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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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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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Amiri Baraka With David Murray And Steve McCall: New Music - New Poetry
1982
USA
India Navigation IN-1048
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Mega rare unopened copy of this gem fusing political poetry with free jazz, featuring the great former beat/Black Arts poet Baraka (aka Leroi Jones) with McCall on drums and Murray on tenor sax and bass clarinet. Includes full texts of Baraka's poems.
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Paul Beaver & Bernard Krause: The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music
1968
USA
Nonesuch HC-73018
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Legendary 2lp box documenting the state of the then-young medium by offering a kind of construction set of sounds generated from a Moog Series II Synthesizer demonstrating various types of synthesis, splicing, filtering, and sound-generating techniques, an impressive artifact of early electronic music and a dream come true for sound effects-seeking DJs. Also contains several brief compositions by Beaver and Krause meant to serve as examples of how the techniques can be put to use. Includes a 16-page booklet with extensive notes and diagrams.
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Luciano Berio: Due pezzi (1951 for violin and piano); Sequenza I (1958 for flute)
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Wergo Taschen-Diskothek Neuer Musik WER 319
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7" 33rpm ep with early postwar avant garde, featuring Klaus Schilde, piano, Saschko Gawriloff, violin, and Aurèle Nicolet, flute.
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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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Jacques Bondon: Kaleidoscope (1957 for ondes Martenot, piano, and percussion) / Marcel Landowski: Concerto (1954 for ondes Martenot, string orchestra and percussion)
196?
France
Erato LDE 3354
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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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Arna Bontemps: Anthology Of Negro Poets In The U.S.A. 200 Years-- Countee Cullen / Langston Hughes / Sterling A. Brown / Claude McKay / Arna Bontemps / Lucy Terry / Paul Laurence Dunbar / Angelina Weld Grimke / Jean Toomer / James Weldon Johnson / Georgia Douglas Johnson / Fenton Johnson / Frank Horne / Jeffrey Hayes / Waring Cuney / Helene Johnson / Robert E. Hayden / Phillis Wheatley
1955
USA
Folkways FL 9792
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Great collection of African American poems dating from the 18th century to the 20th, read by poet Arna Bontemps.
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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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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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Extended Voices-- John Cage: Solos For Voice 2 (1960) / Morton Feldman: Chorus And Instruments II (1967); Christian Wolff In Cambridge (1963) / Toshi Ichyanagi: Extended Voices / Alvin Lucier: North American Time Capsule 1967 / Pauline Oliveros: Sound Patterns (1961) / Robert Ashley: She Was A Visitor (1967)
1968
USA
Odyssey Music of Our Time 32 16 0156
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Terrific collection of "new pieces for chorus and for voices altered electronically by sound synthesizers and vocoder," bringing together many compositional styles ranging from droning and minimalism to dada-esque insanity to brilliant soundscapes of vocal-sourced electronic noise. All works involve electroacoustic or physical extensions of the human voice and are performed by the Brandeis University Chamber Chorus under the direction of Alvin Lucier. Cage's composition was electronically realized by Gordon Mumma and David Tudor; the Lucier piece makes very early use of the Sylvania Electronic Systems Vocoder; the Ichyanagi work uses Buchla and Moog synths.
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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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Walter [Wendy] Carlos: By Request-- Episodes for Piano and Electronic Sound (1965); Dialogues for Piano and Two Loudspeakers (1964); Geodesic Dance Electronic Etude (197?); Pompous Circumstances (197?) / Tchaikovsky / J.S. Bach / Burt Bacharach / The Beatles / Richard Wagner
1975
USA
Columbia M 32088
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Includes Carlos' pre-Moog experimental early electronic compositions from the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, plus some whimsical Moog-based pop song covers and electronic reorchestrations of classical works. Great assortment of experimental, classical, and pop synth sounds.
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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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Aaron Copland: Works For Piano 1926-1948
1976
USA
New World NW 277
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Archival recordings from the 1940s with the composer, Leo Smit, and Leonard Bernstein performing. Cover art by the modernist painter-photographer Charles Sheeler.
