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Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Alloy (Golden 1)
Format: CD
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
“Originally released in 2000. The Golden Research is the name chosen for the complete documentation of previously unpublished works by Charlemagne Palestine starting from the early 1960s to the mid-late 1970s. Such a huge project will include seminal collage and electronic music, Bell Studies, New York and California drones, piano drones as well as more specific compositions. All the recordings will be exclusively available through Alga Marghen. Be ready to change your own opinion about minimalism and music in general? Holy1 and Holy2 were both recorded in NYC in 1967. Charlemagne Palestine was listening to a lot of ethnic world music; he was also immersed in the late night New York soundscape, absorbing the spatial sound diversity and beauty that such a big city could only express very late at night. He also worked at night building up a sound, oscillator by oscillator; then adding tiny increments of white noise that would gradually make the sounds thicker and thicker until they were immense sacred machines humming like gargantuan Tibetan bees. The sounds were played very, very loud, making all the objects in the room resonate, while outside all was quiet and sleeping. Holy1 & Holy2 were done this way. Then, in 1969, Tony Conrad asked Charlemagne Palestine to make some carillon music for his film Coming Attractions. They were seeing each other regularly when the Free Music Store of radio station WBAI asked Palestine to create a piece for an event they were preparing to broadcast live on radio. So he asked Tony, his saxophonist Bob Feldman and his then-wife and soprano Deborah Glaser to collaborate on a work that he would organize around an instrument that he invented at that time called an Alumonium. Tony Conrad played an instrument that he invented, the Long String Drone, that was a long string attached to a long wooden structure and amplified. Bob played the chimes and a conch. Deborah sang and played chimes and Charlemagne sang, also played the chimes and some percussion instruments that they found lying around the hall where they played. The piece became Alloy and the sound used as an all-electronic background continuum, played through loudspeakers in the hall, were Holy1+2 from 1968. Digipak CD edition with folded insert and liner notes.” - Alga Marghen.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Bells Studies
Format: LP
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $26.00
“Edition of 400 copies. Includes original photos from the recording sessions. High up in a tower, accessible only by a spiral staircase that led to a concrete platform above the whole city, Charlemagne Palestines "HellsBells" became the sonic mainstay of 53rd Street and 5th Avenue, NYC, from 1963 to 1970. In 1963, while attending The High School of Music & Art in New York, the 15-year-old Palestine was asked if hed be interested in playing a 26-bell carillon at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. He decided that he loved the voluptuous Taylor bells, and played them every day from 1963 to 1970, when he left New York to study and teach at CalArts. During his time above 53rd and 5th, Palestine became known as the Quasimodo of midtown NYC, and his dissonant and "klanggdedangggebannggg" style of playing attracted a diverse group of fans, from Moondog to John Cage to Tony Conrad, among others. Palestine was able to continue playing his clanging-bell soap operas for seven years, dinggdonggingggg every late afternoon and Sunday mornings. This LP collects some of the most relevant recordings from those early days. Side A presents the complete reel-tape "Bells Studies," an intense, pulsating work in five movements. It begins with slow, hypnotic, large sonorities and accelerates into more dense and maximal explosions. Side B collects some shorter studies: "Bells," the two parts of "Confiscated Bell Tape," and an excerpt from "Dumb Bell Tape." Each track was recorded by the composer in single takes around 1965 and unheard since, until now.” - Alga Marghen.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: CharleBelllzzz at Saint Thomas (Golden 666)
Format: CD
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
"Presented in tri-fold digipak sleeve. Alga Marghen presents the "sixSIXsix"th installment of its Golden Research Charlemagne Palestine archive series: CharleBelllzzz at Saint Thomas. These previously unreleased recordings of Palestines "Bells Studies" are both some of his earliest recordings and some of his darkest and most accomplished works. In 1963, while attending The High School of Music & Art in New York, the 15-year-old Palestine was asked if hed be interested in playing a 26-bell carillon at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. He decided that he loved the voluptuous Taylor bells, and played them every day from 1963 to 1970, when he left New York to study and teach at CalArts. During his time high above 53rd Street and 5th Avenue, accessible only by a spiral staircase, Palestine became known as the Quasimodo of midtown NYC, and his dissonant and "klanggdedangggebannggg" style of playing attracted a diverse group of fans, from Moondog to John Cage to Tony Conrad, among others. Palestine was able to continue playing his clanging-bell soap operas for seven years, dinggdonggingggg every late afternoon and Sunday mornings. "Bells Carillon" and "St Thomas Bells," both recorded at unidentified dates between 1966 and 1968, are maximal-bells-pure-resonating frontal attacks, building up in a structure that anticipates the later Strumming campaigns (SR 297CD). Unique and clashing dissonances created like an instinctive, spontaneous outburst. Palestine played the bells right next to his body. The sounds became physical, visceral; each crack of the clapper was like a small earthquake." - Alga Marghen.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Four Manifestations On Six Elements
