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Artist: BADINGS, HENK
Title: Evolutions
Format: 10"
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $21.00
“2014 release. Pioneering electroacoustic and tape music by Henk Badings assisted by Dick Raaijmakers (Kid Baltan) from the Hanover Opera Ballet production of Evolutions, choreographed by Yvonne Georgi. Premiering in Hannover in 1958, then in Rome and Vienna in the following year, the ballet Evolutions (Evolutionen) by Yvonne Georgi was the second of three groundbreaking collaborations with Henk Badings (bookended by Cain and Abel aka Elektronisches Ballet in 1957 and Die Frau Von Andros in 1960) in which electronic tape music combined with avant-garde choreography. This pairing contributed to a vibrant global movement connecting experimental dance artists with electroacoustic and musique concrète musicians, manifested in the partnerships of choreographer Maurice Béjart with musician Pierre Henry and choreographer George Balanchine with musician Remi Gassmann, as well as Alwin Nikolais groundbreaking work in choreography and sound. Assisted by Raaijmakers, a fellow Dutch electronic music pioneer and a Philips sound laboratory technician, Badings, an Indonesian-born musician of Dutch parents, would by the late 50s begin to expand his successful career as a composer of "romantic modernism" and develop electronic, polytonal, and microtonal music that instantly attracted Georgi to his unique brand of musique concrète. As a key exponent of forward-thinking and conceptual dance, Georgi devised a narrative based on the evolution of technology and its agonizing effects on mankind. Garnering mixed opinions amongst the classical ballet cognoscenti in 1959, the projects of Georgi and Badings were viewed as part concert, part installation due to the radical sonic shifts and the physical deployment of large electronic speakers to replace the otherwise acoustic orchestral accompaniment. Prepared with the entire apparatus of the studio at Philips physics laboratory in Eindhoven before being committed to master tapes, Evolutions not only stretched the perceptions of modern ballet aficionados but also stretched the technical boundaries of electronic music at one of its most exciting and vibrant junctures in musical history.” - Cacophonic.

Artist: BRAEN RASKOVICH
Title: Abnormal Sensations
Format: LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"Collectively known under their production pop group moniker The Pawnshop, Italian giallo/Spaghetti Western legends Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini and Giulia De Mutiis (using their giallo/psych alter-egos of Braen, Raskovich and Kema) would reconvene behind the curtain in 1973 to craft this lost full-length LP as a mythical addition to their tiny group discography. Pinpointing a bona fide crossroads between the composers individual library grails The Underground and The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, this previously commercially-unreleased slice of abstract giallo stoner-funk combines Alessandronis inimitable twang-happy growling fuzz and desperately inquisitive guitar/harp/dulcimer manipulations (akin to his work on All the Colors of the Dark, Marquis De Sade and Danger Diabolik) with Sorginis eerie industrial scrapes, moaning echoes and face-slapping percussion grooves (found on his rare TV soundtracks like Zoo Folle or the undercover work he did for library labels like Leo, Leonardi, National, and Lupus). The inclusion of Alessandronis wife Giulia De Mutiis on groaning, wordless vocal duties not only completes The Pawnshop trinity but adds the essential giallo sheen popularized by Morricone-regular Edda DellOrso (evoking clear comparisons to that of Lizard in a Womans skin and Veruschka). For fans of Giulias work on Bruno Nicolais The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (dir. Jess Franco) and most notably Morricones Sospiri Da Una Radio Lontana (from Henri Verneuils The Night Caller) and Venus (on the Nereide label), the distinction glistens in the detail. These 12 tracks were circulated amongst TV and cinema production houses in the mid-70s for potential film synchronization by library label Octopus under the title Judicial Inquiry ("Inchiesta Giudiziaria") in what was perhaps an effort to capture the imagination of directors of the growing trend in Italian crime cinema. Track titles such as "Abnormal Sensations" and "Psychic Getaway," however, indicate the trios natural penchant for the absurd and supernatural, rendering this particular beast quite specific and unique as its own dedicated non-release. For fans of extrovert Italian freak-funk, avant-garde pop and European horror soundtracks, this LP should sit comfortably in the company of your Bruno Nicolai and Gruppo Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza records and draw striking comparisons to international horror soundtracks by Don Gere, Pierre Raph and Andrzej Korzynski, while exposing another secret hiding place for some of Italys finest A-list composers making rich experimental noise for B-movie masterpieces. " - Cacophonic.

