Pauline Oliveros - Primordial / Lift




Now we have the return of the original mix by Andrew Deutsch and it completely transforms the work. The two original tracks are replaced by a much longer single (master)piece.

CD jointly released on Deep Listening and Institute For Electronic Arts in 2006.

Primordial / Lift

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Pauline Oliveros - Primordial Lift




Originally, this was mixed by Andrew Deutsch but, for some reason, he was removed entirely and replaced by a live mix from Chris Borkowski. Whilst a great piece of work, something was definitely lost on the two tracks but it would take another seven years to find out exactly how much. This is also highly notable for having Tony Conrad on violin.

CD released on Table Of The Elements in 1999.

Primordial Lift

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Pauline Oliveros - The Well And The Gentle




Pauline with her equivalent of a full orchestra performing pieces recorded in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Cologne during 1984.

Double LP released on hat ART in 1985.

The Well And The Gentle

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Pauline Oliveros - Tara's Room




Exquisite processed accordion and multi-tracked instruments and vocals. All courtesy of Pauline ...

Originally a self-released tape, this is the CD released on Deep Listening in 2004.

Tara's Room

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Pauline Oliveros / Eliane Radigue / Yoshi Wada / Sun Circle - Attention Patterns




Introducing something that needs no introduction is a bit pointless. It's not like you'd actually read it. Bit of a waste of time really.

Double LP and accompanying booklet jointly released by Important Records and Black Pollen Press in 2010.

Attention Patterns

48-page Booklet

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Eliane Radigue - Trilogie De La Mort




A series of exquisite droneworks conceived and created between 1985 and 1993.

Triple CD released on Experimental Intermedia Foundation in 1998.

Kyema

Kailasha

Koumé

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Eliane Radigue - Chry-ptus




"Originally two tapes which are to be played simultaneously, with or without synchronisation, which does not affect the structure of the work, but creates changes in the game of sub-harmonics and overtones. Three variations on this piece were performed at the New York Cultural Center in 1971, with variations of amplitude and location modulation as well as synchronisation and de-synchronisation up to one minute both way. Realised on the Buchla Synthesizer at the New York University."

The original works from 1971 accompanied by respective versions from 2001 and 2006.

Double CD released on Schoolmap in 2007.

Chry-ptus

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Eliane Radigue - Feedback Works




More processed tape recorder feedback drone that includes two mixes of Vice Versa.

... et cetera ...

Double LP released on Alga Marghen in 2012.

Feedback Works

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Eliane Radigue - Vice Versa, etc....




Originally self-released as a reel to reel stereo tape in 1970 in an edition of only 10 copies. Ostensibly, it's one long sublime drone that can be played in either channel or both, forwards or backwards, at any speed you like and for as long as you like. It's well worth nipping across to the release page for a broader explanation.

Double CD released on Important Records in 2009.

Vice Versa, etc....

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Eliane Radigue - Biogenesis

Considered by many to be the greatest entry in Metamkine's Cinema Pour L'Orielle series, "Biogenesis" was composed by the magnificent Eliane Radigue in 1973 and first performed in New York in 1974. The piece was finally released in 1996 and is wonderful in every way. I'll bet the first thing you do after listening to this 21-minute masterpiece is play it again from the beginning. I did not want this to end. I hope you feel the same way.

Eliane Radigue - Biogenesis

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Roger De La Frayssenet - Kitnabudja Town




We're coming to the end of the Cinéma Pour L'Oreille series. We haven't posted the three Lionel Marchetti discs or Frame by Eric M. On Discogs, there is also a missing catalogue number (MKCD030) that I haven't been able to identify ... maybe it doesn't exist.

As a consolation, here's a concrète collage dedicated to Roger's Corsican grand father and to Jérôme Noetinger.

Roger De La Frayssenet is, of course, Lionel Marchetti.

CD released on Metamkine in 1997.

Kitnabudja Town

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Luc Ferrari - Unheimlich Schön

Another historical entry in the sound-movie series, this is a 1971 piece by the one and only Luc Ferrari.