Format: CD
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
"2015 remastered version of Alga Marghens 2010 reissue of the Sonnabend Gallerys 1974 limited edition double LP. Presented in digipak sleeve with full-color 12-page booklet including two essays, originals score, and visual materials relating to the composition. Alga Marghen presents the fifth installment of its Golden Research Charlemagne Palestine archive series: Four Manifestations On Six Elements, one of Palestines most well-known works. In 1973 the Sonnabend Gallery in New York commissioned Palestine to make Four Manifestations On Six Elements. "Two Perfect Fifths, a Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre -- sound color -- through exploration of the inert chemical activity in the overtone series of tone fundamentals. This genre of Palestines work is akin to a kind of sound alchemy, blending elements over and over again in search of the Golden Sound: the essence of the chord or harmonic structure itself. In "One + Two + Three Perfect Fifths, in the Rhythm 3 Against 2, for Piano" (1973), Palestine uses the resonant Bösendorfer piano to create a more lively and complex variation of tones, intervals, overtones, and rhythms. "One Fifth" evolves by reinforcing the fundamentals of a fifth with their higher octave. Each performance of this work is different, as Palestine reinterprets these simple elements and listens within them for variations of amplitude, mixture, and inertia at the moment of the performance. "One + Two Fifths" deals with the way a rhythmic sonority sounds when the sustain pedal of the piano is not used, thus focusing on its rhythmic aspect. Gradually, by adding the sustain pedal, the external rhythmic pattern begins to internalize, becoming an inert part of the whole timbral fabric -- a piece expressing the struggle for dominance between rhythm and timbre. In "One + Two + Three" a third fifth is added -- variations of melody and sonority reinforcements culminating in a rhythmic deceleration process. "Sliding Fifths for Piano" (1972) is an impressionistic version of the three fifths used in the entire work. The continuous liquid waterfall of pure romantic piano sound and color is an homage to Debussy, Ravel, and Monet. "Three Perfect Fifths, a Major Second Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is the complexification and continuation of track one. A pure and sonorous phenomenon.." -Alga Marghen.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Four Manifestations on Six Elements
Format: Double LP
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $284.00
"One of Charlemagne Palestines most well-known works, Four Manifestations on Six Elements is presented here as a 2LP record edition limited to 180 numbered copies, the first publication of Algamars, the new sonic art division of Alga Marghen. The gatefold sleeve is silkscreened in one color and presents a signed drawing by Charlemagne Palestine on the front cover. In 1973 Charlemagne Palestine was commissioned to make Four Manifestations on Six Elements by the Sonnabend Gallery in New York. As the gallery was well known for its presentation of conceptual art, Palestine decided to create a record similar to an exhibition space with four walls to expose on, each wall corresponding to a side on a double LP record. "Two Perfect Fifths, a Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre and sound color, through exploration of the inert chemical activity in the overtone series of tone fundamentals. In this genre of his work Palestine feels akin to a kind of sound alchemist -- blending elements over and over again through the years searching for the "Golden Sound" -- the essence of the chord or harmonic structure itself. In "One + Two + Three Perfect Fifths, in the Rhythm 3 Against 2, for Piano" (1973) the elements introduced are now elaborated upon on the piano. The resonant Bösendorfer allows Palestine to create a more lively and complex variation of tones, intervals, overtones and rhythms. "One Fifth" evolves by reinforcing the fundamentals of a fifth with their higher octave. Each performance of this work is different as Palestine reinterprets these simple elements listening within them for variations of amplitude, mixture and inertia at the moment of the performance. "One + Two Fifths" deals with the way a rhythmic sonority sounds when the sustain pedal of the piano in not used, thus focusing on its rhythmic aspect. Gradually by adding the sustain pedal, the external rhythmic pattern begins to internalize, becoming an inert part of the whole timbral fabric -- a piece expressing the battle of rhythm versus timbre for dominance. In "One + Two + Three" a third fifth is added -- variations of melody and sonority reinforcements culminating in a rhythmic deceleration process ending the work. "Sliding Fifths for Piano" (1972) is an impressionistic version of the three fifths used in the entire work. The continuous liquid waterfall of pure romantic piano sound and color is an homage to Debussy, Ravel and Monet. "Three Perfect Fifths, a Major Second Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is the continuation of wall one. A pure and sonorous phenomenon. Edition limited to 180 signed and numbered copies in a silkscreened gatefold sleeve, with an original drawing by Charlemagne Palestine on the front cover." - Algha Marghen.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Four Manifestations on Six Elements