Artist: CASA, DANIELA
Title: Arte Moderna
Format: LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"Filed neatly and undisturbed within the micro-genre of 1970s Italian artsploitation, amongst films soundtracks such as Girl With The Crystal Plumage, A Quiet Place In The Country and House With The Laughing Windows, this obscure library LP is one of the few fully formed concept albums from the recently reappraised discography of Romes most versatile and adventurous female production music composer Daniela Casa. Once destined for a shelf life within the storage rooms of defunct TV studios and educational facilities, Danielas previously strictly commercially unavailable music has in recent years been given new focus at the hands of open-minded disc detectives and sonic salvage hunters earning Casas distinctive feminine take on experimental instrumental mood and movie compositions a place next to her widely respected masculine counterparts such as Alessandro Alessandroni, AR Luciani, Pierro Umiliani, Morricone and Nicolai. Sharing tight studio space and strict syndication schedules with all of the aforementioned artists (under commission from Romano Di Baris fervently independent Flipper music factory) Daniela Casa embraced a liberating wind change in affordable music technology which opened doors for uninhabited solo compositions in home studios, taking advantage of communal recording consoles and domestic synthesizers which nurtured a lesser-documented creative family tree (or rather secret society) and paved the way for individualistic projects from the likes of Magnetic Systems Fabio Frizzi and Goblins Claudio Simonetti. Here, on this repress of the impossibly rare, one-time subscription-only album, Arte Moderna, we find Daniela at her versatile best, creating a wide thematic suite (based on paintings and sculptures in an abstract art gallery) for which she would deploy mostly organic and acoustic instruments to construct a set of unorthodox compositions straddling avant garde, free jazz and Giallo tension (with some brief moments of brooding electronics and italian pop). Veering from her stylistic pop interests (which clearly included a fondness for the music of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin) Casas Arte Moderna saw her adopt a less era-specific approach, combining neo-classical elements and piano improvisations akin to the likes of Frances Francois Tusques or Burton Greene, or Americas Mal Waldron without compromising her strong narrative personality. Finders Keepers Records now shine new light on these sonic sculptures and provide a fresh context where educated music listeners are ready to fill the gaps between Delia Derbyshire, Ennio Morricone, Suzanne Ciani and Harry Partch." - Cacophonic.

Artist: CHERRY, DON & JOHN APPLETON
Title: Don/Jon
Format: 7"
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
“Rare, previously unreleased outtakes from electroacoustic pioneer and Synclavier developer Jon Appleton and experimental jazz outrider Don Cherrys controversial electronic jazz experiments, recorded during the sessions for their 1970 Human Music LP at the Bregman Electronic Music Studio at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. Released with the blessing and encouragement of Appleton himself, this absolutely essential record combines the creative technology that directly coincided with the dawn of Bob Moog and Don Buchlas synthesizer revolution with the homecoming of outernational free jazz -- two strains that, in tandem, spearheaded Americas most radical music developments in the subsequent two decades and beyond.” - Cacophonic.

