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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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Henk Badings: Armageddon (1968 for electronic tape, orchestra, and soprano) / Toshiro Mayuzumi: Concerto For Percussion And Wind Symphony (1966) / Krzysztof Penderecki: Pittsburgh Overture (1967 for wind and percussion)
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USA
Point Park College Recording Series KP 101
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Perfect sealed copy of this ultra-rare private press with performances of experimental works by the American Wind Symphony Orchestra under director Robert Austin Boudreau. The highlight is one of Badings' finest (and least heard) electronic works, a sidelong symphony for prerecorded musique concrete, live instruments, and experimental wordless vocals, with 2 of the 5 movements being for electronics alone ("produced by a variety of oscillators, tone generators and ring modulators, transformed by means of an array of sophisticated techniques involving splicing and rerecording"). Little-known avant garde gem.
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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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Serenus SRS 12099
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With pianists Dwight Peltzer and Morton Estrin.
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Sterling Brown & Langston Hughes
1967
USA
Folkways FL 9790
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1950s recordings of 2 renowned Harlem Renaissance poets reading their own work, with political overtones from the civil rights era and early black power movement. Hughes reads from his Simple Speaks His Mind. The lesser-known Brown was an influential Howard University teacher whose students included Amiri Baraka, Stokely Charmichael, and Ossie Davis. With cover art by painter Jacob Lawrence.
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Music For A 20th Century Violinist-- John Cage / Morton Feldman / Raph Shapey / Wallingford Riegger / George Crumb / Peter Mennin / Michael Sahl / Henry Brant / Stefan Wolpe / Walter Piston / Roger Sessions / Milton Babbitt / Arthur Berger / Harvey Sollberger
1974
USA
Desto DC6435/37
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Landmark 3lp box set of avant garde American violin works, performed by Paul Zukofsky with Gilbert Kalish on piano. See pic for all 14 composition titles. Includes booklet with extensive notes by Zukofsky and Nicolas Slonimsky. Probably Zukofsky's most important recording in terms of the breadth of its presentation of contemporary violin repertoire.
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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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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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Contemporary Music Project #3-- George Crumb: Madrigals, Books I-IV (1969 for soprano, 2 percussionists, flute, harp, and double-bass) / Edwin London: Portraits of Three Ladies (1967 for narrator, mezzo-soprano, and large chamber ensemble)
1970
Germany
Acoustic Research in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon 0654 085
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Rare entry in the audiophile avant garde series released by speaker manufacturer Acoustic Research. Crumb's piece is adapted from poems by Frederico Garcia Lorca, and is performed by mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani and the University of Pennsylvania Contemporary Players conducted by Richard Wernick. London conducts his own work, which is performed by Marilyn Coles, soprano, Royal MacDonald, narrator, and The University Of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.
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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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Collins H. Driggs: The Magic Of The Novachord
1941
USA
Victor P-57
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Crazy rare 3x10" 78rpm bound set featuring the short lived vacuum tube proto synthesizer the Novachord, manufactured by Hammond during 1939-42 and generally considered the first mass produced polyphonic synthesizer, capable of creating an infinite variety of sounds by subtractive synthesis. 6 tracks of solo Novachord renditions of pop tunes of the era, likely the earliest electronic pop recordings ever.
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Collins H. Driggs: Cascades Of Melody
1941
USA
Victor P-93
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Mega rare 4x10" 78rpm bound set of more music played on the Novachord early electronic keyboard instrument, with solo Novachord arrangements of jazz, pop, and showtunes of the era, likely the earliest electronic pop recordings ever.
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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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Environments - New concepts in stereo sound - Disc 1
1970
USA
Atlantic Syntonic Research Series SD 66001
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Marketed as new age background ambiance - "psychologically perfect aural environments which can be left on indefinitely without fatigue or boredom" - this series actually had some pretty cool audiophile field recording sound collages and electronically-generated sounds on them. This one has a side of seashore sounds (partly computer-generated) and a side of bird sounds.
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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 Columbia engineers Andrew Kazdin and Thomas Z. Shepard.
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Jim Fassett: Strange To Your Ears - The Fabulous World Of Sound With Jim Fassett
1953
USA
Columbia ML 4938
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Scarce lp exploring the weird and wacky side of early electronic tape manipulations, presenting an array of sped-up, slowed-down, reversed, cut-up, and montaged found sounds. Fassett (of Symphony Of The Birds fame) narrates this whimsical demonstration of the then-astounding capabilities of the newly invented magnetic tape recorder, showing how familiar sounds can be made to oddly sound like totally different ones, how multiple sounds from disparate locations can be collaged together to create utterly alien soundscapes, and how entire universes of sound can be derived from the most unlikely sources, with several truly bizarre moments (perhaps the most hilarious being when he attempts to pronounce his name backwards in order to hear what it sounds like when played in reverse). Highly recommended as a fascinating period document, as a trove of sound effects, and as a beautiful specimen of outsider musique concrete.
