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Title: Trios for Synthi VCS3 Synthesizer and Turntables
Format: LP
Label: Artkillart
Country: France
Price: $24.00
"Performed by Vincent Epplay and Samon Takahashi. "Composed in 1971. First performed at the Cheltenham Festival, 1971, the composer taking the VCS3 part and Messrs John and Robert Cary (the composers sons) the turntables parts. Trios associates improvisation within a set of defined paramaters. Trios was played for the first time in France since its creation, at the occasion of the Sonorité Festival in Montpellier, September 2006. This record includes a notebook of 4 b/w pages with original score notes, instructions for playing, 16 VCS3 patches, and two 33RPM records on which 2x16 sound events are recorded. About the composer: Tristram Cary (1925-2008) was a pioneering English electronic composer. With Peter Zinovieff and David Cockerell he founded Electronic Music Studios (London) Ltd which created the first portable synthesizer, the VCS3 (1969) and was then involved in production of such distinctive EMS products. About the performers: Vincent Epplay is a visual and sound artist who also composed music for films. His main purpose is to create situations for listening by staging sound and interrogating its mode of distribution and reception. Samon Takahashi is a visual and sound artist based in Paris, France. His practice is devoted to visual art, sound art and music. His work is so-called transdisciplinary using all types of media. His main interests or obsessions concern language, means of communication, pseudo science, architecture, isolated landscapes and classification. There is not a clear style that links his different works but a methodology, a sort of empirical logic, a common skeleton. Numbered edition of 500 copies." -Artkillart

Title: Soundings: Electroacoustic Works 1955-1996
Format: Double CD
Label: Tall Poppies
Country: Australia
Price: $31.00
"Tristram Cary has been working in the field of electroacoustic music for half a century. This set of 2 CDs presents a personal selection of his landmark contributions to the genre, spanning his career as a composer in London and Australia. Best known for the original music for the Dr. Who television series, Cary here shows what an astonishingly versatile composer he is." The first disc features all early analog works, from 1955 to 1978, including: "Continuum" (for stereo tape, 1969; "Continuum is about time, seen as stretching endlessly in both directions from our position as we move through it. The continuum sound is a mesh of over forty pitches, undulating at different amounts and speeds, and all the material from the piece is extracted from this dense and flexible cluster."); "Suite -- Leviathan99" (for stereo tape, 1972); "3 4 5 -- A study In Limited Resources for Stereo Tape" (1967); "Suite -- The Children of Lir" (for mono tape, 1959/66); "Birth is Life is Power is Death is God is..." (for stereo tape, 1967); "Suite -- The Japanese Fishermen" (recreated for stereo tape from 78 RPM mono acetate discs, 1955/96); "Narcissus" (for flute and two tape recorders, 1968); "Steam Music" (for quad tape, 1978). Disc 2 features computer music from 1979-1996: "Nonet" (1979); "Soft Walls" (1980); "Sine City II" (1979/96); "Black, White & Rose" (for marimba, gongs, woodblocks and tape, 1991); "Three Clockpieces" (1983/96); "Trellises" (1984); "The Impossible Piano" (for sequencer and samples piano, 1994; "a small tribute to the astonishing player piano works of Conlon Nancarrow, using precisely calculated durations in a computer sequencer as a substitute for Nancarrows punched paper rolls")." - Tall Poppies.

Title: Its Time For Tristram Cary
Format: CD
Label: Trunk
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
"Subtitled: Works For Film, Television, Exhibition & Sculpture. The Trunk label presents one of the most important, innovative, influential and almost-forgotten artists of all time, British/Australian electroacoustic composer, Tristram Cary. Without Tristrams inventions and musical experiments, Dr. Who would sound very different. Wed have no VCS3 synthesizers, no Brian Eno, no crazy electronics for Pink Floyd, etc. This is a retrospective of the composers work, including some of his unreleased experimental music as well. The third son of famed novelist Joyce Cary, he had a keen interest in music, science and electronics. He studied at Trinity College and served as a radar operator in the Royal Navy as war broke out. After the war, he began building an electronic music studio (the first of its kind in the UK), experimenting with discarded military equipment. By 1954, he was earning a living as a composer, and in 1955 got the job of writing all the music for a new Ealing movie, The Ladykillers. He worked for the BBC on many occasions, most infamously creating the music and otherworldly effects for the Dr. Who Daleks seven part series in 1963. In 1967, he founded the Royal College Of Music Electronic Studio, wrote the groundbreaking music for Hammers Quatermass And The Pit, and in 1969 along with Peter Zinovieff and David Cockerell founded EMS (Electronic Music Studios), the UKs first ever synthesizer company. Their first major products included the VCS3 synthesizer, the suitcase Synthi and the Delaware, equipment that became the modern musical tools of their times. On demonstration tour in Australia he was offered further work, and moved to Adelaide in 1974 where he worked at the University under a number of different musical titles. He left in 1986 and returned to composing, and in 1991 received the Medal Of The Order Of Australia for services to Australian music. He carried on developing sound, consulting and composing for the rest of his life. This is the first time much of Tristram Carys musical output has been issued, and it includes his music made for sculpture, for the 1969 Expo, compositions he made for Olivetti using their office equipment and a choir, electronics he devised for Casino Royale, classical music he produced for documentaries and curious effects he developed for films about money and design. It shows he was equally comfortable working in classical compositions, with electronics or working in a concrète style." - Trunk.

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