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Artist: KIRCHIN, BASIL
Title: Worlds Within Worlds
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $27.00
"Basil Kirchin was a pioneering British composer who blurred the lines between musical genres. While his career began in the 40s as a professional jazz drummer, in the 60s he started to make field-recordings, painstakingly splicing tapes and slowing-down sounds until the source material would be virtually unrecognizable. Originally released on Island Records in 1974, Worlds Within Worlds juxtaposes Kirchins various tape manipulations - -amplified insects, animals, engines, glossolalia of children -- with traditional musical instruments to form an organic totality that has the overall effect of otherworldly, ambient soundscapes. As Brian Eno writes in the liner notes on the original release, Within the first couple of minutes it became obvious to me that Basil had not only discovered a whole new area of sound, but had exploited it with extreme skill and sensitivity, producing beautiful and evocative music as well. . . . So Basil Kirchin has made a double contribution: he has not only built the instrument, but has written and played the first successful works for it. Worlds Within Worlds remains a lost classic in sonic abstraction. This first-time reissue is recommended for fans of Broadcast, Aphex Twin and Nurse With Wound." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: KIRCHIN, BASIL
Title: Abstractions of the Industrial North
Format: CD
Label: Trunk
Country: UK
Price: $17.50
Soundtrack to a film that doesnt exist, recorded in 1966! Reissued for the first time. "The complete album Abstractions Of The Industrial North is on this recording, and we have added a selection of recordings from other rare Kirchin, Jack Nathan and John Coleman productions, including The Wild One, Dont Lose Your Cool, Town Beat and finally Mind On The Run. These are all ten inch De Wolfe releases, are exceptionally rare and includes some incredible session musicians, including Jimmy Page and Big Jim Sullivan. As library music goes, Abstractions is unlike any other recording. Its possibly the most beautiful but worst library music ever made, in the way that it doesnt adhere to or follow any normal library music genre. It is wonderfully sad unforgettable music, with the signature Kirchin hypnotic grooves stirring it all up every now and again."
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Artist: KIRCHIN, BASIL
Title: Abstractions of the Industrial North
Format: LP
Label: Trunk
Country: UK
Price: $17.50
"Soundtrack to a film that doesnt exist, recorded in 1966! Reissued for the first time." - FE. "As library music goes, Abstractions is unlike any other recording. Its possibly the most beautiful but worst library music ever made, in the way that it doesnt adhere to or follow any normal library music genre. It is wonderfully sad unforgettable music, with the signature Kirchin hypnotic grooves stirring it all up every now and again." Just found out that Basil Kirchin (1927 - 2005) passed away 6/18/05, RIP. CD also available.
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Artist: KIRCHIN, BASIL
Title: Basil Kirchin Is My Friend: A Trunk Records Sampler
Format: LP
Label: Trunk
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
"An awe-inspiring sampler of the late, great musical polymaths music. From pop punk pop to field recordings, jazz, horror film music, ambient sounds, experimental ideas and all points in between. Many tracks have not been released before. Basil Kirchinwas a unique talent. A man brought up as a drummer in the post-war big band era, he soon shunned the sounds of London ballrooms for world travel, marijuana, and spiritual enlightenment. On his return to London in the mid-1960s, he started work on experimental "sound picture music", a direction that led him into horror film music, library music, and eventually, to field recordings. He then developed the idea of slowing down the sounds of bird, insects, animals, autistic children -- anything he recorded in fact -- to reveal the hidden particles of sound that made them up. Mixing this with free jazz improvisation in 1969, he developed a new, peculiar sound that is now known as "ambient". Here, in this unique Trunk Records sampler, the label offers a fascinating musical glimpse into his world, bringing together work from three decades, plus parts of a long conversation between Jonny Trunk and Basil Kirchin, recorded a few months before Kirchin died. There is unreleased film music, field recordings including autistic children from Schurmatt, music for advertising, the opening of Quantum (JBH 003CD), brilliant mixes of jazz and birds ("Charcoal Sketches"), the newly discovered digital post punk classic "Silicon Chip", plus brilliant and moving homages to his life with Esther, his wife. Together it makes extraordinary listening. All cues mastered and sequenced by Jon Brooks, AKA The Advisory Circle." - Trunk.

