Black Star At The Point Of Darkness

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Recorded in Tangier, this album is a unique kaleidoscope of Paul Bowles’ talents. The writer, musician, musicologist and wanderer reads poems and short stories, and shares recordings of ritual Morrocan music. Jean-Luc Fafchamps performs what Bowles considered one of his most accomplished works, the Six Preludes for Piano.



(Sub Rosa - SRV156) Used LP $22.00 (Out-of-stock)

Late ’90s integration of melodic structures with urban soundscapes from a strange and electric, dark and ambiguous universe — a parallel world between offbeat Texas rockabilly and soundmass of ’60s New York avant garde.


4 Parabolic Mixes

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Musicians of different generations attempt new mixes on the basis of Pousseur’s original eight parabolic studies. The first mix (not a re-mix) is a re-interpretation by Pousseur himself. The second mix is Robert Hampson’s (aka Main), who gives a personal but faithful interpretation of Pousseur’s studies. Another degree of alteration is highlighted by Philip Jeck, who creates a massive and powerful set, adding sounds from other sources (totally allowed according to Pousseur’s original concept). Markus Popp (aka Oval) produces a piece far removed from its sources.


The Cloud Doctrine

(Sub Rosa - SR182) 2xCD $15.00 (Out-of-stock)

159 minutes of minimal electronic music, readings, and soundtrack pieces circa 1963-1976 by this avant-garde mad dog. Taken from his own archives and featuring contributions from Tony Conrad, John Cale, Piero Heliczer, Beverly Grant Conrad, and Hetty Maclise. Packaged with a historical text by Gerard Malanga, and unpublished photos.


The Salmar Construction

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Previously unreleased recordings made at IRCAM in 1983 by the composer on his unique instrument, a large music synthesis engine believed to be the first interactive “composing machine” with digital logic circuits at its heart. Sealed


Four Electronic Pieces 1959-1966

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Early and definitive contributions to tape and electronic music finely displayed here — Oliveros’s systematic exploration of electronic sounds, which was fundamental to this period. If ‘Mnemonics’ prefigures her meditative and breathing pieces, ‘V of IV’ structures sound as noise, ‘Time Perspectives’ is her first variations on silence, an ambitious four-channel work made by recording small sounds from objects resonated on a wooden wall, changing the tape speed, using cardboard tubes as filters by inserting the mic into them and a bathtub as a reverberation chamber, while ‘Once Again’ develops a wild energy that out-strips itself.


Works 1958-1979

(Sub Rosa - SR178) Used CD $15.00 (Out-of-stock)

Hommage à John Cage (1958-1959), Étude for Pianoforte (1959-1960) and Simple (1961) are good examples of Paik's neo-dada music, de-structuration, and irreverent collage. Prepared Piano for Merce Cunningham (1977) captures an improvised performance on a de-tuned piano (it was later mixed and edited for use by Cunningham, but this raw, straight-to-tape version was favored by the composer). Duett: Paik/Takis (1979), the only previously released piece (Edition Kölnischer Kunstverein 1979), is an improvisation on piano and voice, with Takis on his own metal sculptures. Sealed


Psalms, Stories and Music

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Rare ritual music, psalms, dialogue and stories of revolt from the last descendants of the Mayan culture recorded in 1989 Thierry Zéno. Music for the Day of the Dead, music heralding All Saints’ Day, the chant of authority changing hands, sanctifying rituals, dialogue in the language of the Maya, field recordings of Christmas night and Carnival and a fragment of speech of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. The traditional Tzotzile orchestra is made up of instruments of their own fabrication — harps, guitars, drums, little fiddles, and water pipes that mimic bird song.


Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music / Second A-Chronology

(Sub Rosa - SR200) CD + CD-ROM $14.00

Academics and mavericks (Vladimir Ussachevsky + Otto Luening, Luc Ferrari, Tod Dockstader, Johanna M. Beyer, Morton Subotnick, Daphne Oram, Scanner, Hugh Davies, Alan R. Splet, Kim Cascone) rub elbow patches with Autechre, Multiphonic Ensemble, Meira Asher + Guy Harries, Choose, Woody McBride, Arcane Device, Laibach, SPK, Percy Grainger, Sun Ra And The Arkestra, Captain Beefheart. Contains mainly unreleased works in a digipak sleeve with a 40-page booklet. The enhanced CD contains the video of "She's Too Much For My Mirror / My Human Gets Me Blues" by Captain Beefheart.


Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music / First A-Chronology

(Sub Rosa - SR190) Used 2xCD $15.00

Major works, rarities, previously unreleased tracks, and a "huh?" track or two. With Luigi and Antonio Russolo (1921), John Cage (1965), Sonic Youth (1983), Pauline Oliveros (1966), Iannis Xenakis (1958), Einsturzende Neubauten (1998), Dj Spooky (2001), Maclise-Conrad-Cale (1965), Henri Pousseur (1957), and more.


Le Groupe Surréaliste Révolutionnaire, Dotremont er Broodthaers (1939-1978) - Volume 3

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Rare archival recordings from Belguim: The Groupe Surréaliste du Hainaut, 1939 (with Achille Chavée, Fernand Dumont, Pol Bury, André Simon, Marcel Lefrancq), The Groupe Surréalisme Révolutionnaire, 1948 (with Christian Dotremont, Marcel Broodthaers, Paul Colinet, Achille Chavée), the Revues : Temps Mêlés, 1952 (with André Blavier), Phantomas 1953 (with Marcel Havrenne, Théodore Koenig, Marcel Piqueray), Les Lèvres Nues, 1954 (with Marcel Mariën), Daily Bul 1957 (with André Balthazar, Pol Bury, Marcel Havrenne, Paul Colinet, Marcel Piqueray), and the two outsiders: Marcel Broodthaers and Jean-Pierre Verheggen.


Tibetan Buddhist Rites from the Monasteries of Bhutan

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“For the rituals of the Drupka Order, the primary instrument is the long golden trumpet, along with various drums and percussion and a deep droning bass. Rather than soothingly meditative, the music, which can be a bit dissonant to Western ears, is chanted by 76 lamas and monks and played with long trumpets, shawms, cymbals, drums and other Tibetan instruments in sacred temples. The monastic music of Nyingmapa Order, recorded in a great fort-like monastery called a dzong, uses ethereal polytonal throat chanting, the long trumpets, shawms and percussion instruments.” Originally released in 1972 by Lyrichord as three separate records, t his 2005 reissue is packaged in a 56pp hardback book with liner notes, photographs, and musical illustrations by John Levy. Sealed


Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music / Fifth A-Chronology

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Works that have ripped apart ancient definitions, international in scope and a focused on the voice — not sung words, but on recitations, distortions, renderings made abstract or disaggregated and screamed. Masonna, Charlemagne Palestine, Pere Ubu, Sutcliffe Jügend, Li Chin Sung aka Dickson Dee, Rogelio Sosa, Christian Galaretta, Richard Maxfield, Wolf Vostell, André Boucourechliev, Mauricio Kagel, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Raoul Hausmann, Gil Joseph Wolman, Leo Kupper, Josef Anton Riedl, Sten Hanson & Henri Chopin, Dajuin Yao, Ground Zero, Club Moral and Dub Taylor. 54-page booklet.


Anthology of Chinese Experimental Music 1992-2008

(Sub Rosa - SR265) 4xCD $25.00 (Out-of-stock)

Forty-eight tracks from Mainland China (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Shanxi, Harbin), and from countries within the Chinese area of influence (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia) that look at the recent past and the key role of pioneers like Wang Fan, Dajuin Yao, and also Hong Kong-based Li Chin Sung aka Dickson Dee who, for almost two decades, has been spreading the word about experimental music in Mainland China. Includes the short yet intense advent and history of the Chinese noise explosion, co-written by Zbigniew Karkowski and Yan Jun, “The Sound of the Underground: An Overview of Experimental and Non-Academic Music in China.” Documented for the very first time, this release provides a complete panorama of the roots and buds of an ever-growing, promising experimental community in China and beyond, with nearly five hours of music.