Artist: GASSMANN, REMI
Title: Electronics
Format: 10"
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $21.00
“2014 release. Eleven early electroacoustic pieces for the Studiotrautonium keyboard alongside tape manipulation to accompany the New York City Ballet production of Electronics by George Balanchine. Originally staged March 22, 1961, as part of a double bill choreographed by Balanchine, the experimental New York City Ballet production of Electronics included the renowned dancers Violette Verdy and Jacques dAmboise (pictured on this reissues cover art) and a revolutionary score by multi-disciplinary composer Remi Gassmann using a truly unique instrument. Working alongside German-born keyboard composer and close acquaintance Oskar Sala (with whom he had studied in Berlin under Paul Hindemith), Gassmann was given access to the latest developments of the Trautonium, an early electronic keyboard that was first exhibited in 1930 by inventor Adolf Trautwein and three pianists (including Sala). Being one of the original exponents of the machine, Sala (with Trautweins blessing) took the basic model of a neon tube oscillator and wire frequency controller (which provided an untempered continuous tonal range) and spent over twenty years developing what would become the Konzerttrautonium (as used by Richard Strauss to emulate synthetic gongs), followed by the microtonal Mixturtrautonium and eventually the static Studiotrautonium, which formed the centerpiece of Salas studio in Charlottenburg, Berlin, where Electronics was composed and realized. For the 1961 ballet, dressed in metallic bodysuits with geometric diodic motifs, Verdy and dAmboise (alongside a small troupe of other dancers) performed the concise 11-part ballet to polarized but predominantly positive audiences, generating a new outlook on experimental dance and supporting the similar sensibilities of other choreographers such as Alwin Nikolais, Yvonne Georgi (with Henk Badings), and Maurice Béjart (with Pierre Henry). As one of the first American performances drawing primarily on European developments, the modest critical success of the project would open new avenues for the electronic musical duo who were commissioned later in the year by Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions to provide enhanced and versatile sound effects emulating cacophonic bird sounds alongside Bernard Hermann for the 1963 blockbuster The Birds.” - Cacophonic.

Artist: GOETHALS, LUCIEN
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $28.00
"2014 release. Lucien Goethals was born in 1931 in Ghent, Belgium. He completed his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music in 1956 where he was awarded the highest accolades for advanced organ, history of music, and theoretic notions, after which he eventually pursued his studies of seriated music technique and electronic composition with G.M. Koenig. He was awarded further awards for composition in both his own country as well as abroad, and was a member of the renowned Spectra work group. In 1963 he was appointed to the post of producer of the BRT (Flemish division of the Belgian Broadcasting and Television System) and later a key producer in the division known as IPEM (Institute for psycho-acoustics and electronic music). From 1971 he taught musical analysis at the Music Academy of Ghent. Goethals was an exponent of the stricter direction in the aesthetics of contemporary music. His work is still recognized as a valuable contribution, on a global scale, to the fields of seriated and trans-aleatoric music of the past half century. His recorded achievements within experimental music include a dozen rare compositions for solo "magnetophonic" music and a set of works for combined orthodox instruments with magnétaphone. Outside of the electronic field, Goethals was also recognized for his chamber music, symphonic orchestration, cantata, and lied compositions. This compendium focuses on Luciens magnetophonic work. Features a translation of the original track notes that accompanied the original limited Belgian pressing.” - Cacophonic.

Artist: GOEYVAERTS, KAREL
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $11.00
“Karel Goeyvaerts was born in Antwerp in 1923. After receiving a humanistic education in Antwerp, he took courses at the Lemmensinstituut in Mechelen, Belgium. From 1943 until 1947 he studied at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Antwerp. From 1947 until 1950 he studied composition with Darius Milhaud and music analysis with Olivier Messiaen and was a pupil ofMaurice Martenot at the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1949 he was awarded the 2nd Prize for Composition and the Lili Boulanger Prize at the same college. He won the Halphen Prize in 1950. During the winter of 1950-51, he wrote the "Sonata for two pianos." Because of its decisive and total stylistic novelty he designated this work "Opus 1," thus rejecting all of his former work. With this sonata he created a structural synthesis of the dodecaphonic system ofAnton Webern and the teachings of Messiaen and laid the foundations for generalized "punctual" serialism. He demonstrated the application of this technique on the electronic medium in his compositions Nos. 4, 5, and 7. During the period from 1951-1956, he influenced -- directly, through personal contact and intensive correspondence -- the musical creativity of Karlheinz Stockhausen, whom he met during the summer courses of 1951 in Darmstadt. In 1953, Goeyvaerts and Stockhausen produced the first electronic music in the studio of the NWDR (Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk) in Cologne. In 1970 the BRT (Belgian Radio and Television) appointed him as producer at the IPEM (Institute of Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music) in Ghent. In 1974 he took charge of the new music productions for BRT-3 in Brussels. Goeyvaerts received several awards, including the Koopal Prize in 1967 and the Visser-Neerlandia Prize in 1969. He also was given commissions by the BRT, the Festival of Flanders, and the NOS (Nederlandse Omroep Stichting). His works have been performed in several European countries, as well as Canada, the United States, and Japan, and at festivals of the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music), including Brussels 1950, Oslo 1953, Graz 1972, and Bonn 1977. This CD is the first collection of some of Goeyvaertss ultra-rare vinyl releases, available here for the first time outside of their original vinyl editions.” - Cacophonic.