Artist: KIRCHIN, BASIL
Title: Charcoal Sketches/States Of Mind
Format: LP
Label: Trunk
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"This is not a reissue. This is the first time this music has been heard. Following on the recent success of the the Kirchin recording Quantum ... Both are very different recordings, but are important missing parts of the mysterious musical life of Basil Kirchin. The first part -- Charcoal Sketches -- were tracks recorded before Quantum was recorded. They represent the initial musical jottings made by Basil before he built up his ideas into the magnificent avant garde opus we all know and love. The music is far gentler than Quantum . Youll hear some fine and very different instrumentation, which includes some sublime piano and even the early use of slightly manipulated birdsong. This trio of Sketches is truly delightful and very different to anything you may have heard before. The Second part -- States Of Mind was a recording made by Basil in the late 60s for a medical documentary about mental disorders. Its important to note that this recording represents an early collaboration between Kirchin and the avant garde God Evan Parker, and this has to be one of the first times Parker is captured blowing in his new, free style." - Trunk. One time, limited edition of 500.
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Artist: KIRCHIN, BASIL
Title: I Start Counting!
Format: LP
Label: Trunk
Country: UK
Price: $29.00
"Sublime unreleased score for the weird cult/brutalist thriller I Start Counting! (1970). Charming, odd, and affecting score by Basil Kirchin, made "in association" with his regular cohorts, Jack Nathan and John A. Coleman. The film was directed by the multi-talented and quite radical David Greene. Greene was also an actor, a successful producer and had already employed the services of Kirchin for his 1967 horror The Shuttered Room and quirky crime thriller The Strange Affair (1968). I Start Counting!, notably starred a 14-year-old Jenny Agutter, is set in brutalist Bracknell, with Agutters character living in Royal Point, a classic "threepenny bit" of a 1960s tower block. When she ventures away from the safety of this concrete castle on an obsessive, erotically charged journey, her world is turned upside down. As macabre, coming-of-age thriller, the score for I Start Counting! allowed Kirchin to explore more dark edges of film music and composition: as a score, it bubbles along with lots of classic Kirchin hallmarks, but here you are also treated to a beguiling opening song that is lyrically and musically developed and then slowly pulled apart over sequential cues. There is also an unusual Eastern tinge to some of the percussion and Kirchins distinctive pastoral oddness is here too. His sonic jumps between low drama and high tension are extraordinary, and his use of free jazz to bring about unease is both perfectly simple and effective. Basils original idea for the opening song was to have it sung by Cilla Black or Jenny Agutter, but in the end Lindsay Moore, the daughter of jazz chum Barbara Moore stepped in. The score is mighty fine but a little short, so included here is more unreleased soundtrack material from the Kirchin archive -- a tape labeled "Third World Documentary". This dates from the early 1980s and was produced for either TV or a festival and musically complements the first score well, even though they are two decades apart. The names of the musicians working here died with Basil, but the drummer for I Start Counting! may well have been Clem Cattini, Evan Parker was more than likely involved with the session, and possibly Derek Bailey too. As for the later recording, there is a distinctive modern "Fairview" sound to the cues and production. Mastered and sequenced by Jon Brooks, AKA The Advisory Circle." - Trunk.

Artist: KIRCHIN, BASIL
Title: Particles
Format: CD
Label: Trunk
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
"For the last five years Trunk Records have been issuing the great, lost work of pioneering British composer Basil Kirchin. Here is his last album, completed only a couple of weeks before he passed away in late 2005. It proves that Kirchin, even in his mid-70s, was still very much an experimentalist at the top of his odd game. Kirchin invented ambient music and set the template to which much of todays avant garde music sounds like. Highlights of Particles are many -- "The Atonals" for example, was made using conversations between musicians that Basil had secretly recorded over the years. These conversations were then processed into music and the results are quite startling. In fact, the whole album is brimming and bursting with odd ideas, new ways and the unique Kirchin sound. The current Trunk favorite is the last, epic ten-minute hypnotic monster simply called "E+Me." Its an obvious homage to his dear wife Esther, who actually sings at the end of this heavily rhythmic, modal tune. Tragically, Esther died a week before this last Kirchin CD was pressed. Particles adds further fuel to the glowing Kirchin legend, and increases his standing up there with all the other groovy weirdos of the world." - Trunk.

Artist: KIRCHIN, BASIL
Title: Quantum
Format: LP
Label: Trunk
Country: UK
Price: $20.00
"This is the first ever issue of this recording, and the first Basil Kirchin recording release for thirty years. Its a unique recording in every respect, afterall Basil is possibly the UKs most important composer than no one has heard of. This will soon change. Quantum was spliced together by Basil using jazz, field recordings (animals, insects, trams), his wife and Autistic children. Its all based on Basils theories of sound, and that when you slow down or speed up sound, you open up new doors, and new sound is revealed. Considering this recording was made circa 1973, one cannot underestimate the true genius and musical foresite of the man. Quantum has to be the crowning glory of this mans musical explorations and unique theory. It has remained locked away for thirty years and has been released now for the first time ever. You have been warned." - Trunk. Numbered edition of 500 copies.
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Artist: KIRCHIN, BASIL
Title: Silicon Chip
Format: 7"
Label: Trunk
Country: UK
Price: $13.00
"An unreleased 1979 post-punk-post-disco banger from British musical maverick, Basil Kirchin. Back in the late 1970s, Kirchin was in Hull, working on numerous projects, documentary scores, and strange musical concepts. "Silicon Chip" is a rare surviving and most unusual work from the period, until now an unreleased slice of jumping, plugged-in perfection presciently celebrating the dawn of the computer-based industrial revolution. "Silicon Chips" is a set of quick electro blasts and logos, possibly conceived and written for library usage. Personnel: Gary Burroughs - vocals, guitar, keyboards; Danny Wood - drums; Dane Morrell - drums; Bernie Dolman - bass." - Trunk.

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