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Artist: CCMC
Title: Volume 3
Format: LP
Label: CCMC
Country: Canada
Price: $34.00
Limited reissue of CCMCs 1978 LP, originally on Music Gallery Editions. A bit tougher to score than other later original CCMC vinyl due to most copies 'disappearing' after New Music Distribution Services bankruptcy.

Sleeve Notes:
October Fourth 10/4/77 Three sections. 1: About 7.5 minutes with Nubo Kubota, alto saxophone; Michael Snow, trumpet with mutes; Case Sokol, piano; Allan Mattes, bass; Larry Dubin, drums. 2: ("sea travel") Peter Anson, guitar; with bass, drums, trumpet and alto. 3: Begins with (Snow, Kubota) marimbas and electric piano (Sokol) and hammered guitar, and then two pianos (Snow, acoustic), then Dubin on marimba with bass and ostinato piano (Snow). A fourth, lyrical section begins with Kubota on soprano saxophone, fades during a transition.
September Twentieth 9/20/77 Three sections. 1: Allan Mattes, clarinet and bowed base; Peter Anson, guitar; Larry Dubin, Casey Sokol, bottles and percussion. 2: Sokol, piano; Dubin, drums; Mattes, bass; Anson, guitar. 3: (Sokol) plucked piano and autoharp; Anson, guitar; Mattes, bass; Dubin, ABS pipe drums and percussion.
June Seventh 6/7/77 One movement of a very long piece. Casey Sokol, piano; Larry Dubin, drums; Allan Mattes, bass; Nubo Kubota, tenor saxophone; Michael Snow, trumpet.

Artist: CCMC
Title: 90
Format: Double Cass
Label: CCMC/Music Gallery Editions
Country: Canada
Price: $27.00
"These cassettes document a unique phase in CCMCs history. These recordings – recorded between October 1989 and October 1990 – feature original members Snow, Mattes and Kubota, joined by sound poet Paul Dutton and John Kamevaar (synthesizer, pre-recorded sounds). Dutton, who is still a member of CCMC today (a trio with John Oswald and Michael Snow), was once a member of Torontos legendary Schwitters inspired sound poetry quartet The Four Horseman. He joined CCMC in 1989, bringing a new dimension to the groups sound with his guttural grumblings and Mongoloid droning, leading them into weird outer-space ethnographic territory. This double cassette release is further evidence of how this radical Cabal of Canadian Music Creators always manage to sound peerless, orbiting a universe entirely their own." - Polyphasic Recordings.

Original copies of this 1990 self released double cassette (via MGE) stored for a couple decades in Michael Snows studio.

Artist: CCMC
Title: Volume 4 - Free Soap
Format: LP
Label: Music Gallery Editions
Country: Canada
Price: $22.00
"From 1974 until the early 1980s CCMC played at least two concerts a week, most of which took place in their own venue, The Music Gallery, in Toronto. The band was and continues to be a "free music orchestra" devoted to spontaneous composition. One look at the cover of the Vol 1 LP and its apparent that CCMC are not your typical hippy free-rock group, slick-suited jazz cats, nor tweed academic weekend composers. In fact, CCMC never really look like typical musicians at all, but rather like visual artists, family men, scholars, Canucks, ecologists, sculptors and radical adults they are. Similarly, their sound can never really be pinned down in the way that other devotees of "free" music usually are; never as dogmatic as AMM, as angry as American free jazz, as bleak as Japanese free jazz or as humorless as European free improv. CCMC are as comfortable playing toys and melodies as they were noise electronics and torrential freak-outs. In the truest sense CCMC were sonic explorers devoted to spontaneous free music, uninhibited by any restriction, be it melody, silence, genre, volume or instrumentation.
Free Soap is CCMCs masterpiece, especially the incredible real-time tone poem a.k.a. February 13th that takes up the first side of the LP. The piece begins with sparse strokes of marimba, trumpet, synthesizer, bowed bass and piano moving into the brilliant middle section which uses long silences in a way that anticipates Onkyo by over 30 years and then builds into an all out free-scorcher which sounds like it could have been off a Center of the World LP if not for the electronics and steel drum which keep it lifted, weird & diversely Canadian." - B. Hocura.