Artist: HENRY, PIERRE
Title: Maléfices
Format: LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
“Cacophonic presents Maléfices, an outstanding film score by Pierre Henry, often overlooked in lists of the composers work. The score is a dream record for fans of early electronics, female vocal manipulation, and horror soundtracks. Widely recognized as one of the original sonic architects of the movement known as musique concrète (having joined Pierre Schaeffers initiative as early as 1949), Pierre Henry was arguably the first musician to entertain the notion of this defiant musical revolution coexisting with traditional and popular music. Initially using the media of modern dance and spoken word as a platform to contextualize his tape-music mutations (notably in unison with Maurice Bejart), Henrys fusion of academic with thematic ideas led to the birth of electronic sound design for film and theatre, exemplified most prevalently in the macabre. His score for Henri Decoins 1962 film Maléfices (Where the Truth Lies) (starring Juliette Gréco) is the missing link between his earliest avant-garde recordings and his later celebrated pop experiments with Michel Colombier and Spooky Tooth. It rivals such cinematic sound as Daphne Orams work for Jack Claytons 1961 horror film The Innocents, and features Henry at what is perhaps his most melodic, fragile, and enchanting (especially for this unforgiving, formative era in his career). Layering vocal tape loops and gossamer feminine voice treatments with plucked strings, white noise wind, and brooding, industrial treated piano textures, Henry magnifies the films intoxicated, hallucinatory narrative. This concise set of complete themes is presented here, fully remastered for the first time, alongside rare excerpts from two of the composers very earliest and least obtainable forays into theatrical sound design: instrumental parts of Henrys first stereo reconstruction of Maurice Bejarts 1961 ballet Orphée, and his seldom-heard concrète interludes from Darius Milhaud and Max Gérards opera Mariage de la Feuille et du Cliché (1958).” - Cacophonic.

Artist: LASRY-BASCHET
Title: Instruments Non-Électronique
Format: LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
“Cacophonic presents Instruments Non-Électronique, a collection of the earliest recordings by the French sound sculpture musicians known as Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet. These recordings feature the first fruits of the collaboration between the beguiling and haunting sounds of Jacques and Yvonne Lasry and the musical inventions of Bernard and François Baschet. The Baschet brothers instruments incorporated metal bars, steel rods, balloons, crystal stems, and were totally independent of electronic components or equipment, sidestepping the celebrated trends in tape manipulation and musique concrète. The instruments were played using horsehair bows and wet glass rods, which caused the tubes and metal surfaces to resonate, the amplification was produced by the movement of vibrating rods embedded in fixed plates, and the timbre could be modified by altering the sizes of the resonators. By the early 50s, the brothers had invented a series of large, visually striking sculpture-like instruments that could be used by anyone, regardless of any formal musical training. These instruments combined crystal, water, and steel to create a unique, delicate, and haunting sound. A chance meeting in 1954 with Jacques and Yvonne Lasry, two enthusiastic piano-based musicians, led to the formation of the Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet ensemble. This collection of early recordings includes tracks from a 1957 single on Ducretet Thomson credited to Jacques Lasry/François Baschet and titled Lorgue de Cristal et les Percussions, and presented with a pop-political, almost anti-musique concrète disclaimer, "Instruments Non-Électroniques." The collection also features two notable ballet pieces from 1959: "Jeux dOmbres" and "Ballet du Soho," as well as the rare soundtrack to J. Willemetzs film LAtomium, made for the 1958 Brussels Worlds Fair. Many of these inclusions also feature performances from the groups regular collaborators, such as clarinetist Roger Simon (Music de Wolfe, Chappell), vocalist Lucie Rapp, and composers and percussionists Daniel Ouzounoff and Jacques Chollet. Also included in this compilation are tracks from 1962s Mister Blues, featuring the first recordings of Jacques Lasrys son, Teddy Lasry, who, at age 15, joined the group as its clarinet player, and would go on to contribute to Magmas signature cosmic military brass arrangements. This compilation presents Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet in its very earliest vinyl appearances, a window into the origins of one of the greatest unions in experimental French music.” - Cacophonic.

