland
Grammoclub Ex Libris XL 171 540
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Uncommon Swiss issue of this lp released in Germany in the DG Avant Garde series. These brilliant experiments in sound projection, sound motion, and overlapping tempos were some of the earliest examples of 'spatial' compositions which place groups of players in different locations around the audience. Carré was scored in collaboration with Cornelius Cardew (working as Stockhausen's assistant at the time) and is performed by the chorus and symphony orchestra of the NDR and conducted by Mauricio Kagel, Andrzej Markowski, Michael Gielen, and the composer; Gruppen is performed by the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruno Maderna, Gielen, and the composer.
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Avant Garde Piano-- Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstuck VIII (1954) / Luciano Berio: Sequenza IV For Piano (1966) / Luigi Dallapiccola: Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera (1952) / Pierre Boulez: Premiere Sonate [2 movements] (1946) / Ernst Krenek: Sechs Vermessene (1958)
196?
USA
Candide CE 31015
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David Burge performs an excellent selection of experimental and serialist postmodern piano pieces, incorporating a variety of extended techniques.
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The New Music-- Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontra-Punkte (1952 for 10 instruments) / Henri Pousseur: Rimes Pour Differentes Sources Sonores (1959 for electronic tape and orchestra) / Krzysztof Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (1960 for 52 strings) / Earle Brown: Available Forms I (1961 for chamber ensemble)
1967
USA
RCA Victrola VICS-1239
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Volume 1 of RCA's 1960s series of experimental music. The Stockhausen piece features inside-the-piano string plucking by Frederic Rzewski. The Pousseur work, an early electronic gem, pits alternating groups of players and instruments alongside a slowly rising collage of white noise, sine tones, and tape-manipulated concrete sounds. Brown's aleatoric composition allows the players to wander among various pre-composed 'events' in any order that they please. Penderecki's work is a UNESCO prize-winner and utilizes the highest possible string sounds. With Bruno Maderna conducting the Rome Symphony Orchestra.
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The Incredible Sounds Of Synclavier II
1981
USA
New England Digital Corp. NED 1
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Ultra rare private press on clear blue vinyl, a demo record originally given out to prospective buyers of one of the earliest mass-market digital synths, with a montage of unique sound effects and brief melodies showing off the amazing capabilities of this innovative system that combined sampled and FM-synthesized sounds and was designed by legendary electronic composer Jon Appleton at Dartmouth College. One segment on this disc would go on to become the intro to Michael Jackson's Beat It recorded the following year (in fact the Synclavier was Jackson and Quincy Jones' favorite synth at the time, and much of Thriller was sequenced on it). The music and programming on most of this disc are credited to Denny Jaeger and Bill Keenan, plus there is an excerpt of a synthesized version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Patrick Gleeson (member of Herbie Hancock's 70s-era electric funk band).
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Synergy: Semi-Conductor
1984
USA
Passport PB 11002
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2LP compilation of mostly 1970s pieces by the solo project of prog synth keyboardist Larry Fast who played with Nektar and Peter Gabriel, with 1 previously unreleased track.
3
Spectrum New American Music, Volume II-- Stefan Wolpe: Chamber Piece No.1 (1964) / George Rochberg: Serenata d'estate (1955) / Seymour Shifrin: Satires of Circumstance (1964)
undated
USA
Nonesuch H-71220
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With the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble under Arthur Weisberg featuring Paul Zukofsky, Jan DeGaetani, Gilbert Kalish, John Swallow.
3
Charles Wuorinen: String Trio (1968); Bearbeitungen uber das Glogauer Liederbuch (1962); Grand Bamboula for String Orchestra (1971)
1975
USA
Nonesuch H-71319
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With Daniel Shulman conducting Speculum Musicae and The Light Fantastic Players.
17
Iannis Xenakis: Nuits (1968 for 12 mixed voices) / Olivier Messiaen: Cinq Rechants (1949 for 12 mixed voices); O Sacrum Convivium! (1937 for 4 mixed voices)
1984
France
Arion musique francaise d'aujourd'hui ARN 38775
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Experimental vocal works recorded under the supervision of the composers and performed by Groupe Vocal De France directed by Michel Tranchant. Xenakis' Nuits is dedicated to the world's political prisoners, and, in the composer's words, its content ranges from "linear Gregorian purity to the nightly yelping of jackals" (!). Messiaen's 5 Rechants incorporates texts written by the composer in a language of his own invention and Indian rhythms.
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Iannis Xenakis: Electro-Acoustic Music-- Orient-Occident III (1960); Bohor I (1962); Concret P-H II (1958); Diamorphoses II (1957)
1970
USA
Nonesuch H-71246
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Essential lp presenting Xenakis' superb early electronic musique concrete works, all composed at Pierre Schaeffer's INA-GRM studios in Paris.
13
Iannis Xenakis: Album 2-- Akrata (1965 for 16 wind instruments); Achorripsis (1957 for 21 instruments); Polla Ta Dhina (1962 for children's chorus and orchestra); ST/10 (1962 for ten instruments)
196?
USA
Angel Music Today S-36656
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Beautiful experimental works performed by the Paris Instrumental Ensemble For Contemporary Music under Konstantin Simonovitch and the Children's Choir of Notre-Dame De Paris. ST/10 was composed using a program Xenakis created for the IBM 7090 mainframe computer.





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