Luc Ferrari - Unheimlich Schön

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Bernhard Günter - Impossible Grey




I nearly didn't post this one. I was convinced that my rip had degraded (which it had) and tried different degrees of amplification to bring it back to life. Then I got into an internal dilemma about posting something that actually had nothing to do with what Bernard intended.

Thankfully, CPI strode purposefully to the rescue with her flac rip of the CD ...

Bernhard Günter reworking source material provided by Marc Behrens on a 3" CD released on Metamkine in 1997.

Impossible Grey

... and then she blew my mind clean away with her edit of the track. Following a simple (if you're a genius) rule of isolating every 20 seconds of each channel and normalising the volume ... the track explodes into life. The depths revealed are an absolute revelation!

Once you've heard the CD, you really need to listen to this!

... and now that your attention is well and truly grabbed, take a stroll through the CPI site and definitely watch this!

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Maurizio Martusciello - Unsettled Line


Released in 2000, this is a rare solo work by Italian composer Maurizio Martusciello, who you may know from his work with Metaxu, Z.E.L.L.E., Ossatura, or his duo with his brother Elio.

Maurizio Martusciello - Unsettled Line

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Bernard Fort - Fractals




High speed car chase performed by toy cars with dysfunctional batteries and dial up tone reminders. Another insightful and erudite interpretation courtesy of moi. What? You want me to analyse it's position in the canon of great music? Hmm, you're new here. Tip the waiter on the way out ...

Excellent 3" CD released on Metamkine in 1996.

Fractals

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Jérôme Noetinger - Gloire A...

For the third entry in his Cinema Pour L'Orielle series in 1992, Metamkine's own Jerome Noetinger released a rare studio composition of his own.

Jérôme Noetinger - Gloire A...

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Zbigniew Karkowski - Consciously Unconscious Unconsciously Conscious




This will do whatever you want it to do. One of my favourite pieces by Mr K.

Perfectly titled 3" CD released on Metamkine in 2002.

Consciousness

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Jim O'Rourke - Rules of Reduction

If you have but a passing interest in musique concrete, then American shapeshifter Jim O'Rourke's entry in the Cinema Pour L'Orielle series might be simply an entertaining little EP. If, however, you've heard and absorbed the work of Luc Ferrari, Pierre Schaffer and the other heavyweights, then "Rules of Reduction" is a laugh-out-loud, respectful homage to the cliches and techniques of French tape music. See how many you can spot. The more you listen, the more you'll hear. It's more than a mere succession of audio jokes, of course; think of it as if Edgar Wright treated electroacoustic music the way he did zombie movies in "Shaun of the Dead". It works on its own, while layers exist for those who can pick them out.

Jim O'Rourke - Rules Of Reduction

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Jean-François Laporte - Mantra




Inspired electronics that points firmly towards creators not of this earth.

3" CD released on Metamkine in 2000.

Mantra

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Michel Chion - Credo Mambo

Composed and released in 1992 as a 3"CD by Metamkine's Cinema Pour L'Orielle imprint.

Michel Chion - Credo Mambo

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Philippe Mion - Confidence




If Richard David James made musique concrète it would go a little something like this ...

3" CD released on Metamkine in 1995.

Confidence

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Michel Chion - Dix-Sept Minutes

Recorded at INA-GRM in 2000, released by Metamkine in 2002.

Michel Chion - Dix-Sept Minutes

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Michèle Bokanowski - L'Étoile Absinthe




A genuinely haunting and pleasantly disturbing piece of work that would compliment any of Guillermo del Toro's earlier films ... the horror pornographers could learn a lot about tension just by listening to this.

3" CD released on Metamkine in 2002.

L'Étoile Absinthe

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Michèle Bokanowski - Tabou

Released in 1992, this first 3"CD to be released on Metamkine's Cinema Pour L'Orielle series was a 1984 piece by classical electro-acoustic composer Michèle Bokanowski.