Artist: LUENING, OTTO & VLADIMIR USSACHEVSKY
Title: Tape Recorder Music
Format: LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"2016 repress of Cacophonics 2013 reissue; originally released in 1955. One of the very earliest and most important examples of electronic tape music to be pressed on vinyl (alongside the Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française musique concrète compilations in France and Jim Fassetts comedic 1953 Strange to Your Ears novelty record), this privately pressed 1955 10" was released on a one-off label owned by businessman Gene Bruck to document a custom-made performance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1952. This facsimile edition of this important LP archives remastered versions of the first recorded unison of Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky, a partnership that founded the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center at Columbia University in 1959, which would later count İlhan Mimaroğlu, Wendy Carlos,Dariush Dolat-Shahi, and Alice Shields among its graduates. The October 28, 1952, performance showcased the debut of the seminal "Fantasy in Space," based on resampled flute recordings that were manipulated on magnetic tape to create an otherworldly melodic composition, stylistically begging comparison with the early recordings of Kraftwerk (made some 20 years later) and bringing a palatable and tuneful alternative to the stark avant-garde experiments of the pairs French counterparts. The mechanical construction of the track was even "performed" on primetime American television to celebrate this groundbreaking approach to modern music. The records full program includes further experiments with manipulated recordings of bells and woodwind instruments subjected to mechanical "augmentation, diminution and retrograding" to create pieces that "cannot be played with conventional instruments." In the following years labels like Folkways and Desto would also plunder this important session as a milestone in electronic music. For the purposes of this release Cacophonic have also included the seldom-heard 14-minute track "Poem in Cycles and Bells" for tape recorder and orchestra, which was recorded using the same techniques with the Royal Danish Radio Orchestra in 1956 and released via the Composers Recordings Inc. label founded by Luening himself in 1954 (employing Ussachevsky in an advisory capacity). CRI operated for 49 years, releasing records by Harry Partch, Alwin Nikolais, John Cage, and Alice Shields. Also included in this edition is an expansion of the rare 10" original artwork by legendary graphic designerRonald Clyne, an early example of his work made before he became in-house designer for Folkways Records, rivaling the likes of Blue Notes Reid Miles for some of Americas most iconic record sleeves." - Cacophonic.