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Daniel Steven Crafts: Soap Opera Suite (1982 for electronic tape); Snake Oil Symphony (1982 for electronic tape)
1982
USA
Lutra 1001
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Private press gem with 2 tracks of experimental "plunderphonic" musique concrete noise built out of found sounds and vocal samples from television shows and commercials. The Soap Opera Suite is made up entirely of processed samples of tv soap operas.
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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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The Avant Garde Woodwind Quintet in the USA-- Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No.8 For Woodwind Quintet And Tape (1975) / Jacob Druckman: Delize Contente Che L'Alme Beate For Woodwind Quintet And Tape (1973) / Luciano Berio: Children's Play, Opus Number Zoo (1951) / Lukas Foss: The Cave Of The Winds (1972) / Elliott Carter: Woodwind Quintet / Gunther Schuller: Woodwind Quintet / Irving Fine: Partita (1948) / Karel Husa: Two Preludes (1966) / Samuel Barber: Summer Music For Woodwind Quintet / Arthur Berger: Quartet In C Major For Woodwinds
1977
USA
Vox Box SVBX 5307
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3lp box with works dating from 1941-1975 performed by the Dorian Quintet, including electronic compositions by Davidovsky and Druckman realized at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center.
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The Dial-a-Poem Poets: A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth of a Corpse-- William S. Burroughs / Husker Du / John Giorno Band / David Johansen / Sonic Youth / Cabaret Voltaire / Diamanda Galas / Coil / Michael Gira / David Van Tieghem / Jessica Hagedorn & The Gangster Choir
1985
USA
Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 035
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Great compilation of mostly exclusive tracks put together by beat poet John Giorno featuring beautiful artwork by Keith Haring designed especially for this lp (on the front and back covers, the inner gatefold, and even both sides of the inner album sleeve!). With poetry readings, art punk, no wave, electronic/industrial, and text-sound/sound-poetry. Listed in the Broken Music catalog of artists' record works.
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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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Electronic Beds Vol. 1 Performed On The Moog Synthesizer
1970
USA
Media Artists Incorporated LP-81070
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Ultra rare fantastic electronic library private press gem credited to the obscure (possibly pseudonymous) producers Franklin Morris, Ron Marquisee, and Dick Averson. Made entirely on a Moog, this contains 48 brief electronic sketches 10-60 seconds in length intended for film and radio use but which also work well as a collective suite for listening, with many innovative techniques applied to the then young Moog modular synth which most artists were still trying to figure out how to use at the time, a quite impressive feat in 1970. The compositions are playful while densely orchestrated with many layers of gorgeously sculpted synth textures. This is the 1st pressing, later issued by the De Wolfe library in the UK under the title Electrobeds; this scarce US pressing out of Syracuse, NY predates the official De Wolfe issue but has the Media Artists label info crossed out by hand and De Wolfe stickers pasted over the label! Highly recommended obscurity, one of my personal favorite early Moog artifacts.
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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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Jean-Claude Eloy: Faisceaux-Diffractions (1970 for 28 instrumentalists divided into 3 ensembles) / Michel Zbar: Swingle Novae (1970 for ensemble and chorus)
1972
France
Harmonia Mundi Musique D'Abord HM 933
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Avant garde works performed by Ensemble Ars Nova conducted by Boris de Vinogradov, with the experimental vocal ensemble The Swingle Singers featured on the Zbar.