Michèle Bokanowski - Tabou

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Dominique Petitgand - 10 Petites Compositions Familiales




When this finishes, I always wish there was more ... feel free to paint your own pictures.

3" CD released on Metamkine in 1996.

10 Petites Compositions Familiales

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Michel Chion - Gloria

Metamkine's curator and publisher Jerome Noetinger must be a big fan of Michel Chion. He released three different titles by Chion on his Cinema Pour L'Orielle imprint, more than any other composer in the series, and would compose two massive (double CD!) collaborative pieces with both him and Lionel Marchetti in 2004 and 2016. "Gloria" was composed in 1994 at the legendary INA-GRM studios and released as a 3"CD in 1995.

Michel Chion - Gloria

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Jean-Marc Duchenne - Feuillets D'Album




I reckon that Rudolf Eb.er would doff his proverbial schimpfluchian concrète chapeau in this direction. Yeah, on here, that counts as a recommendation.

3" CD released on Metamkine in 1995.

Feuillets D'Album

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Patrick Ascione - Métamorphose D'Un Jaune Citron

Another historical piece of tape music, this one ("Metamorphosis of a Yellow Lemon"?) from 1979 is by French acousmatic composer Patrick Ascione. Released by Metamkine in 1995.

Patrick Ascione - Métamorphose D'Un Jaune Citron

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Les Kristoff K. Roll et Le Compañeros Band - Des Travailleurs De La Nuit, À L'Amie Des Objets




Dialogue driven black and white concrète protestation.

3" CD released on Metamkine in 1997.

Des Travailleurs De La Nuit...

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Ralf Wehowsky - Nameless Victims

Composed in 1994 and 1995 and released by Metamkine in 1996 as part of their ten-year, 30-title Cinema Pour L'Orielle series, "Nameless Victims" is a very modern descendant of Walter Ruttmann's "Weekend". Severe, austere, and uncompromising sound by Ralf Wehowsky, who you may know as RLW or from his work with the seminal group P16.D4 and the Selektion label.

Ralf Wehowsky - Nameless Victims

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Betrand Dubedout - Aux Lampions




Reversed mouth organ and accordion accompanying a one legged tap dancer practicing his art before he falls down a flight of stairs ... and that's only the start.

3" CD released on Metamkine in 1994.

Aux Lampions

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Walter Ruttmann - Weekend

While most of the titles in Metamkine's Cinema Pour L'Orielle series feature contemporary tape music, this little 3"CD is of historical significance. It was commissioned by Berlin Radio in 1928 (yes, you read that year correctly) and completed in 1930 by the experimental and documentary film director Walter Ruttman, who conceived it as, literally, a movie without images. Ruttman's documentary work would lead to his production of German newsreels (aka Nazi propaganda films) during World War II, even working on "Triumph of the Will" with Leni Reifenstahl. But don't let that unsavory association prevent you from enjoying "Weekend" on its own merits as a landmark in electro-acoustic music and audio art.

Walter Ruttmann - Weekend

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Hervé Castellani - Deux Silences




Field recordings and electronic tones looped around periods of silence that is a lot more captivating than I've made it sound.

3" CD released on Metamkine in 1997.

Deux Silences

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Christine Groult - L'Heure Alors S'Incline

More necessary listening from the Cinema Pour L'Orielle series of electroacoustic pictureless movies on 3"CD, released by Metamkine in 1993. Groult calls this piece an homage to Luigi Nono.

Christine Groult - L'Heure Alors S'Incline

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Alain De Filippis - Ton Dieu Ne S'appelle-t-il Pas Ego?




Cinematic electronics that ranges from birdsong to crunchy noise.

3" CD released on Metamkine in 1994.

Ton Dieu Ne S'appelle-t-il Pas Ego?

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Christian Zanési - Grand Bruit

Classic musique concrete recorded in 1990, released as a 3"CD in 1994 as part of Metamkine's indispensable Cinéma Pour L'Oreille series, which published 30 such little discs in ten years, starting in 1992. Every one of them is essential listening. If you haven't yet immersed yourself in this world, today is your lucky day: put on some good headphones, turn out the lights, get comfortable and let the audio movies begin.