Artist: MAGNE, MICHEL
Title: Musique Tachiste
Format: CD
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $11.00
"Originally released in 1959. The debut release on Finders Keepers experimental/jazz/avant-garde imprint Cacophonic,Musique Tachiste is the first in a series of rare records by French experimentalist Michel Magne. One of the very earliest full-length French concept albums -- part radical manifesto, part pantomime -- it combines found sounds and industrial noise with piano jazz alongside imposing avant-garde orchestral elements and Magnes own hammered cimbalom flourishes, as a physically humorous reaction to the bourgeoning musique concrète movement. This unique debut LP also provides an early insight into a fruitful soundtrack/conceptual jazz career that would see Magne collaborate with Jean-Claude Vannier,Martial Solal, and Artie Kaplan, and found the residential recording studio at Château dHérouville, nicknamed Strawberry Studios, where French artists like Magma, Catherine Ribeiro, Brigitte Fontaine, and Ange shared space with Terry Riley and Pink Floyd. As a dedicated producer of thematic composition, anti-intellectual experimental performance, and modern jazz, Magne was also a well respected pioneer of Frances signature film score sound of the late 60s. His self-initiated debut,Musique Tachiste, marks a stylistic crossroads where the likes of Egisto Macchi, Harry Partch, Rolf Liebermann, and Igor Wakhevitch overlap with the work of future collaborators and understudies like Jean-Claude Vannier and Martial Solal. This album is an essential forefather of European conceptual pop made at the start of a career that later furnished France with one of its most important residential studios and a discography of challenging LPs before Magnes untimely suicide in the 1984. Presented here for the first time since its initial humble pressing in its unabridged entirety complete with its collectible illustrated sleeve art, this album stands as the perfect debut release and musical modus operandi for the Cacophonic imprint." - Cacophonic.

Artist: MR. ONDIOLINE
Title: s/t
Format: 7"
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $13.00
"Since the true identity of this sinister masked electronic keyboard villain was revealed in Jean-Jacques Perreys recent autobiography, the Mr. Ondioline EP has become a desirable record amongst collectors of early electronics. As a controversial figure amongst the early musique concrete pioneers due to his painstaking ambition to put popular melody into edited tape music, this debut release from 1960 hears Mr. Ondioline showcasing Perreys Ondioline electronic keyboard (and synth precursor) while proudly celebrating the dawn of multitrack recording and tape editing. Pioneering, eerily nostalgic and creatively fearless, this record brings electric melodies to your haunted ballrooms." - Cacophonic.

Artist: TUSQUES & DON CHERRY, FRANCOIS
Title: La Maison Fille Du Soleil
Format: 7"
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
"Cross-pollinating the want-lists of art/jazz/print and architecture enthusiasts, this seldom-sighted 45 single is regarded as the rarest "lost" recording by American jazz trumpeter Don Cherry collaborating with French piano improv genius François Tusques. A missing link in the pre-formative years of improvised jazz, this mythical private pressing unites two of the key exponents of both American and French free-jazz. This intimate recording was made to accompany a 1964 exhibition by pioneering Swiss/French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (aka Le Corbusier) held in Nantes. Housed in a two-fold wrap-around sleeve identical to the original article, this release also features a miscredited appearance by bass player Bernard "Beb" Guérin." - Cacophonic.

Artist: TUSQUES WITH BARNEY WILEN, FRANCOIS
Title: Le Nouveau Jazz
Format: LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"With track titles translating to "Song for the Devil" and "The Witches," Francois Tusques rarest commercially-released LP casts an early stylistic premonition of the vampire-themed improvised soundtracks recorded for director Jean Rollin, merely months after its release. Assembling the very same group of musical sorcerers, this albums personnel (featuring, amongst others, soprano saxophonist Barney Wilen) reads like a whos-who of Frances early improvised music/free jazz scene, resulting in a wholly unique European flavor while preserving the essence of other global inter-communal travelers, such as Don Cherry and Krzysztof Komeda. Originally extracted from three separate recording sessions in early 1967, Le Nouveau Jazz opens with themes conjured up for the short film Coda by French jazz documentarian Marc Pauly, highlighting the composers adept ability in his multi-disciplined art, further aligning him with the aforementioned pioneers. The rest of the album combines frenzied macabre picture music (akin to Detroits Wendell Harrison) and emotive piano improvisations (Mal Waldron anyone?) with the sui generis inclusion of a double double bass formation courtesy of Bernard "Beb" Guerin (Sonny Sharrock/Kühn Brothers) and Jean-Francois Jenny Clarke (Enrico Rava/Giorgio Gaslini). As Tusques second official album (after the seldom-sighted Free Jazz from 1965), this LP expands on this important French musicians vision and follows up Cacophonics repress of his mega-rare Don Cherry art installation collaboration from 1964, this time introducing extra rhythmic arrangements courtesy of Italian drummer Aldo Romano (Robin Kenyatta). Housed in the elegant original "Witches" artwork sleeve by comic illustrator Jean Vern with French liner notes by French psychiatry/beat poet/crime fiction writer, Yves Buin, this worthy reissue hopes to find a unique, uninhabited part of your collection from an era that changed the Parisian underground prior to the important developments of labels like BYG Actuel and Futura Records in the early 1970s." - Cacophonic.