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Morton Feldman: Spring Of Chosroes (1977 for violin and piano) / Artur Schnabel: Sonata For Violin And Piano (1935)
1981
USA
CP2 8
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Scarce lp on violinist Paul Zukofsky's label pairing him with pianist Ursula Oppens on 2 rarely heard avant garde works.
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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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Alois Hába: The Mother (1929 quarter-tone opera in 10 scenes)
1965
Czechoslovakia
Supraphon SUA ST 50681-2
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Mega rare original 2lp box set of this experimental opera and early microtonal masterpiece featuring the quarter tone piano, a unique instrument designed by the composer which has 2 keyboards, one on top of the other, tuned in a difference of a 1/4-tone. The performers are the Prague National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Jiri Pokorny on quarter-tone piano, chorus master Milan Maly, and conductor Jiri Jirous.
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Iain Hamilton: Voyage For Horn And Orchestra (1970); Epitaph For This World And Time (1970)
1971
USA
CRI SD 280
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With Barry Tuckwell, French horn, and Alec Wyton and David Atherton conducting.
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Dr. Samuel Hoffman: The Swan (Theremin solo with organ accompaniment); Moonlight Sonata (Theremin solo with piano accompaniment)
194?
USA
Capitol 1378
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Ultra rare promo-only 78rpm 10" holy grail containing Theremin master Hoffman's own arrangements of Beethoven and Saint-Saens for the early electronic instrument. This was never issued as part of any full album, released in small numbers apparently to promote Hoffman's services during the peak of his Hollywood soundtrack career, and certainly the rarest Hoffman recordings ever pressed! Interestingly, "The Swan" was known to feature in Leon Theremin muse Clara Rockmore's repertoire and perhaps this record was a sort of friendly competitive vanity pressing?
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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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Sound Forms for Piano-- Ben Johnston: Sonata for Microtonal Piano (1963) / Conlon Nancarrow: Studies for Player Piano #1, #27, #36 (1948-69) / John Cage: selected Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1948) / Henry Cowell: The Banshee (1923); Aeolian Harp (1923); Piano Piece Paris 1924
1976
USA
New World NW 203
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Excellent collection of experimental piano pieces; this is the 1st pressing with gorgeous cover art by Fluxus artist Lucas Samaras. The gem on this record is Johnston's beautiful Sonata for Microtonal Piano, its only existing recording, played on a standard piano microtuned using a complex just-intonation system producing "81 different pitches, providing a piano with almost no consonant octaves... a monstrous parody-enigma, allusive, referential, sometimes derisive, distorted, a tissue of familiarity in radically strange garb." The Nancarrow tracks, created by altering player piano rolls by hand, range from atonal and highly rhythmic 'remixes' of ragtime/blues rolls to completely abstract soundscapes; these recordings are unique to this lp, different from the 1750 Arch releases. The Cowell works are pioneering experiments featuring some of the earliest uses of tone clusters and inside-the-piano playing. Robert Miller performs all of the human-playable works.
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Andre Jolivet: Concerto for Ondes Martenot and Orchestra (1955); Concerto for Harp and Chamber Orchestra (1955)
1957
USA
Westminster XWN 18360
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Scarce early US issue of this fantastic avant garde work featuring the ondes Martenot early electronic keyboard instrument, depicted beautifully on the cover, played by Ginette Martenot (sister of the inventor). With the composer conducting the Orchestre De Théâtre National De L'Opera and Lily Laskine on harp.
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Marshall McLuhan + Quentin Fiore + Jerome Agel: The Medium Is The Massage
1968
USA
Columbia CS 9501
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Unplayed original red label 2-eye pressing of this fantastic stream-of-consciousness sound collage sampled by DJ Shadow, Towa Tei, The Kleptones, etc., an audio version of McLuhan and Fiore's visionary 1967 experimental book. McLuhan attempts to make his revolutionary theories more accessible to a 'turned-on' public by framing them in the language of popular culture and advertising, intercutting his own recital of his writings with electronic sound effects, field recordings, mass media sound bytes, and jazzy psych-rock played by John Simon.
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Mike Melvoin: The Plastic Cow Goes Moooooog
1969
USA
Dot DLP 25961
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Early electronic pop lp with Moogsploitation covers of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Steppenwolf, Eric Clapton, and other pop-psych of the day, as well as 2 originals. With "Moog consultants" Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause, guitarist Dennis Budimir, and drummers Paul Humphrey, Earl Palmer, and Colin Bailey.
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Peter Mennin: Symphony No. 7 "Variation-Symphony" / David Diamond: Symphony No. 4
1976
USA
New World NW 258
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Modern American symphonies, with Leonard Bernstein conducting The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Jean Martinon conducting The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Cover art by social realist Ben Shahn.
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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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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 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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Luigi Nono: ...sofferte onde serene... (1976 for piano and electronic tape); a floresta e jovem e chaja de vida (1966 for soprano, voices, clarinet, copper plates, and electronic tape)
1979
Germany
Deutsche Grammophon 2531 004
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2 experimental works pairing electronics realized at the legendary Milan Studio di Fonologia with live performers. a floresta quotes from sources like Fidel Castro, South Vietnamese partisans, and protesting American factory workers, reflecting Nono's strong socialist leanings; the performers are soprano Liliana Poli, vocalists Kadigia Bove, Elena Vicini, and Berto Troni, clarinetist William O. Smith, and conductor Bruno Canino. ...sofferte onde serene... is performed by Maurizio Pollini.