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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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Pierre Henry: Mass For Today (1967); The Green Queen [excerpts] (1964); Variations For A Door & A Sigh [excerpts] (1963)
1969
USA
Limelight LS-86065
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1st US issue of this crossover electronic pop/musique concrete classic. Mass For Today (aka Les Jerks Electroniques de la Messe Pour Le Temps Present) is a wild, primitive rock-funk-electronic hybrid, a collaboration with Michel Colombier made for a ballet by Maurice Bejart, with Henry jamming on noisy electronic effects along with a psychedelic rock band complete with fuzz guitar and funky drummer. Heavily influential to the hip-hop and techno that followed decades later, with samples making their way into tracks by Flying Lotus, Luke Vibert, and DJ Premier and even the theme music for TV series Futurama. Also included are excerpts from 2 of Henry's more "serious" experimental electronic works abounding in tape-manipulated alien soundscapes, making this all in all an excellent disc spanning pop to radical experimentation.
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Electronic Music from the University of Illinois-- Lejaren Hiller: Machine Music (1964 for piano, percussion, and tape) / Herbert Brun: Futility (1964 for speaker and tape) / Kenneth Gaburo: Lemon Drops (1965 for tape); For Harry (1966 for tape) / Charles Hamm: Canto (1963 for soprano, speaker, and chamber ensemble) / Salvatore Martirano: Underworld (1965)
1967
USA
Heliodor H 25047
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Works produced at the Studio for Experimental Music at the University of Illinois. Several pieces feature the Harmonic Tone Generator, an early electronic instrument developed by James Beauchamp. Gaburo's For Harry, dedicated to Harry Partch, is a beautiful attempt to electronically emulate the unique resonances of Partch's microtonal instruments. Hamm's piece incorporates text by Ezra Pound and is conducted by Jack McKenzie.
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Dr. Samuel Hoffman: The Swan (Theremin solo with organ accompaniment); Moonlight Sonata (Theremin solo with piano accompaniment)
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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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Roland Kayn: Cybernetics III (1969 for electronics) / Luigi Nono: Contrappunto dialettico alla mente (1968 for electronic tape)
1970
Germany
Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Avant Garde 2561 044
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2 awesome sidelong experimental electronic works realized with the assistance of Marino Zuccheri at the Milan Studio di Fonologia. The Kayn piece is an early example of his Cybernetic Music, "in which complex networks of electronic devices follow the composer's instructions in the form of a system of signals and commands." The Nono work combines electronic tone generators, concrete sound sources, and processed vocals into a single epic tape composition made in response to the assassination of Malcolm X and American aggression in Vietnam.
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Gottfried Michael Koenig: Terminus II (1967 for electronic tape); Funktion Grun (1967 for electronic tape) / Zoltan Pongracz: Phonothese (1966 for electronic tape) / Rainer Riehn: Chants de Maldoror (1965-69 for electronic tape)
1969
Germany
Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Avant Garde 137 011
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Fantastic early electronic works. Koenig made early use of computers, writing his own software to calculate systems for his compositions which he called "automated production forms". These beautiful and stunning experiments in organized electronic noise were realized under the creative direction of Koenig at the Instituut Voor Sonologie van de Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht Studio Voor Elektronische Muziek in the Netherlands (which developed out of the Philips studio where Henk Badings, Dick Raaijmakers, and Tom Dissevelt worked in the 1950s).
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Frank Martin: Pavane couleur de temps 1920 for 2 pianos); Les Grenouilles, le Rossignol et la Pluie (1937 for 2 pianos); Petite Marche blanche et Trio noir (1937 for 2 pianos) / Alexis Alrich: Prelude and Jig (1984 for guitar and mandolin) / Herbert Fromm: Fantasy for Piano (1982) / Mathew Rosenblum: Harp Quartet (1978)
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USA
Opus One 104
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With pianists Yolanda Liepa and Eliza Garth, Paul Binkley, guitar, Dana Rath, mandolin, Susan Jolles, harp, Dennis Smylie, bass clarinet, and Donald Palma conducting.
