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Musique Concrète Soundtracks To Experimental Short Films 1956-1978 - Volume One

Musique Concrète Soundtracks To Experimental Short Films 1956-1978 - Volume One

$125.00

Near-Mint Condition

Archival Series 

New England Electric Music Company – NEEMC 01

Tracklist:

1 Tom Dissevelt– Glas

2 Gershon Kingsley– Pixillation

3 Percy Grainger– Free Music

Technician – Burnett Cross

4 Pierre Boulez– Symphonie Mechanique

5 Joan La Barbara– Dance Frame

Glas (1959) is the music of the film directed by Bert Haanstra (misspelled as "Henstra" on the release).
Pixillation (1971) is the music of the film directed by Lillian Schwartz.
Free Music (1970).
Symphonie mécanique (misspelled as Symphonie mechanique) is the music of the film directed by Jean Mitry in 1955 (and not in 1956 as mislabeled on release).
Dance Frame (1978) is the music of the film directed by Doris Chase.

The music on the this disc is pulled from five shorts, opening with the music from 1958's 'Glas' by Tom Dissevelt which is easily a blueprint for early Cabaret Voltaire music with tape manipulation, found sounds and hypnotic vocal loops. The music from 'Pixillation' is from 1971 and uses a healthy balance of rhythmic analogue synths, lead organ and various percussion. It's by Gershon Kingsley, composer of the theme to TV game show "The Joker's Wild"! The spacey drones on 'Free Music' by Perry Grainger accompanies dialogue about space exploration which could easily pop up on a Jack Dangers 'Sounds of the 20th Century' series while Pierre Boulez' 'Symphonic Mechanique' from 1956 is full of Stockhausen-esque audio manipulations, accented with piano, bass, and xylophone sounds. Volume One concludes with, "Dance Frame" with music by Joan LaBarbara, using nightmarish vocals and an equally creepy bed of noise.

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CD GRADING DEFINITIONS:

MINT: Never opened, sealed.

NM: Opened, appears unplayed.

EX: A few very light surface marks.

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