Artist: TUSQUES, FRANCOIS
Title: La Reine Des Vampires 1967
Format: LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"2014 release. As a central figure of one of Europes most vibrant inter-communal music movements, François Tusquess involvement as a central figure in the French free jazz scene (alongside Barney Wilen, Jean-François Jenny-Clark, and Jacques Thollot) is as indispensable as it is synonymous. As the first release in a series of long-overdue reissues and vintage archival debuts, Cacophonic presents this presumed lost, previously unreleased studio session from 1967, which sees the cross-pollination of two of Frances most exciting counter-culture families, combining the open music of Tusques and the moving image of experimental horror director Jean Rollin. This cinematic debut for both parties commenced in 1967 under the working title La Reine Des Vampires before being distributed and commonly (inaccurately) recognized as "Frances first vampire film" under the title Viol Du Vampire. Staying faithful to the projects original title and intention, this dedicated audio release hears the original unedited performance in its original form before Rollins sound editors got to work with their ruthless tape splicers, dialogue synchronization, and recycling tactics. La Reine Des Vampires features an all-star line-up of Barney Wilen, Jean-François Jenny-Clark, Bernard Guerin, and Eddie Gaumont -- assembled by Tusques in the same months that followed the important manifesto of the avant-garde that embossed the groups name on the French musical map. This advent collides at the exact point where Rollin (as an erotic writer and avant-garde theatre patron) first committed his filmic experiments to feature-length celluloid, proving this previously unheard artifact to be a significant landmark at the start of both a controversial cinematic legacy and a genuinely experimental domestic music career that immediately went on to magnetize the likes of Don Cherry, and Archie Shepp and Sunny Murray in the following year. Remastered from Tusquess very own studio master tapes and including an extra lost bonus track from his personal "work-in-progress" Ferrograph dubs, this LP not only includes the unedited soundtrack source material but compiles a number of high-quality studio demos originally turned down by Rollin in 1967. The approved themes found on the A-side of the record were also rearranged and edited for the soundtrack for Rollins second feature film, La Vampire Nue (1970), without Tusquess prior consent, providing an extra twist in the tale and instantly giving this first-time release a technical "double soundtrack" status.” - Cacophonic.

Artist: V/A
Title: Danse Sacrale: 14 Early Avant-Garde and Electronic Compositions for Ballet and Modern Dance
Format: Double LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $28.00
"The roots of electronic dance music by definition. An unlikely combination of early recordings by international electronic and avant-garde composers as well as infrequent collaborators retrospectively unified by their commitment to the musical enhancement of 20th-century ballet and the evolution of modern dance. Presenting key exponents of the musique concrète and tape music movements alongside masters of the early electric sound synthesizers, as well as pre/anti-electronic instrument designers with non-conformist and microtonal composers, Danse Sacrale reveals a broad range of truly revolutionary musical and academic advancements that found an improbable, sporadic, and vibrant creative outlet via one of Europes proudest and most sacred cultural institutions. Featuring composers Pierre Henry, Lasry-Baschet, Igor Wakhevitch, Henk Badings, Jean-Claude Vannier, Remi Gassmann, Alwin Nikolais, and Karl-Birger Blomdahl alongside choreographers like Béjart, Balanchine, and Yvonne Georgi, Danse Sacrale unites the unanimously lauded and the relatively unknown with some of their earliest and underexposed achievements. These rare and remastered compositions provide a concise retrospective of a previously undocumented global phenomenon and a global synergy that formed the true foundations of electronic dance music and changed the perceptions of modern music and dance culture in the stern face of adversity and tradition." - Cacophonic.