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Music From Mathematics-- Max V. Mathews: Three Against Four; Numerology / John R. Pierce: Beat Cannon; Variations in Timbre and Attack; Stochatta / Pierce + M. E. Shannon: Music By Chance / David Slepian: 3 Improvisations On A Random Piano / Newman Guttman: Pitch Variations / David Lewin: Study One / Lejaren Hiller + L. M. Isaacson: Illiac Suite For String Quartet [excerpt]
1961
USA
Bell Telephone Laboratories 122227
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Ultra rare original boxed private pressing 10" version of these fascinating early electronic recordings from the late 50s; many of these tracks were later released on Decca but minus several tracks exclusive to this issue (also minus the awesome cover art). This album documents the first music ever synthesized by and composed on a computer, representing the earliest output of the scientist-composers who worked at Bell Labs under the uniting principle that "any sound can be described mathematically by a sequence of numbers." Most of the tracks are played from punch cards by the IBM 7090 Computer and Digital to Sound Transducer, ranging from avant garde abstract atmospheres to microtonal just-intonation tuning experiments to primitive studies of artificial intelligence. Includes 24-page book and "errata" card correcting an erroneous illustration in the book.
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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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Darius Milhaud: Concerto pour hautbois et orchestre / Alexandre Tansman: Six mouvements pour orchestre à cordes
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France
Inédits ORTF 995 032
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With Jacques Vandeville, oboe, and conductors Maurice Suzan and Pierre-Michel Le Conte.
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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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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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Olivier Messiaen: Chants De Terre Et De Ciel (1938 for soprano & piano) / Claude Debussy: Cinq Poèmes De Charles Baudelaire
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France
Inédits ORTF 995 020
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With Jean Laforge and Colette Herzog.
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Olivier Messiaen: Trois Petites Liturgies De La Présence Divine (1944 for ondes Martenot solo, piano solo, celesta, vibraphone, percussion, choir, string orchestra)
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France
Ducretet Thomson DC 25 131
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Rare 10" (different from the more common later Erato recording) of one of Messiaen's treasured pieces featuring the ondes Martenot early electronic keyboard instrument, with Jeanne Loriod on Martenot, Yvonne Loriod on piano, Ensemble Vocal Marcel Couraud, and the Orchestre De Chambre Andre Girard.
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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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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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Hugo Montenegro: Moog Power
1969
USA
RCA LSP-4170
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Original press of this prime early electronic pop psych lp featuring an early Moog modular synth played by Mike Melvoin and programmed by Paul Beaver, with funky over-the-top psychedelic arrangements of covers of The Doors, The Turtles, Harry Nilsson, etc., and the title track original. Probably the most sampled of the early Moogsploitation albums, used by everyone from Malcolm McLaren to Busta Rhymes to Pete Rock.
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Ennio Morricone: Moses OST (1974 for orchestra and chorus)
1974
Italy
RCA TBL1 1106
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Original Italian pressing of this avant garde soundtrack to the 1974 TV miniseries aka Moses the Lawgiver starring Burt Lancaster, with Bruno Nicolai conducting the Unione Musicisti Di Roma featuring soloists Nicola Samale, Gianna Spagnolo, and Dino Asciolla.
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Group Show-- Richard Moryl: Modules (1969 for bass, piccolo, trombone, and percussion) / Charles Whittenberg: Games of Five for Wind Quintet (1968) / Leonardo Balada: Geometrias (1966) / Arthur Custer: Sextet for Woodwinds and Piano (1961)
196?
USA
Serenus SRS 12028
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With the great bassist Bertram Turetzky on the Moryl piece in one of his earliest recordings. Also featuring Nancy Turetzky, piccolo, Howard Williams, trombone, Interlochen Arts Quintet, and conductor Harold Farberman.
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Conlon Nancarrow: Complete Studies For Player Piano Volume One-- Study Nos. 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 20, 41a, 41b, 41c (1949-1976)
1977
USA
1750 Arch S-1768
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1st volume of this definitive series of the work of one of the most unique outsider avant garde composers of the 20th century. Nancarrow created his amazing studies by composing directly onto player piano rolls by hand; they range from atonal deconstructions of ragtime, boogie-woogie, and blues to intricate tempo experiments to abstract patterned soundscapes, all highly rhythmic and most impossible to perform by human hands. With notes by James Tenney and series producer Charles Amirkhanian.
