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Artist: ANAL MAGIC AND REV. DWIGHT FRIZZELL
Title: Beyond The Black Crack
Format: LP
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"Paradigm Discs present a 40th anniversary vinyl reissue of Anal Magic And Rev. Dwight Frizzells Beyond The Black Crack. It was originally released in mono, in an edition of 200 by Cavern Custom in 1976. Beyond the Black Crack was the concept of Reverend Dwight Frizzell, a musician, film maker, doctor of metaphysics and minister in the Universal Church of Life. Mentioned on the pivotal Nurse With Wound list, it remains a little known classic and one of the most unique listening experiences in modern experimental music. Recorded between 1974 and 1976 in locations as diverse as factories, the pyramid opposite Harry Trumans grave site, as well as more "conventional" concert settings. Beyond The Black Crack is a dark, dizzying and exhilarating journey through free jazz, electronics and environmental sound, all shattered by Frizzells radical tape editing. This reissue has been remastered from the tapes. Includes a four-page booklet with photos from the time; Pressed at Optimal in an edition of 500 (numbered)." - Paradigm Discs.

Artist: BOHMAN, ADAM
Title: Bunhill Row
Format: LP
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $20.00
"In 1980, ADAM BOHMAN (MORPHOGENESIS, THE BOHMAN BROTHERS) made his first recordings using two budget cassette recorders, an ordinary trumpet, and a variety of other acoustic instruments and objects, many of which are still part of the current Bohman armory. Bunhill Row was Bohmans first complete album of material, but it and subsequent releases from the time remained in tiny cassette editions made for friends or exchanged through the mail art network. On vinyl for the first time, Paradigm Discs hand-numbered reissue opens another window into the incredibly fruitful astral alignment that occurred over London at this time." - Paradigm Discs.

Artist: BOHMAN, ADAM
Title: Music and Words 2
Format: CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
"Music and Words 2 is the much-delayed second installment in an ongoing series of archival documents of Adam Bohmans early work. As with the first volume, this CD is divided into two separate areas of his work. Adam is probably best known as an improviser, playing prepared instruments and objects, but the music here uses little of these purely-improvised techniques. On this CD, the musical sections consist of idiosyncratic lo-fi songs alongside short collage pieces and other experiments, recorded on stereo and 4-track cassette recorders. Most of these pieces date from the early 80s, but the earliest recording is from 1977. The spoken-word sections on this CD are centered on excerpts from three talking tapes -- a trip to Southend, a concert series in Wiesbaden and a day in the life, in London. Anyone who has known Adam for any length of time will know that he frequently records his observations to a small portable cassette recorder. These are often recorded for friends and music contacts from all over the world. As with the musical contributions, all of these cassettes exist in very small quantities, and often they are editions of only one copy. Although there is an obvious difference in these two types of recorded material, there exists a light and humorous common thread that runs through many of the 28 tracks. This is the third solo release from Bohman on Paradigm Discs. He also appears on all three of the Morphogenesis CDs, and contributed to the first-ever Paradigm release, Variations, a compilation of London-based artists from 1995." --Clive Graham.

Artist: BURROUGHS, WILLIAM S.
Title: Curse Go Back
Format: LP
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"William Burroughs was in and out of London from the mid-50s to 1974 and for several years quite settled in a flat near Piccadilly. During this latter time he developed and refined the techniques he used for creating cut-ups on tape. Working closely with Ian Sommerville, who helped acquire, and no doubt maintain, the various tape recorders that Burroughs used and abused in these experimental works. The work here is in two sections, which in their original form lasted for over an hour and first appeared in 1998 under the name Electronic Revolution as a free CD with Issue One of the French magazine Crash. The CD was quickly withdrawn with maybe only 100 copies finding their way into circulation. This edition is edited down to 46 minutes and comprises the core of the original recording. It employs the now familiar techniques of random drop-ins and cut-ups of readings. The readings themselves are also cut-ups of words on the page. The first section of the tape uses further processing by means of a second tape recorder. Recorded in Duke Street in 1968, the tape was then passed on to Brion Gysin in Paris where it remained in his archive until 1998. This is the first readily available edition of an hypnotic and meditative recording that examines the hidden power of words. Closer to work of sound poetry than anything literary. The album includes a 12"x12" insert with an essay by Ben Harper and several previously unseen portrait photos of Burroughs, taken by Harriet Crowder in her Hammersmith flat during a drug experiment. The back cover uses another Crowder image - the very next frame after the famous shot that appeared on the cover of the English Bookshop/ESP Call Me Burroughs LP (1965). Pressed at Optimal on transparent vinyl. Edition of 500 (numbered)." - Paradign Discs.