Christian Zanesi - Grand Bruit

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Gen Ken Montgomery‎ - Postcards 1981-1986




Another collection of impossibly rare early works courtesy of the wonderful Frank Maier.

Double LP released on Vinyl-on-demand in 2012.

...and you really should go and pay a visit to the Generations Unlimited site.

Post

Cards

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Gen Ken Montgomery - Pondfloorsample




A great collection of studio and live material raised from the archives ... as far as I know, none of this had previously seen the light of day.

Double CD released on XI Records in 2002.

Studio

Live

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Gen Ken Montgomery - Drilling Holes In The Wall




Compilation of studio and live material that shares it's name with the tape released in 1990 on Ken's own Generations Unlimited. The first track is from that impossibly rare tape, the second is from the Beyond My Ken LP that I've already posted and the other three tracks had never previously been released.

CD released on Monochrome Vision in 2007.

Drilling Holes In The Wall

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va - Revue & Corrigée 80


The French music magazine Revue & Corrigée would sometimes come with a CD stuck inside, and this is one of those. Classic musique concrete by Daniel Deshays, Denis Dufour et Charles Pennequin, which appeared in issue #80 (June 2009) of the magazine.

va - Revue & Corrigée 80

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Gen Ken - Greatest Hits




Whilst the title is clearly intended to be ironic, this collection of superior post-punk synthwerk (created between 1981 and 1986) should have been broadcast instead of the god awful shit that constipated the airwaves of the time.

LP released on De Fabriek's De Fabriek label in 1986.

Greatest Hits

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Le Syndicat - Maximalist

By 1998, Le Syndicat had fully embraced techno-industrial beats, making "Maximalist" the friendliest record of their career by that point.  It was released as a CD by Daft Records, the Belgian label run by Dirk Ivens of The Klinik and Absolute Body Control.

Le Syndicat - Maximalist

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Gen Ken - Beyond My Ken




The storm clouds are gathering, prepare for the alien rain ...

LP released on Discos Esplendor Geometrico in 1989.

Beyond My Ken

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Le Syndicat - Sardanapale

Like "Macisto Fuzztanz" from two years earlier, "Sardanapale" features the rhythmic side of erstwhile noise duo Le Syndicat. Released as a CD on Staaltape in 1991.

Le Syndicat - Sardanapale

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Gen Ken Montgomery - Onomatopia Meccanica




Onomatopia Meccanica is the best way to describe these tape manipulation, found sound and electronics explorations ...

C46 released on Old Europa Cafe in 1990.

Onomatopia Meccanica

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Roger Doyle & Manuel Rocha Iturbide - Distant Relations

Two long pieces by Mexican composer Manuel Rocha Iturbide and Irish composer Roger Doyle, who you might know from his old band Operating Theater. The CD came inside the book "Distant Relations: Irish, Mexican and Chicano Art and Critical Writing".

Roger Doyle & Manuel Rocha Iturbide - Distant Relations

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Gen Ken Montgomery & Conrad Schnitzler - GENCON Duets




Ken Montgomery on electronics and tape manipulation with Conrad Schnitzler on piano creating almost incidental domesticity.

CD released on GD Stereo in 2010.

GENCON Duets

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Chop Shop - Scraps




Magnificent swirling and hypnotic looped electronics from the man who I wish was still recording so that I could wake up every day hoping for more.

Self-released C46 from 1989.

Scraps

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Chop Shop - Steel Plate




It's never a competition, but I can't remember an American artist getting this close to classic Japanese noise (and I mean that as the highest compliment btw).

Double 10" housed in plate steel and released on RRRecords in 1991.

Steel Plate

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Chop Shop - Tension Charge Discharge




Probably atypical example of Scott Konzelmann's work as Chop Shop in that it drifts in, builds up and drifts out. Break out your headphones for this one. Gorgeous.

Released on V2_Archief in 1994.

Tension Charge Discharge

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