"We would all be playing simultaneously and relationships would appear in equal and respectful side by side running not in commentary, not in fugues/imitations, not in accompaniments, not in team-work but in togetherness of our individual, ultimately alone lives. Being Together. … Sometimes with the CCMC the ensemble "running" … transcends the pack and the sound becomes so full, so charged, that it becomes a floating speeding electrical cloud. One cant tell what one is playing but one feels it to be ecstatically part of the Unity, one cant account for where any of the sounds are coming from, theyve all become one. Its an Eternity. This happened during a concert in Vancouver. I felt myself floating and the sound became visible light." - Michael Snow.

Sealed copies of this 1979 release on the legendary Music Gallery Editions label (David Rosenboom, Peggie Sampson, John Oswald, Glass Orchestra, Lubomyr Melnyk, Nihilist Spasm Band, etc..).

Casey Sokol: piano, steel drum, Yamaha organ
Michael Snow: Piano, trumpet, marimba, siren electric piano, aluminum foil, percussion
Nobuo Kubota: siren, strange horn, whistle, cymbals, drums, crackle box, alto sax, duck, glockenspiel
Al Mattes: Buchla synthesizer, bass, shell casings, horns, marimba, bells, steel drum
Peter Anson: Buchla synthesizer
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Artist: CCMC
Title: Volume 5 - Without Song
Format: LP
Label: Music Gallery Editions
Country: Canada
Price: $22.00
"From 1974 until the early 1980s CCMC played at least two concerts a week, most of which took place in their own venue, The Music Gallery, in Toronto. The band was and continues to be a "free music orchestra" devoted to spontaneous composition. One look at the cover of the Vol 1 LP and its apparent that CCMC are not your typical hippy free-rock group, slick-suited jazz cats, nor tweed academic weekend composers. In fact, CCMC never really look like typical musicians at all, but rather like visual artists, family men, scholars, Canucks, ecologists, sculptors and radical adults they are. Similarly, their sound can never really be pinned down in the way that other devotees of "free" music usually are; never as dogmatic as AMM, as angry as American free jazz, as bleak as Japanese free jazz or as humorless as European free improv. CCMC are as comfortable playing toys and melodies as they were noise electronics and torrential freak-outs. In the truest sense CCMC were sonic explorers devoted to spontaneous free music, uninhibited by any restriction, be it melody, silence, genre, volume or instrumentation.
Recorded in January 1980, almost one year after Free Soap, Vol 5. Without a Song seems instilled with a new sense of humour and adventure. The LP finds the group quoting from lounge piano ballads one moment, whimsical comedy soundtracks the next and then lifting off into a full force freakout. The dynamics are incredible, with the band achieving the kind of volcanic volume associated with Japanese noise groups almost 15 years later, followed by passages of serene beauty and near silent micro-dynamics. Its a truly enlightening ride, one that provides startling new insights on every listen." - B. Hocura.

"We would all be playing simultaneously and relationships would appear in equal and respectful side by side running not in commentary, not in fugues/imitations, not in accompaniments, not in team-work but in togetherness of our individual, ultimately alone lives. Being Together. … Sometimes with the CCMC the ensemble "running" … transcends the pack and the sound becomes so full, so charged, that it becomes a floating speeding electrical cloud. One cant tell what one is playing but one feels it to be ecstatically part of the Unity, one cant account for where any of the sounds are coming from, theyve all become one. Its an Eternity. This happened during a concert in Vancouver. I felt myself floating and the sound became visible light." - Michael Snow.

Sealed copies of this 1980 release on the legendary Music Gallery Editions label (David Rosenboom, Peggie Sampson, John Oswald, Glass Orchestra, Lubomyr Melnyk, Nihilist Spasm Band, etc..).

Casey Sokol: piano, Cat synthesizer, beer bottle, harmonica
Michael Snow: piano, trumpet, Cat synthesizer, percussion, tube-a-phone
Nobuo Kubota: ratchet, whistles, cymbals, drums, crackle box, alto sax, C.B. receiver, glockenspiel, flexitone, plastic tube with sax mouthpiece, comic contrapuntal cowbell, shell casings
Al Mattes: Buchla synthesizer, marimba, bells, cymbals, bass, shell casings, horns, marimba, duck
SOLD OUT

Artist: CCMC
Title: Decisive Moments
Format: CD
Label: TLR
Country: Canada
Price: $16.00
Features Paul Dutton, Michael Snow, John Oswald and others..

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