Artist: DOWNES, BOB
Title: Episodes At 4 AM
Format: CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Bob Downes is most often thought of as a jazz flautist, composer and group leader, but throughout his varied career that has included such diverse musical activity as working with the John Barry Seven and playing on Eggs second LP, he also had his own fluid conceptual group Open Music with principle bass player Barry Guy and drummer Denis Smith. Other players that passed through Open Music include Chris Spedding, Kenny Wheeler, Ray Russell, Ian Carr, Henry Lowther, Harry Beckett, Harry Miller, Barre Phillips, John Stevens and many others. Besides the free jazz and jazz rock influences, Bob Downes has also been involved in much experimental music. After his early 70s releases on Philips, Vertigo and Music For Pleasure there appeared a series of 3 private pressed LPs on his own label Openian that explored this more experimental style. Episodes at 4AM is the second in this series and is by far the strangest of the three. Released in 1974 and commissioned by the Welsh Dance Theatre, it consisted of 10 short duos performed by Wendy Benka on zither, dulcimer and small percussion, and Downes on flutes, various percussion and plenty of electronic manipulation. Nearly every sound on this LP was processed using a variety of shimmering delays, controlled feedback, reverb and speed change to create a haunting and delirious mix of musical styles and atmospheres. Taken from the master tapes, this 33-minute LP has been expanded for the CD release with 35 minutes of previously unreleased experimental works, mostly from the same period, that cover even more ground than the LP, including one piece made entirely from the sounds of various phone booths on the streets of New York." -Paradigm Discs.

Artist: EASTLEY, MAX
Title: Installation Recordings (1973 - 2008)
Format: Double CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"This 2CD is essentially a retrospective of Eastleys installation work. As such, it updates and adds many new examples to the 1975 release New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments, which was released as a split LP with David Toop on Brian Enos Obscure Records. This is Eastleys first solo CD. Of the 35 tracks, only the last two have any guests (the most virtuosic moment being George Lewis playing a grass blade). All the other pieces are either powered by the natural forces of wind and water, or else are motor driven gallery installations. The ethereal sounds of the aoelian harps, the haunting aeolian flutes, and the violent tension of his aerophone installations are hallmark Eastley sounds. These sounds, and many others, sit amidst a wide range of acoustic settings, from windy hill tops to quiet brooks, residential street scenes to coastal shores. The indoor recordings are no less varied, ranging across a rich variety of acoustics and gallery spaces from tiny micro sounds to large scale amplification. Wood, metal and stone are brought to life with electricity. Although there are many photos in the 20-page booklet, much is left to the imagination to work out how the sounds are made. With this limited access to the visual, the focus is pulled towards the musicality of the sounds themselves. This musicality is reinforced by the slow cross fades of most of the pieces from indoors to outdoors to form a series of suites. The recordings mostly date from the mid 70s, but there are pieces from later decades. Nearly everything was recorded either to Revox or Uher and occasionally cassette, using what microphones were available at the time. Recent recordings are digital. The varying quality of the recording set-ups across this 2CD adds yet another dimension to the shifting sound fabric of this anthology." - Paradigm.

Artist: GRAVITY ADJUSTERS EXPANSION BAND
Title: One
Format: CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
The Paradigm label is back! First new releases in a few years, starting w/ this much in demand reissue of their first album from 1973. "Although the Gravity Adjusters Expansion Band (GAEB) started in 1967, they remain one of the long lost and underestimated groups that explored the areas of sound sculpture, improvisation, experimental music and free jazz. The group have their roots in playing in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, and finally recorded their first LP in Los Angeles. Free jazz drummer Lee Charlton seamlessly shifts the moods from jazzy phrasing into the far more abstracted ideas of the world of sound sculpture. It is this abstract world where the GAEB mostly reside, using the invented instruments of multi-media artist Richard Waters, many of whose percussive and bowed instruments incorporate water filled resonators to bend and tune the sound. Although many other improvisors at the time like AMM, MEV, Sonde and Taj Mahal Travellers all made extensive use of home made and adapted instruments, the GAEB are a very different concern with their own unmistakable identity. Their first LP One appeared in 1973 on Nocturne Records, a small Californian label. It was the first of their 2 LPs, the second appearing some 8 years later. This CD edition is a reissue of the first LP from the master tapes and also contains some 15 minutes of extra material from the time." - Paradigm Discs.