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Conlon Nancarrow: Complete Studies For Player Piano Volume Two-- Study Nos. 4, 5, 6, 14, 22, 26, 31, 32, 35, 37, 40a, 40b (1949-1976)
1979
USA
1750 Arch S-1777
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2nd volume.
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Conlon Nancarrow: Complete Studies For Player Piano Volume Three-- Study Nos. 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 15, 21, 23, 24, 25, 33, Sonatina (1949-1976)
1981
USA
1750 Arch S-1786
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3rd volume.
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Alwin Nikolais: Choreosonic Music Of The New Dance Theatre
1959
USA
Hanover HM 5005
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Obscure early electronic music from the 50s by this visionary New York choreographer known for his collaboration with Harry Partch. Nikolais composed his own unique music to go along with his abstract audiovisual dance theater productions using self-built electronic devices, with dancers triggering electronic sounds, processed percussion, and lights via pioneering use of sensors and becoming in themselves living sound sculptures. White label promo, though the "promotional not for sale" text is crossed out on the label.
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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: Omaggio A Vedova (1960 for electronic tape); Per Bastiana (1967 for electronic tape and orchestra in 3 groups); Canti Di Vita E D'Amore (1960 for soprano solo, tenore solo and orchestra)
196?
Germany
Wergo Studio Reihe Neuer Musik WER 60067
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3 excellent electronic and experimental works with Nono departing from his early career adherence to serialism to focus on texture and antifascist politics, "adopting wave-like alternating spatial and block sound complexes... Electronic orchestral undulations dominate; an ebb and flow of sound formations which combine to create an expressive tableau." Omaggio A Vedova, realized at the legendary Studio di Fonologia Milano, is dedicated to the tachisme painter Emilio Vedova.
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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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Henri Pousseur: Tales and songs from the bible of hell (1978 for voices, tape, and live electronics) / John Dowland: Flow my teares (arr. 1978 by Pousseur) / Roger Marsh: 'Not a soul but ourselves...' (1977 for vocal ensemble) / William Brooks: Madrigals
1982
UK
Wergo WER 60094
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Experimental vocal works recorded by the ensemble Electric Phoenix. The highlight is the sidelong Pousseur work, which incorporates a musique concrete tape of electronically processed vocals as well as a live electronic setup making use of custom built vocal synthesizers.
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J.K. Randall: Lyric Variations for Violin and Computer (1968) / Michael Sahl: A Mitzvah for the Dead (1967 for violin and tape)
1968
USA
Vanguard Cardinal VCS 10057
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2 interesting electroacoustic works featuring Paul Zukofsky on violin. The electronic portion of Sahl's piece was realized at Morton Subotnick's studio. The computer music in the piece by Randall was created using the Music 4B program on an IBM 7094 at the computer centers of Columbia and Princeton.
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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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The Sounds and Music of the RCA Electronic Music Synthesizer
1955
USA
RCA Victor LM-1922 Experimental
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"Introducing the RCA Electronic Music Synthesizer - a system capable of creating any sound which has ever been produced, and any sound which can be imagined by the human mind..." This rare and amazing artifact is generally regarded as the 1st lp ever to feature a synthesizer. This demonstration of the then-unbelievable capabilities of the RCA Synth has explanations of the technology and science behind the punchcard-fed, room-sized machine (spoken in a stereotypical 1950s nerdy announcer voice, interspersed with synthesized example sounds), as well as actual music produced by the synth. There are classical works by Bach and Brahms, folk, pop, and jazz (including Irving Berlin's Blue Skies "in the style of a dance band"). The RCA Synth would a few years later be installed at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center where luminaries Vladimir Ussachevsky composed seminal experimental early electronic works using it.
