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AMM / Ammmusic / Vinyl LP / Black Truffle / BT018
Black Truffle is honoured to present the first vinyl reissue of the classic debut album from AMM, AMMMusic. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of its recording in 1966, this reissue makes one of the cornerstones of the experimental music tradition available again in its original form, replete with Keith Rowe’s beautiful pop art cover and the terse aphorisms by the group that served as its original liner notes. A testament to the interaction between the experimental avant-garde and the countercultural underground, the album was originally released on Elektra, recorded by Jac Holzman (the label’s founder, responsible for signing The Doors, Love, and The Stooges) and produced by DNA, a group that included Pink Floyd‘s first manager Peter Jenner. (Pink Floyd paid tribute to AMM’s influence on their improvisational sensibility with the track ‘Flaming’ on their debut album, named after the piece that occupies AMMMusic’s first side, ‘Later During a Flaming Riviera Sunset’). Formed in 1965 by three players from the emerging British jazz avant-garde – Keith Rowe and Lou Gare had played with the great progressive big band leader Mike Westbrook and Eddie Prévost played in a post-bop group with Gare – AMM quickly evolved from a free jazz group into something decidedly more difficult to categorise. By the time these recordings were made, two more members had joined the group: another Westbrook associate, Lawrence Sheaf, and the radical composer Cornelius Cardew. Then at work on his masterpiece of graphic notation Treatise, Cardew brought with him extensive experience of the post-serialist and Cageian currents in contemporary composition. Using a combination of conventional instruments and unconventional methods of sound production (most famously Keith Rowe’s prepared tabletop guitar, but also prepared piano and transistor radio), the group performed improvised pieces often running for over two hours and ranging from extended periods of silence to terrifying cacophonies. Evan Parker famously described the improvisational logic of AMM’s music as ‘laminal’, in contrast to the ‘atomistic’ approach more common among the generation of British improvisers (Bailey, Rutherford, Stevens and co.) to which he himself belonged. AMM improvised in layers: layers of sound subtly rising and falling or abruptly starting and stopping without being propelled by the implied pulse of free jazz improvisation. Rather than a pulse, AMM’s music began with the sound of the room in which it was played, the Cageian anarchy of silence. By embracing the non-synchronous simultaneity of layered sound, AMM was able to create a musical container into which nearly anything could be incorporated at any moment: on AMMMusic, long tones sit next to abrasive thuds, the howl of uncontrolled feedback accompanies Cardew’s purposeful piano chords, radios beam in snatches of orchestral music (and, on the LP’s second side, an extended fragment of ‘Mockingbird’). AMM’s clearest break with jazz-based improvisation concerned the idea of individuality. Where improvised music has tended to foster the development of idiosyncratic stylists who move freely from one group to another, AMM, initially through an engagement with eastern philosophy and mysticism and later though a politicized communitarianism, sought to develop a collective sonic identity in which individual contributions could barely be discerned. In the performances captured on AMMMusic the use of numerous auxiliary instruments and devices, including radios played by three members of the group, contribute to the sensation that the music is composed as a single monolithic object with multiple facets, rather than as an interaction between five distinct voices. – Francis Plagne Remastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M Berlin and presented in an exact replica sleeve of the original 1966 release by Stephen O’Malley.
Wolf Vostell / Concert Fluxus "Sara-Jevo" / Vinyl LP / Edition Telemark, Tochnit Aleph  / 314.02, TA125"
Realised at Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Mallorca, Spain. September 9, 1994. Wolf Vostell: Actions, electronics, tapes; Nancy Bellow: Soprano; Mercedes Guardado; Ximbomba. Co-released on the Edition Telemark and Tochnit Aleph labels. A limited edition of 450 copies in fantastic full-colour gatefold sleeve, with printed inner sleeve featuring photos of the concert.
Craow / Difference Between Days / Vinyl LP / Death Shadow Records / deathshadow# 003
The first of two LP re-releases of early recordings by Sean Halpin aka Craow. These recordings show a stripped down, more raw version of Halpin’s beast. Droning synths and noise are met with post-punk and industrial elements. Unconstrained by boundaries, Halpin utilizes any and all forms of experimental music to achieve a thoroughly dark and anxious atmosphere. Originally released as a limited tape on Corpse Without Soul in 2011, Death Shadow Records is pleased to present these recordings to the public again. Remastered for vinyl by J Short, this release is presented in an edition of only 100 copies.
Ghedalia Tazartes / Hystérie Off Music / Vinyl LP / Holidays Records / HOL074
At the beginning, Hystérie off Music was conceived as a catalogue record, an open field where the author could play with all musical genres and their stereotypes, but then evolved rapidly into an uncompromising clash of field recordings, sampled instruments and Tazartès' incomparable vocal eclecticism, made of emotional psalms and shamanic hymns. The Encyclopédie of genres turns into a childish - and sometimes scary - play and the song titles mislead the listener introducing him to a completely new classification. Recorded in early 2000s and released on CD in 2007 by the French label Jardin au Fou, it's now available in a remastered vinyl version - with an excellent cut made by SST in Frankfurt - for the best listening experience of this cinematic electronic collage. A true movie for the ear. Released on Holidays Records in a limited edition of 350 copies on black vinyl.
Peter Brötzman, Bill Laswell / Low Life/Last Exit / Vinyl LP / Jazzwerkstatt / JW10012
Artist: Peter Brötzman, Bill Laswell Title: Low Life/Last Exit Format: Vinyl LP, Limited Edition, Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve Label: Jazzwerkstatt Catalogue #: JW10012 Country: Germany Date Released: July 2013
Sunburned Hand Of The Man / Mind Of A Brother / Vinyl LP / Feeding Tube Records, Manhand / FTR198, Manhand ‎001
Amazing archival retrieval (with extra material on the download) of the first release by long-running human zoo known as Sunburned. Forged in the heat of Kristin Anderson’s Charlestown loft, the group more or less descended straight from the corpse of Shit Spangled Banner, although they did not assume the band name until 1997 (two years after the first protean jams had started). The material on the album was recorded in 1997 & ’98, often deep in the grip of acid flashes, and it really shows. Over the course of their nearly two-decade lifetime, Sunburned has been many things, but it’s easy to forget how spacily jazzoid and proggily psyched-out their initial gushes were. The music here is wildly explorative and crazily inventive, sharing a clear affinity with fellow travelers No Neck Blues Band. Indeed, the second edition of the CDR of this album was created to be sold on a 1999 tour which was No Neck, John Fahey and Sunburned. One can only shudder at the mere thought. Anyway, this may well be one of the best Sunburned albums. It has a bizarre sweetness I never noticed in the band back then, because they always seemed like thugs underneath everything else. But you can really sense it here. And Rob Thomas’ excellent liner notes attest to the benign flow of their early visions. How nice to hear where this weird trip started. -Byron Coley, 2015
Craow / Preferable Execution By Firing Squad / Vinyl LP / Death Shadow Records / deathshadow004
The second in a set of LP re-releases of early recordings by Sean Halpin aka Craow. On Preferable Execution By Firing Squad, we see Halpin further honing his craft and once again immersing us in complete and total darkness. Recorded completely with his jaw wired shut, these recordings show Craow in its darkest form to date. Originally released as a limited tape on Corpse Without Soul in 2011, Death Shadow Records is pleased to present these recordings to the public again. Remastered for vinyl by J Short, this release is presented in an edition of only 100 copies.
LR (Loke Rahbek) / The Fragility Of Happiness / Vinyl LP / Morte Creations / Morte_09
LR (Loke Rahbek) / The Fragility Of Happiness / Vinyl LP / Morte Creations / Morte_09