" This release is composed of the only two recorded works by musique concrète pioneer Mireille Kyrou (1931-2017), and of ‘Koro Wild’, played and composed by her son Axel Kyrou, main member of Vox Populi!
Mireille Kyrou was born in September of 1931 in the town of Cairo. Her mother was French and her father was part of a family that migrated from Palestine to Egypt.
She studied piano from an early age and was sent in 1955 to Paris to complete her musical learning. She studied harmony with the famous French composer Olivier Messiaen for two years, before joining the GRM (Groupe de Recherche Musicale) in 1958, the experimental music research center which had just been created by Pierre Schaeffer, the inventor of musique concrète some ten years before.
There, the working time was divided in two. Working on her own music, using the top-notch equipment available there, while trying to create the equivalent of the classical musical notation for musique concrète. If this new music had the ambition of becoming the new classical music, it had to be writable and reproductible, as much as the ‘old’ one. The results were to be found in Pierre Schaeffer’s main book, Le traité des objets musicaux, released in 1966, though it eventually ended as a failure, as history confirmed.
She quit the GRM in 1961 to devote herself to family life, raising two sons, Ariel, born in 1962, and Axel, born in 1964. She married Ado Kyrou, a Greek film director and writer, very close to the surrealist group of the 50s and early 60s. He’s mostly known for his book Le surréalisme au cinéma, which was translated in several languages.
The only available recorded track by Mireille Kyrou is ‘Etude 1’, released on the mythical album from 1964, ‘Musique Concrète’, edited by Philips, also featuring music from giants of musique concrète, such as Pierre Schaeffer, Iannis Xenakis, or Luc Ferrari. The main sound sources for this track were a comb and a feather.
The second track featured here, ‘Film Musique’, is unreleased, and recorded in the same environment and historical period as ‘Etude 1’. It is the soundtrack of an experimental film, which nothing seems to be known about. Although Mireille thought that the track wasn’t supposed to be listened without the film, she eventually agreed to release it.
Mireille had a peculiar love for the Vox Populi! track called ‘Koro Wild’ and insisted that it would be played at her funeral. It proved to be a strong experience, felt by all friends and members of the family attending the ceremony.
‘Koro Wild’ was recorded over a long period, 1994 to 2007, in France, Japan and Burkina Faso. All field recordings and instruments done and played by Axel Kyrou. First released on taâlem. "
" At one point in my career as mystified, my mentor Christopher McDill suggested I obtain and use "real" acoustic instruments. I agreed to try, and over the next few years I purchased and recorded various trombones, a didgeridoo, a selection of flutes and other instruments.
Acoustic drones quickly became a mainstay for mystified. Many became quite successful, such as the "Bone Drone" series on Webbed Hand Records. It became kind of a running joke that I could make cool drones out of anything.
All of that was years ago. A few weeks ago I was listening to some old drones from my archival hard drive, expecting to be underwhelmed. Rather, I was very pleased. A lot of the material held up better than I expected.
That being said, I present to you, "Savage Classic Drones". I am not going to identify the tracks, or provide any more information. Suffice it to say, here are 2 mixes of tracks, from mystified's signature acoustic drone phase. "
Thomas Jackson Park
1. Savage Classic Drones Part 1 (23:57)
2. Savage Classic Drones Part 2 (27:52)
" I have long been fascinated by the mechanised sculptures of the Swiss artist, Jean Tinguely. I would sometimes encounter his works at modern art museums, but they were rarely in working order. Many of his mechanised pieces self-destructed, or require frequent expert maintenance. Finally, I was able to visit the Tinguely Museum in Basel, which had a staggering collection of his works on 2 spacious floors, with all mechanical pieces in full working order. The recordings I made of them form the source material for my Ritual For Jean Tinguely. The sounds are sometimes manipulated drastically, sometimes minimally. I also used some shortwave radio sounds as material. Some of Tinguely's later works struck me as meditations on death and the afterlife, and I hope this comes across in the piece.