Artist: GREENHAM, LILY
Title: Lingual Music
Format: Double CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"Britains best known sound poet is Bob Cobbing, but its hard to come up with a list of other sound poets working in Britain in the 60s and 70s. Its equally difficult to think of any female sound poets working anywhere. LILY GREENHAM was Danish, but spent her childhood in Vienna. After several relocations across Europe she settled in London in 1972 with her British husband (musician and poet Peter Greenham), where she lived until her death in 2001. Nearly all of her own writings and compositions date from after her arrival in London, but prior to her arrival in London she had been involved in two major European art movements. The Wienner Group in the late 1950s and the "Groupe de Recherche dArt Visuel in 1964. In London she began to record her own text based compositions that used a mixture of sound poetry techniques, electronics and multi-tracking. The term lingual music that she coined for her compositions refers to her technique of using tape loops of text to create complex and dense musical structures. This 2CD set compiles a wide variety of her own work, including live solo performances, film soundtrack pieces, as well as many tape pieces. The recordings date from between 1968 and 1984." - Paradigm
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Artist: GUS COMA
Title: Color Him Coma
Format: Double CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"The guest musicians on this CD set are many and varied, but its all put together by GUS COMA, LEPKE Bs dwarfish cousin, who renounced show-biz to work as a Heavy Goods Vehicle driver. The kind of strange and experimental that makes a mutant proud to be defective. Expect gigantic tape loop symphonies, sundry plunderphonics, lo-fi Sparks and the voice of JFK, a WILLIAM BURROUGHS interview (on one track), and a worn out teach-yourself-English tape. Youre probably saying to yourself, "You had me at dwarfish," but read on: The first disc reissues an obscure C60 (Its War Boys 1983), half of which is formed around several mixes of an experimental track, constructed from a room-sized 24-track loop (a different version appeared on THE JUST MEASURES Flagellation LP (Its War Boys 1983), the other half of which is a tape collage of mostly unused (and some remixed) excerpts from what became the title track of the MILK FROM CHELTENHAMs Triptych of Poisoners LP (Its War Boys 1983 and Alga Marghen 2005); its a live mixdown of seventeen cassette recordings of locked record grooves, stray radio and an infernal matchbox. The second disc is an alternative version of the tape on disc one; it follows a similar blueprint but also contains some very different music, primitive disco drum programming, and a somewhat more sophisticated sound quality. Two bonus tracks are included, originally intended as working material for the unfinished second Milk From Cheltenham LP." -Paradigm

Artist: MORPHOGENESIS
Title: Charivari Music
Format: CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
"This third full-length by London improv collective Morphogenesis was released in 1996. Formed in 1985, Morphogenesis consisted of seven people at the time of recording, but for all the sessions, except the live track, the line-ups are amalgams of various members and instrumentation. All tracks are free improvisations that were recorded direct to two channels and later edited with no other post production. Recorded between 1993-1996. "Shorepoints" was recorded live at the LMC Festival 1994. Featuring Adam Bohman (prepared violin, balalaika, objects); Ron Briefel (vocals, electronics); Andy Cordery (percussion, mouthorgan); Clive Graham (springs, electronics); Clive Hall (objects, keyboards, electronics, piano); Michael Prime (water machine, biofeedback, radio, electronics); Roger Sutherland (percussion, piano); Andy Weir (guest on "Buttons")." -Paradigm Discs.

Artist: OLIVEROS, PAULINE
Title: Electronic Works 1965-1966
Format: CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
"1997 release of three early electronic works from 1965-1966 by Pauline Oliveros. This material is exclusive to this release and is not included on the recent Important Records 12CD Reverberations: Tape & Electronic Music 1961-1970. "I of IV" was made in July 1966, first released by CBS alongside works by Steve Reich and Richard Maxfield. "Big Mother Is Watching You" was also made in the summer of 1966 at the University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio, and track 3 was made at the San Francisco Tape Music Center in 1965. The three pieces on this CD are all live experiments, which at the simplest level use either an array of oscillators or filters, a mixer and one spool of tape feeding a series of (variously set up) stereo tape machines. Long delay lines, pile-ups of noise and rich sonorities are the stuff of this music. The third piece also samples a chunk of Puccinis Madame Butterfly, which only makes this music seem even more contemporary." - Paradigm Discs.

