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Artist: BADINGS, HENK/DICK RAAIJMAKERS
Title: Evolutions, Contrasts & Electronic Music
Format: LP
Label: Aurora Rising
Country: Germany
Price: $24.00
"Aurora Rising present a reissue of Henk Badings and Dick Raaijmakerss Evolutions, Contrasts & Electronic Music, originally released in 1958 under the title Electronic Music and released again in 1968 as Evolution & Contrasts. The 1968 release Evolution & Contrasts contains the same recordings as the 1958 Electronic Music album. Henk Badings and Dick Raaijmakers were composers, arrangers, conductors, and pioneers in the field of electronic music. They created electronic soundscapes with a rather creepy atmosphere. This stuff is different to the 50s avant-garde classics and the more pop-oriented electronic albums of the same period. Badingss "Capriccio For Violin And Two Sound Tracks" can be seen as a strange dialogue with sloping melodies between the violin and unidentifiable electronic devices that gives you goosebumps. It has a rather picturesque approach and could be used for early horror flicks as accompanying music for the horrifying scenes. The amazing fact is that this music still sounds fresh and exciting even nearly six decades after its initial release. "Genese", on the other hand, is a lengthy composition of chirping, bubbling, and droning sounds, swelling and ebbing away in regular intervals. Cosmic music of the highest order. Some sections also feel like an intergalactic information transfer signal of unknown origin. All-in-all a very spooky and haunting affair. Its interesting how electronic music already went back in the late 50s while most people consider the late 60s and early 70s as the heydays for electronic experiments and cosmic sounds. Well, this reissue allows listeners to experience the pioneers of this genre, and they really do it well. Raaijmakers even had a hand in writing groovy dance compositions when collaborating with Tom Dissevelt. He used the pseudonym Kid Baltan on these occasions. Anyway, this is quite a different thing. This is dark and utterly strange. "Contrasts" by Raaijmakers is a mixture between funny swirling sounds that make you think of a quick tempered discussion between little androids and menacing drones in the back that soon gets interrupted by single blows and hisses with frightening howls far in the back. This is definitely an album for true enthusiasts of strange electronic sounds who even consider early Tangerine Dream as fluffy pop music. Includes five bonus tracks." - Aurora Rising.

Artist: HENRY, PIERRE, MICHEL VITOLD & SILVIA MONFORT
Title: LOccident Est Bleu/LAn Cinquante-Six
Format: LP
Label: Aurora Rising
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"Aurora Rising present the first vinyl reissue of LOccident Est Bleu/LAn Cinquante-Six, originally released in 1958. Pierre Henry is most popular among rock fans for his collaboration with the English band Spooky Tooth in 1969 but he already had a great reputation as a composer and performer in the field of modern classics, musique concrète and pioneering electronic avant-garde. So it is obvious that there have been quite a few albums by him and in cooperation with other artists not necessarily from the field of music. LOccident Est Bleu/LAn Cinquante-Six features sound contributions by Pierre Henry, and spoken word performances by popular French actors Michel Vitold and Silvia Montfort based on two texts by fellow actor and singer Claude Pascal. It can be seen as an audio book rather than a regular music record backed with sounds. All the texts are performed in French and they focus on dark themes. The musical part of this album is also quite intense with a haunting atmosphere, droning and disturbing at times. The drone and musique concrète aspects show the roots of what should become cosmic music in the late 60s and early 70s performed mostly by artists such as Tangerine Dream. And indeed there are a few moments here that remind me of the classic Zeit (1972) by Edgar Froese and his mates. A sound experiment, a twisted and creepy manifestation of weird thoughts in something that is loosely connected to music. A challenge for sure, but if you love the obscure and have a heart for avant garde music you are welcome to this first ever reissue of a long time vanished record. Includes two bonus tracks." - Aurora Rising.

Artist: LUENING/USSACHEVSKY/BERGSMA
Title: A Poem In Cycles And Bells & Other Music For Tape Recorder
Format: LP
Label: Aurora Rising
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"Aurora Rising present a reissue of A Poem In Cycles And Bells & Other Music For Tape Recorder, originally released in 1957. This record is a relic of electronic music that happened before anybody even spoke about rock music. In 1957, this compilation of electronic and orchestral compositions by the three masterminds Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky and William Bergsma saw the light of the stars for the first time and has become a cult piece among lovers of electronic space music since then, despite the fact that only the first side features the so called tape compositions of Luening and Ussachevsky from the 50s while Bergsmas lengthy piece from the B side gets performed by a regular orchestra consisting of living beings. Lay back and drift away upon this stream of sound, a very human effort all-in-all. All instruments are real and even though this piece of music moves within the narrow borderlines of classic orchestral music patterns, there is a warm and gentle flow of energy pouring out of it and reaching out. Luening and Ussachevsky, on the other hand, work with sounds of undefined origin recorded on tape reels which are their main instruments, creating something new out of everything. The result is dark and gloomy. It pulls the listener away from an earthly existence and drags them out into space, to the furthest corners of the cosmos. This is the right music for all lovers of spaced out sounds from the days before the synthesizer. For lovers of all the late 60s and 70s stuff like early Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Organisation and Cluster. These compositions, are on par with all the newer and now legendary cosmic music acts but created ten to twenty years prior. This long out of print gem is one of the important steps towards every kind of electronic music that was successful ever since." - Aurora Rising.

Artist: MISS NELSON & BRUCE HAACK
Title: Dance Sing And Listen
Format: LP
Label: Aurora Rising
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"Aurora Rising present a reissue of Miss Nelson & Bruce Haacks Dance Sing And Listen, originally released in 1963. This album is somewhat of a curiosity for it was actually conceived as an educational, open-minded childrens music. The sound is a mash up of story-telling for kids and simple, happy sing-along music mixed with loads of electronic effects making it an utterly spacey affair. This reissue makes sure this cult album can be enjoyed by people crazy for early 60s electronic music. Let go of all spiritual chains and float away with the tape looped rhythms and all the hissing and buzzing and chirping upon which Esther Nelson, actually a childrens dance teacher, and Bruce Haack, a composer and pioneer of electronic music, recite poems, give dance instructions or play melodies on primitive synthesizers. Dance Sing And Listen is meant to fire the imagination of children and due to its musical quality and weird mood, it may do the same with adults. From this pioneering piece came the sound bands like Kraftwerk and Neu! would head for about ten years later. Enjoyable childrens music thats far out enough to make souls travel." - Aurora Rising.

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