It was a beautiful June day when I walked through the park that leads you to the museum. I was quite surprised when a large (about 4ft.) pink helium balloon passed slightly above my head and headed purposefully towards the museum. It was heading for the entrance when it was caught by Tinguely's mechanised fountain that stands outside the museum. The motorised arm slowly pounded the balloon down into the water, until it finally burst. I had the strong impression that the spirit of Jean Tinguely was there! "
Michael Prime, April 2019
1. Ritual For Jean Tinguely Pt 1 (21:22)
2. Ritual For Jean Tinguely Pt 2 (21:02)
Karl J. Palouček has been a member of Boy Dirt Car, alongside Eric Lunde. Before doing excellent solo music, he was also involved in Shrilltower duo, that was part of The Happiest Place/Tapes On Earth "team".
"Musique De L'Industrie" contains unreleased recordings from 1990.
Track 1 recorded live at an undisclosed location, 30 Dec. 1990.
Track 2 recorded in Shrilltower rehearsal space not long before it burned, probably late 1990.
Track 3 recorded mid-1990 at Breezeway Studios, Waukesha, Wisconsin.
1. 30.12.90 (31:15)
2. Strafe (8:42)
3. Series 90 (2:30)
The Diastolic Murmurs (Adam Bohman and Richard Crow) formed themselves in 1985 during electro-acoustic research within Phillip Wachsmann's legendary Electronic Music Studio (now demolished) at the City Literary Institute, Keeley Street, London WC2.
Primarily their (pseudo-medical) aesthetic was to explore as fully as possible an inner visceral "occult" sound-world inherent in any given object or material (with a preference for the damaged, broken and discarded) and their extraction or autopsy with the use of 'directly injected' contact microphones. This was given full expression in "theatre of cruelty" style audio-visual performances they called Live Electronic Dissections and in numerous studio recordings that took place at the Institution of Rot in Finsbury Park, London and later released on highly prized limited edition cassettes.
'Live' Electronic Dissections #1 was recorded on 24/7/1985.
'Live' Electronic Dissections #5 was recorded on 10/1/2017.
Michael Shannon is another veteran of the early US cassette culture. He's still doing music today and here is a new album he has recorded this year.
1. Rune (4:03)
2. Piano Haiku II (3:19)
3. Revel (7:36)
4. Blue Haiku I (0:34)
5. Snow Twilights (13:59)
6. Blue Haiku II (0:39)
7. Winds of Light on Stormy Air (12:46)
8. Blue Haiku III (0:56)
9. Seven (7:00)
10. Blue Haiku IV (0:41)
11. Shadows on the Edge of Mind (4:53)
12. Tone Moves for Maryanne Amacher (12:58)
13. Blue Haiku V (1:11)
14. Chinese Echo (2:08)
As some may have noticed, I am a great admirer of the big US cassette labels of the eighties, such as audiofile Tapes, Harsh Reality Music or Sound Of Pig Music, and I consider Nostalgie De La Boue net-label as partly an inheritor of their spirit.
So I had to release something by Mental Anguish, alias Chris Phinney / Harsh Reality Music.
"Red Eclipse" is unreleased material recorded 2010-2011.
You can read here a presentation of that album written by Chris himself.
1. Rotund Toad (6:36)
2. Danger Humidity Cloak ! (6:10)
3. Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The System (5:51)
4. TG Day Impromptu Mix #1 (4:55)
5. TG Day Impromptu Mix #2 (4:39)
6. Every Good Boy Deserves Glitch (4:23)
7. Another Day, Another Sin, That I'm Thankful For (5:51)
8. Walking Through The Walls (4:11)
9. Head As A Hat ( Now It's Your Turn) (5:03)
10. Long As She Can (7:55)
11. Becoming Vitreous (6:33)
12. Red Eclipse (8:28)
Label : Jeremy Bamber Tapes, Germany, 1992
Limited edition of 200 numbered copies
Ripped by Luca Forest-Fiore
A1. Yximalloo - H-A-E #2
A2. Sebastian Gandera - Les Parfums Illusoires
A3. Wash Your Brains - No.5-Sein: '87