100
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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Erik Satie: Piano Music Vol. 2-- La Belle Excentrique; Descriptions Automatiques; Véritables Préludes Flasques (Pour Un Chien); Vieux Sequins Et Vielles Cuirasses; En Habit De Cheval; Sports Et Divertissements; Chapitres Tournés En Tous Sens; Aperçus Désagréables
1968
USA
Angel S 36459
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Performed by Aldo Ciccolini. Cover art is Pablo Picasso's portrait of the composer.
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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.
65
Musique Concrete 1959 No. 2-- Pierre Schaeffer: Etude Aux Sons Animes (1958) / Luc Ferrari: Etude Aux Sons Tendus (1958) / Iannis Xenakis: Diamorphoses (1958)
1959
France
BAM EX 242
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Ultra rare amazing 7" of experimental early electronic tape music - the only record on which these pieces were released in gorgeous audiophile 45rpm - presenting the late 50s output of the legendary studio founded by Schaeffer, Le Groupe de Recherches Musicales De La R.T.F. (which eventually became the INA-GRM). These pioneering composers recorded "natural", non-synthesized sounds like machinery, instruments, bells, children's toys, animals, voices, etc., and created structured noise compositions by cutting up the tape, changing its speed, applying primitive filters, and using montage techniques. All 3 tracks are awe-inspiring, but especially notable is Xenakis' Diamorphoses, his first tape composition, constructed from the sounds of natural disasters and train and plane crashes, here presented in its lesser-heard original version.
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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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Sonic Arts Union: Electric Sound-- Alvin Lucier: Vespers (1968 for live electronics) / David Behrman: Runthrough (1968 for custom circuitry) / Gordon Mumma: Hornpipe (1967 for live electronics-processed french horn)/ Robert Ashley: Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon (1968 for electronic tape and voices)
1972
USA
Mainstream MS/5010
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Fantastic rare document of some of the earliest live electronic music, the lone album by this legendary group whose members would each go on to individual fame. Sonic Arts Union was a collective of experimental early electronic composers who assisted each other in performing their unconventional music on self-built synthesizers, noise-generating circuits, and repurposed machinery, their mission to create music "in which established techniques were thrown away and the nature of sound was dealt with from scratch." Produced by composer Earle Brown.
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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.
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The Sound Of Sounds
undated
USA
Directional Sound DS 5013
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Sound effects album with jets, trains, race cars, nature & animals, etc.
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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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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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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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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Ceylon (1970 for small group with live electronics); Bird of Passage (1970 for small group with live electronics)
1976
Germany
Chrysalis 6307 573
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Rarest original German pressing of these electroacoustic improvisation pieces influenced by free jazz and Indian music, featuring a mixture of jazz and eastern instruments and electronics including the Elektronium early electronic keyboard instrument manufactured by Hohner plus live electronic processing. With Peter Eotvos and Harald Boje on synths and the composer on eastern percussion.
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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Aus Den Sieben Tagen-- Kommunion (1968 for electronically processed improvising ensemble); Intensitat (1968 for electronically processed improvising ensemble)
1972
Germany
Deutsche Grammophon 2530 256
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Excellent improvisation sessions directed and live-electronic-processed by Stockhausen featuring the entire lineup of free improv group New Phonic Art, with Michel Portal (sax, flute, piano), Vinko Globokar (trombone), Jean-Pierre Drouet (percussion), Carlos Roque Alsina (piano, hammond organ), Johannes G. Fritsch (contact-miked viola), Alfred Alings (tamtam with microphone), Rolf Gehlhaar (tamtam with microphone), and Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark (contrabass). Stockhausen himself performs on short-wave receiver, glass with stones, filters, volume controls, nails, hammer, timber, sand-paper, file, rasp, car-horns, siren whistle, sound-direction, and voice.
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Morton Subotnick: 4 Butterflies (1974 for Buchla Electric Music Box)
1974
USA
Columbia Modern American Music Series M 32741
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Subotnick continues to explore the outer limits of his custom-built Buchla Electric Music Box system for creating brilliant microtonal drones and abstract electronic madness. Moments of synthetic tribal percussion freak outs morph into eery wind-like atmospheric howls in this piece patterned after the life cycle of the butterfly.