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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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Computer Music-- J.K. Randall: Quartets In Pairs (1964); Quartersines (1969); Mudgett- Monologues by a Mass Murderer (1965) / Barry Vercoe: Synthesism (196x) / Charles Dodge: Changes (1970)
1970
USA
Nonesuch H-71245
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One of the best albums of early computer-synthesized music, here made with the ancient sound synthesis programs Music IV by Max V. Mathews, Music IVB by Hubert Howe, and Vercoe's own IBM Music 360, which provide the composers with a previously unavailable range of parameters with which to sculpt all aspects of their sounds (timbre, microtuning, shape, attack and decay, etc.). Realized at the computer centers of Columbia and Princeton and Bell Telephone Laboratories.
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Miklos Rozsa: The Lost Weekend film score (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: 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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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.
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Tony Schwartz: Sound Effects Vol.1 - City Sounds: Outdoor Sounds; Indoor Sounds
1958
USA
Folkways FX 6170
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More like an album of extended soundscapes than sound effects, these carefully collaged field recordings border on musique concrete. Legendary sound archivist Schwartz recorded the entire album in New York City with an ear for the cinematic and an obvious love for documenting the noise emissions of his city; there are over 15 minutes of Street Traffic tracks alone (!), plus Street Drilling, Coal Delivery, Cocktail Party, Department Store Crowds, All Men's Bar At Lunchtime, Office Building Lobby, etc. A trove of unique sounds and a slice of 1950s NYC urban life, rising way above run-of-the-mill generic "sound effects" records.
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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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Sound Effects
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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.
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The Sound Of Sounds
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USA
Directional Sound DS 5013
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Sound effects album with jets, trains, race cars, nature & animals, etc.
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Sound Patterns: Human Sounds; Musical Sounds; Natural Sounds; Location Sounds
1953
USA
Folkways Science Series FX 6130
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Ultra rare unopened copy of this highly unique record, probably the greatest of the Folkways sound effects albums, featuring a wide variety of natural and mechanical/man-made found sounds, ambient soundscapes, and electronic atmospheres sourced from scientific expeditions, documentary recordings, anthropologists in Africa and Antarctica, experimental music studios, etc., with some segments presented in multiple playback speeds. There are noisy industrial sounds, exotic animal sounds, primitive tribal instruments, and tracks exploring the animalistic and repetitive nature of human language with recordings of religious ceremonies and New York City street vendors. Side 2 has a demonstration of "electronic feedback," in which David Hancock creates reverberating atmospheres out of tape feedback noise generated from concrete sounds. A treasure for DJs/producers/turntablists seeking unusual sounds as well as fans of musique concrete interested in the recordings that served as source material and inspiration for the earliest tape music composers. "Folkways Records presents what it believes to be a departure from material generally issued on phonograph records... including the most unusual - and the most common - sounds that exist; through aural interplay, Folkways hopes to be able to establish a mood not unlike that of seeing photographs or pictures. Taken out of context these sounds stand by themselves in their uniqueness, and create new auditory dimensions..."
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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Zyklus (1959 for percussionist) / Teruyuki Noda: Eclogue (1970 for flute and percussion)
1977
Japan
RCA Highest Fidelity Direct Master Series RDC-1 JRL1-1026
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Audiophile 45rpm 12" with experimental percussion works performed by Sumire Yoshihara (percussion) and Masami Nakagawa (flute on the Noda). The Stockhausen uses non-traditional notation to indicate relative pitch, duration, and dynamics and involves an array of African, eastern, and western percussions and mallet instruments.
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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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Music For Electronic & Older Instruments-- Vladimir Ussachevsky: Of Wood And Brass (1965 for electronic tape); Wireless Fantasy (1960 for electronic tape) / Otto Luening + Ussachevsky: Concerted Piece For Tape Recorder And Orchestra (1960) / Mel Powell: Events For Tape Recorder (1963); Second Electronic Setting (1962); Improvisation (1962 for piano, clarinet, viola); Two Prayer Settings (1963 for chamber ensemble and tenor)
1968
USA
CRI 227 USD
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Excellent Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center works including never-reissued tracks by jazz-pianist-turned-experimental-composer Powell. Ussachevsky's Wireless Fantasy is made out of recordings of historic early radio transmission devices. The Concerted Piece is among the earliest to combine electronics with orchestra and is performed by the Oslo Philharmonic conducted by Jose Serebrier.
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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.





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specializing in vintage vinyl of early electronic/electroacoustic, avant garde, microtonal, minimalist, and 20th century classical music, with frequent detours into free jazz, artists records, sound effects/field recordings, poetry/spoken word, breaks/turntablism, ethnomusicology, space age pop, private press oddities, and other unique aural documents
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