Artist: V/A
Title: Danse Sacrale: 14 Early Avant-Garde and Electronic Compositions for Ballet and Modern Dance
Format: CD
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $11.00
"The roots of electronic dance music by definition. An unlikely combination of early recordings by international electronic and avant-garde composers as well as infrequent collaborators retrospectively unified by their commitment to the musical enhancement of 20th-century ballet and the evolution of modern dance. Presenting key exponents of the musique concrète and tape music movements alongside masters of the early electric sound synthesizers, as well as pre/anti-electronic instrument designers with non-conformist and microtonal composers, Danse Sacrale reveals a broad range of truly revolutionary musical and academic advancements that found an improbable, sporadic, and vibrant creative outlet via one of Europes proudest and most sacred cultural institutions. Featuring composers Pierre Henry, Lasry-Baschet, Igor Wakhevitch, Henk Badings, Jean-Claude Vannier, Remi Gassmann, Alwin Nikolais, and Karl-Birger Blomdahl alongside choreographers like Béjart, Balanchine, and Yvonne Georgi, Danse Sacrale unites the unanimously lauded and the relatively unknown with some of their earliest and underexposed achievements. These rare and remastered compositions provide a concise retrospective of a previously undocumented global phenomenon and a global synergy that formed the true foundations of electronic dance music and changed the perceptions of modern music and dance culture in the stern face of adversity and tradition." - Cacophonic.

Artist: V/A
Title: Musique Concrète: Groupe de Recherches Musicales de la RTF
Format: LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"Reissue of 1960 BAM label release. Musique Concrète represents an important milestone in the development and progression of the genre of the same name. It marks a crossroad for the genre and its originator, Pierre Schaeffer and another of the genres most important protagonists, Pierre Henry. In 1942, Schaeffer and Jacques Copeau founded the Studio dEssai (renamed Club dEssai in 1946) as part of Radiodiffusion Française studios in order to experiment with radiophonic techniques. In 1948, Schaeffer occupied his time with the manner in which sound recordings "revealed what was hidden in the act of basic acoustic listening". This resulted in a series of studies known as Cinq études de bruits (Five Studies of Noises) (1948). With word of his theories and experiments spreading, Schaeffers studies grew in size and he would need assistance. Pierre Henry was an obvious choice and sound engineer, Jacques Poullin, completed the sonic powerhouse. The group was renamed the Groupe de Musique Concrete. In 1951, RTF gave the trio access to one of the earliest purpose-build electroacoustic studios, furnishing it with state of the art equipment such as a morphophone and a phonogene, both designed by Poullin. The studio attracted composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and Edgard Varèse and in that same year Schaeffer and Henry produced and premiered the first opera concrète, "Orphèe 51". Pierre Henry began pursuing projects closer to his own heart, working with experimental filmmakers and choreographers like Maurice Béjart. In 1957, following a particularly prolonged absence on RTF duties, Schaeffer returned unhappy with the direction the group had taken and tabled an idea to revitalize both their approach as well as personnel. As a result, Henry and several other key members soon left. Schaeffer lay the foundations in 1958 for a new collective called Groupe de Recherches Musicales recruiting new members Iannis Xenakis, Henri Sauguet, Luc Ferrari and Michel Philippot as well as ushering in a new steady stream of musicians eager to study, including a young Jean Michel Jarre. Featuring the full versions of these seminal early works (abridged versions of which had previously appeared across two 7" singles on Disques BAM) the recordings presented here are the first fruits of this new alliance and served to lay the bedrock for the future of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales which would later count the likes of Ivo Malec, Philippe Carson, Romuald Vandelle, Edgardo Canton and François Bayle." - Cacophonic.

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