Artist: ORAM, DAPHNE
Title: Oramics
Format: Double CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"Daphne Oram is best known for her design of her Oramics system, and also for co-founding the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1957, but until now the only easily available piece of music by her on CD has been the 8-minute long "Four Aspects." There was also a 7-inch EP from 1962 on HMV, released as part of the Listen, Move and Dance series that was specifically designed to help children dance. Although the short pieces on this record are very basic it could be argued that this is the first ever electronic dance record! Now for the first time is a survey of nearly all the major pieces that she produced since her departure from the BBC in January 1959 until her final tape piece in 1977. The two and a half hours of music on this 2CD set covers the whole range of Orams post BBC output. All of the music is electronic with some occasional use of real instruments, especially small percussion and piano frame. There is also some use of musique concrete techniques. The works fall roughly into the following categories: works for TV and cinema advertising, film soundtracks, music for theatre productions, installations and exhibitions as well as concert pieces and several studio experiments. There are also a few short pieces that resulted from an experimental music course given by Oram at a high school in Yorkshire in 1967." - Paradigm.

Artist: V/A
Title: I.D. Art #2
Format: CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $16.50
"When the Los Angeles Free Music Society 10 CD set came out I eagerly flipped through the contents to see what treasures had finally been made available again. Much to my surprise the early compilation I.D. Art #2 was not included in this otherwise major overview of the LAFMS. I.D. Art #2 was the second LP release on their label, coming after Le Forte Fours Bikini Tennis Shoes LP, and before the 2LP Live at the Brand, a split album between Le 44 and The Doo-Dooettes. It dates from 1976. It is also probably the most difficult LP on their catalogue to find. Originally released in an edition of just 200 copies, most of which were given out to the 44 artists and groups who appeared on this extraordinary LP. The deal was that each track was paid for by the contributor at a rate of $8 per minute in exchange for 4 copies of the disc. Consequently very few copies were ever made available via the LAFMS mail order service. With a running time of 66 minutes and the sheer variety of contributions, I.D. Art #2 remained for most people a mysterious and tantalising item. Among the known names from the LAFMS scene are: Le Forte Four, Joe Potts, Fredrick Nilsen, Mr Foon, Ace & Duce, Dennis Mehaffey as well as 6 tracks by Smegma." -Paradigm Discs.

Artist: WISHART, TREVOR
Title: Journey into Space
Format: CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $16.50
"an amazing aural journey recorded in 1972, and highly recommended (really his best work)." - Anomalous. from the liner notes: "A musical / allegorical journey, created on tape. A man wakes from a dream and sets off on a car journey. On his car radio, he tunes into the sounds of a space-rocket launch. The two journeys coalesce in his mind. Traveling on through many strange musical landscapes he arrives at a hall of doors. On passing through, the threads of his journey are drawn together. Made in the York University Studio, Journey into Space uses many improvised and composed musics for scaffolding pipes, steel combs, toy instruments, doors & the sounds of many other objects & situations, as well as conventional instruments, voices and electronics." Recorded in 1972.

Artist: WISHART, TREVOR
Title: Journey Into Space
Format: CD
Label: Paradigm Discs
Country: UK
Price: $16.50
"York Universitys music department houses one of the UKs first ever electronic music studios, and during the early seventies it was a hotbed of creative activity. Much of the released output from the studio at this time revolved around the work of the dynamic composer Trevor Wishart. Journey Into Space was his first release, composed between 1970 and 72, and was privately pressed (shortly before the formation of YES records), as two separate LPs in 1973. (The CD cover amalgamates the 2 original designs). Along with other early private releases of experimental music in the UK (ie the LP of sound poems by Cobbing/Jandl, or the LP of musique concrète by Desmond Leslie), this record is also a total anomaly in the canon of British experimental music and has little to do with the current, or even subsequent work by Wishart. The vast length of this piece has many different styles. There are acoustic sections, mostly of junk and toys (bike bells, squeeze horns, bottles, metal tubes, combs etc.) as well as flute and brass sections that are used as raw material. There are also sections of everyday field recordings, scraps of NASA Apollo transmissions, as well as plenty of multitracking, editing, vocal acrobatics and musique concrète. Among the 48 participants credited on the original sleeve are a whole roster of York University alumni including nearly all the artists who were showcased on the soon to be released 3LP box set Electronic Music From York, along with other noteworthy students as diverse as Steve Beresford, Jonty Harrison, Roger Marsh, Dominic Muldowney, Bernard Rands and Jan Steele. The co-operative spirit of Yorks music and drama departments, plus the raw enthusiasm and open attitude of the participants involved in the project gave this music an immediacy, similar to the later LAFMS scene." - Paradigm
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