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Artist: MACLEAN, STEVE
Title: Ordinary Objects And Other Distractions
Format: CD
Label: RER Megacorp
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"In this episode, a number of short recordings of household objects and curious instruments become the core thematic material for a range of exquisitely conceived and realised pieces in which the recordings are shaped, stretched, tuned, combined and otherwise manipulated before being folded into a variety of musical structures with additional elements or parts added. Much use is made of rhythms derived from gravity - that is, dropping and bouncing - embedded into microtonal, poly-rhythmic and deeply engaging structures. Steve has been a hard sell in some ways, like Jon Rose, Biota and Bob Drake. But we think that, in the end, quality will out." - RER Megacorp.

Artist: MUSCI/GIOVANNI VENOSTA, ROBERTO
Title: Messages & Portraits (2018 Edition)
Format: CD
Label: RER Megacorp
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"In the late 80s these globetrotting Milanese composers joined forces to produce two acclaimed & prescient records made in equal parts from their own performances and ethnic field recordings, a little in the manner of Eno/Byrnes My Life in the Bush of Ghosts -but rather more evolved. Messages & Portraits combines the vinyl albums on one CD. GIOVANNI VENOSTA Born Udine, Italy, 1961. Apart from his work with Roberto Music, he has mainly worked as a film composer: 16 feature films, various shorts, documentaries, videos, & music for dance and theatre - awarded the Golden Ciak in 2000, 3 nominations for best soundtrack at Donatellos David in 2002, 04, 08, and a nomination for the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize in 09. Since 2002 he has composed the signature tunes for the Locarno Film Festival. He is also a member of the trio diSturb und Drang, Emilio Galantes ensemble Sonata Islands, and several projects dedicated to the music of Magma, After Dinner and Wha Ha Ha. He also plays electric piano with the afro-beat group Mamud Band and teaches a 3-year degree course of Music for Images at the Civic School in Milan. He has made numerous solo recordings, film soundtrack & band recordings on a variety of labels. ROBERTO MUSCI Born Milan, Italy, 1956. He studied alto sax and guitar and then between 1974 and 1985 travelled around the planet studying African, Indian, Near and Far Eastern music, making field recordings, studying and collecting ethnic musical instruments from around the world. In the 80s and 90s he made ethnic and electronic/experimental programs for Italian national radio and the independent Radio Popolare. He also composed and played music for dance, videos, commercials, poetry, theatre and performed live soundtracks for silent movies. He has released many LPs on numerous European labels. Originally released in 1990, Messages & Portraits was re-mastered at Lord Baltimore Recording Studio in 2018 for this reissue, by Martin Guderle & David Andler." - RER Megacorp.

Artist: RAVENSTINE, ALLEN
Title: Waiting For The Bomb
Format: CD
Label: RER Megacorp
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Eccentricity in music is tricky in that its difficult to embrace it in moderation. Theres risk of having it come off as either overly (and gratingly) deliberate, or teetering over the precipice into full-blown novelty. Pere Ubu co-founder Allen Ravenstines Waiting For The Bomb is one of these rare exceptions where peculiarity, nuance and genuine warmth align in such a way that its perched right on that edge and all the more evocative because of it. One of the albums most striking and disorienting attributes is its wide and volatile sound palette. Structured episodically, its eighteen vignettes jump between discrete sonic worlds. Dense clusters of raw sci-fi synth noise sit up against soundtracky miniatures while elsewhere, placid ambience emerges from stiff computer funk. Yet as one surrenders to the strange lurching quality of the journey, the uneasiness it produces somehow becomes grounding. Given Ravenstines post-punk pedigree, its unsurprising that this defiant sense of malaise and contradiction isnt just a byproduct of his playful genre tourism. Its actually a key unifying element that even lurks on the periphery of the albums most serene or seemingly innocuous moments. You can hear it in the way that the plasticky squareness of his sample-library orchestrations chafe against live brass and percussion on Spirits. The prickly synthesizer on Venus Calling creeps like toxic fumes through a genteel jazz arrangement. On Insomnia Joe Sorbaras rapid drum kit scatterings punctuate a lugubrious throbbing bed of sound, yet as the ersatz fanfares begin to protrude youre not quite sure whether to be terrified or to laugh--or do both. The records accompanying notes mention Ravenstines childhood, steeped in second-hand Cold War paranoia. Waiting for the Bomb seems to embody that tension perfectly -- a young, unbridled imagination haunted by both the grave threat, and perverse futuristic allure of total annihilation. (Nick Storring)" - RER Megacorp.

Artist: ZNR
Title: Traite De Mecanique Populaire
Format: CD
Label: RER Megacorp
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Originally released in 1978.The second and last release by this most exquisite and eccentric of groups, who hardly touched the world of working bands, and whose existence was tenuous, flickering, mythological -- and yet who managed, to find its way to legendary status -- rather like Duchamps fountain, by leaving an indelible trace in recorded form of their verifiable existence. If Captain Beefheart had been Erik Satie..." - Rer Megacorp.

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