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[Sun Ra and The Blues Project as] The Sensational Guitars Of Dan & Dale: Batman And Robin
1966
USA
Tifton 78002
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Cheap copy of this legendary children's exploito Batman TV show cash-in album of fantastic psychedelic dance-surf-rock blues jams, featuring none other than Sun Ra on Hammond B-3 organ, Arkestra members John Gilmore and Marshall Allen on tenor and alto sax, Pat Patrick on bass, and Jimmy Owens and Tom McIntosh on trumpet and trombone, and Blues Project members Danny Kalb and Steve Katz on guitar, Andy Kulberg on bass, and Roy Blumenfeld on drums, who earned some then-much-needed quick cash to pseudonymously record this session. The result, while clearly much more commercial than anything else done by either band, is fascinating and quite enjoyable. All of the tracks apart from the Neal Hefti "Batman Theme" are blues built on familiar material including Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Bach, and the Beatles. Original mono pressing, missing original inner sleeve.
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Francis Thorne: Liebesrock (1968) / T.J. Anderson: Chamber Symphony / Michael Brozen: In Memoriam (1968)
1970
USA
CRI SD 258
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With James Dixon conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and soprano Janet Price.
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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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Vladimir Ussachevsky: Colloquy (1976 for orchestra and tape); Dialogues And Contrasts (1983 for brass quintet and tape)
1987
USA
CRI SD 543
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Scarce album released for Ussachevsky's 75th birthday presenting the electronic pioneer's final works. Colloquy is an insane "conversation" between the electronic tape and the orchestra, complete with the tape recorder talking to the orchestra in a processed vocoder voice (spoken by Ussachevsky himself!) between beautiful segments of tape-manipulated noise. The lines are in rhymed couplets in a sort of whimsical defense of electronic music against stuffy old-school classical musicians. The tape eventually impresses the musicians with its demonstrations of synthesized sounds and musique concrete processing of each of the orchestra's instruments, and together they prove that they can coexist in harmony - certainly it's the strangest and most humorous Ussachevsky composition. With the Utah Symphony Orchestra under Maurice Abranavel and the American Brass Quintet.
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Adolph Weiss: American Life scherzoso jazzoso (1929 for orchestra) / John Alden Carpenter: Krazy Kat (1921 for orchestra) / Henry F. Gilbert: The Dance In Place Congo (1908 for orchestra) / John Powell: Rhapsodie Negre (1917 for piano and orchestra)
1977
USA
New World NW 228
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Early 20th century classical influenced by jazz and African American folk, including an avant garde piece by Schoenberg's first American pupil Weiss, plus a beautiful cover by the Synchromism painter Morgan Russell. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra performs with Calvin Simmons and Lawrence Foster conducting and pianist Zita Carno.
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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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Music for three pianos in sixths of tones-- Ivan Wyschnegradsky: Dialogue a Trois (1974); Composition (1961); Prelude et Fugue (1945) / Bruce Mather: Poeme du Delire (1982) / Jack Behrens: Aspects (1983)
1985
Canada
McGill University 83017
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Beautiful unopened copy of this ultra rare Canadian university private pressing with first recordings of stunning microtonal piano experiments performed by Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Paul Helmer, and Francois Couture, with Mather conducting. All of side 1 is devoted to the woefully underrecorded visionary Wyschnegradsky. The gorgeous and utterly alien sound worlds in these pioneering compositions were realized on 3 conventional pianos tuned precise microintervals apart.
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Iannis Xenakis: Syrmos (1959 for 18 strings); Polytope (1967 for 4 orchestras scattered throughout the audience); Medea (1967 for men's chorus, galets, and orchestra)
1969
USA
Candide CE 31049
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Avant garde pieces conducted by Marius Constant experimenting with spatial sound projection and mathematically-derived 'stochastic' music, with a beautiful cover by op-art painter Victor Vasarely. Missing insert.
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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.





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