A4. D.A.R.P.A. - Superficial Superman
A5. Georg Sieger - Die Brücken Zu Sich Selbst Einreißen (Asynchron II)
A6. De Fabriek - Feurtanz
A7. MØHR - Fazit (Live 28.10.90)
A8. The MMVP - La Fontena Del Omblia
A9. Sebastian Gandera - Le Regard Du Peintre
A10. Beyond Therapy - Beyond Therapy, Paelologos '90
A11. Die Netten Mieter - Zwei Fenster Zum Hof
A12. Frater Naurigo - DFHL 3.2.4
B1. Kapotte Muziek - Is One
B2. Schielend Vor Wut - Knock-Knees
B3. Minóy - ABCIPIA
B4. D.A.R.P.A. - Deautomatization And The Mystic Experience
B5. Sebastian Gandera - La Houle Suggère (Dedicated To Natalia)
B6. Yximalloo - Ivan The Terrible #5
B7. Einsatzkommandos - Join Into The Christian Army
B8. Die Rache - Brot Für Alle
B9. Das Fröhliche Wohnzimmer - KingKong In HongKong
Label : Musique Brut, UK, 1986
Ripped by Luca Forest-Fiore
Alpha1. Graeme Revell - Necropolis, Amphibians And Reptiles (4:08)
Alpha2. Graeme Revell - Countess Saladine (2:28)
Alpha3. Graeme Revell - Chimpnags-Apes Of The Union Canada: America (4:33)
Alpha4. Graeme Revell - Allgebrah (2:40)
Alpha5. Graeme Revell - Ebony Tower In The Orient. Water Fanfare No.1 (3:45)
Alpha6. Graeme Revell - The Balli (2:16)
Beta1. Déficit Des Années Antérieures - St. Adolf's Comet (4:23)
Beta2. Déficit Des Années Antérieures - Natural Fhorm Of The Holy-Light-Island In The Pacific Ocean (4:25)
Beta3. Déficit Des Années Antérieures - Rahma Margarine (8:57)
Beta4. Nurse With Wound - Lea Tantaaria (6:36)
Beta5. Nurse With Wound - Great-God-Father-Nieces (2:09)
A1. Epitaph For A One-Way Love (3:00)
A2. Hymne Au Ver (2:45)
A3. Gloria (4:00)
A4. Fly To Hell (4:15)
B1. Kidnapping (3:35)
B2. Erg Habbania (3:25)
B3. Gppm (2:15)
B4. Orchestral Story (3:35)
B5. Live In China (1:10)
Strangelucid is Eric Sterenfeld, alias Riton. He was a member of Achwghâ Ney Wodei (1984-1987) and then of various bands such as La Tête À L'Envers Et Ses Malentendus. Since then he has been working in performing arts, where he has composed musics for theater, dance, etc. All tracks here are solo compositions, some of which have been recorded live.
Label : Impulse, UK, 1993
Limited edition of 350 numbered copies
Ripped by Luca Forest-Fiore
A1. Stan Presley & The Glitter Dust All Stars - Rock & Roll
A2. The Ooo - I'm Coming Up Your Ass (With A Love Like That)
A3. Shitehouse - Mean As A Wasp
A4. NKVD - Trice Is Just As Nice
A5. Family Of Noise - Mindphaser
A6. Expose Your Eyes - Best Interview Yet
B1. THF - Totally Sick
B2. Another Headache - Say Thank You Mistress
B3. Fist Fuckers - You Don't Have To Say Please
B4. Earphaser - I'm Coming Round Your House
B5. Rob Cox Fan Club - Rapemaster Blues
The fantastic french project Internal Fusion has published several new releases on his Bandcamp website lately, all available for free download now. The most recent one is the great "Genesis I+II" double album. Don't miss it ! (Nor the others, including "L'Ombre")
Amaryatvā, which means immortality, is David Sani's first proper solo release after a long time. It shifts among his interests : drone, silence, field recordings, lowercase... Mostly based on voices and arctic sounds as source material.
A1. Devils Triangle (3:21)
A2. Last Post (13:12)
A3. Post Mortem (4:07)
A4. Erazerhead (4:14)
A5. 23rd Trip (5:32)
B1. Real Surreal (4:52)
B2. Attack/You (3:27)
B3. Autoghosts (2:47)
B4. Wee Hear All (6:27)
B5. Francis Bacon (5:44)
B6. Black On Black (5:06)
B7. Assault On Precinct 13 (2:44)
Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Jonestown massacre.
The material on this record consists of almost the entire Jonestown "death tape" from November 18, 1978, along with approximately 2.5 minutes of additional Jim Jones speeches and sermons at the start of side A.
Another version of the recording + the transcript are available here.