Format: Double LP
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $130.00
"One of Charlemagne Palestines most well-known works, Four Manifestations on Six Elements is presented here as 2LP record edition limited to 120 numbered copies pressed into white vinyl. The gatefold sleeve is silkscreened in one color and presents the original score from 1970. In 1973 Charlemagne Palestine was commissioned to make Four Manifestations on Six Elements by the Sonnabend Gallery in New York. As the gallery was well-known for its presentation of conceptual art, Palestine decided to create a record similar to an exhibition space with four walls to expose on, each wall corresponding to a side on a double LP record. "Two Perfect Fifths, A Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre, sound color, through exploration of the inert chemical activity in the overtone series of tone fundamentals. In this genre of his work Palestine feels akin to a kind of sound alchemy -- blending elements over and over again through the years searching for the Golden Sound - the essence of the chord or harmonic structure itself. In "One + Two + Three Perfect Fifths, In The Rhythm 3 Against 2, for Piano" (1973) the elements introduced are now elaborated upon on the piano. The resonant Bosendorfer allows Palestine to create a more lively and complex variation of tones, intervals, overtones and rhythms. "One Fifth" evolves by reinforcing the fundamentals of a fifth with their higher octave. Each performance of this work is different as Palestine reinterprets these simple elements listening within them for variations of amplitude, mixture and inertia at the moment of the performance. "One + Two Fifths" deals with the way a rhythmic sonority sounds when the sustain pedal of the piano in not used, thus focusing on its rhythmic aspect. Gradually by adding the sustain pedal the external rhythmic pattern begins to internalize becoming an inert part of the whole timbral fabric -- a piece expressing the battle of rhythm versus timbre for dominance. In "One + Two + Three" a third fifth is added -- variations of melody and sonority reinforcements culminating in a rhythmic deceleration process ending the work. "Sliding Fifths for Piano" (1972) is an impressionistic version of the three fifths used in the entire work. The continuous liquid waterfall of pure romantic piano sound and color is an homage to Debussy, Ravel and Monet. "Three Perfect Fifths, A Major Second Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is the continuation of wall one. A pure and sonorous phenomenon." - Alga Marghen.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Holy 1 & Holy 2
Format: Double LP
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $60.00
"Holy1 and Holy2 (both composed in 1967) were edited in 1999 by Charlemagne Palestine and interconnected through a long cross-fade; the wonderful 30 minutes resulting from the editing are to be heard on the Alloy CD. At the same time it was also decided to produce a double-LP featuring the uncut, original Holy1 and Holy2 in their full duration beauty. The complete 42 minutes of Holy1 were printed on side A and side B. The shorter Holy2 was printed on side C. As the composer underlines these 2 compositions may also be played  simultaneously, creating a new original work, as it happened in the late 1960s when he used them as a texture for an experimental dance piece. This double-LP was designed to give the chance to recreate the environment resulting from the simultaneous playback of Holy1 and Holy2. A sound installation to be privately performed at home by playing the records in the same moment on two turntable systems (side A+C or B+C). The very subtle variations of the two compositions generate a continuously changing and never ending sound environment. Side D features the music of Holy1 + 2 created in 1968 for Gus  Solomon, a choreographer at New York University and student of Merce Cunningham. Edition of 380 numbered copies." - Alga Marghen.
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Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: In Mid-Air (Golden 3)
Format: CD
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
"Originally released in 2003. The first electronically generated sounds thatCharlemagne Palestine ever heard came from the machines he encountered in ordinary daily urban life. Machines like the refrigerator electric motor, or electrical generators; but it was especially the sounds of motion (race cars, motorcycles, war planes, rocket ships) that first excited his sonic imagination as a young teenager. Then he heard the electronic music of Tod Dockstader, Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer, the famous "Podme Electronique" of Varèse, Xenakis and "Gesang der Junglinge" of Stockhausen. He immediately reacted buying a cheap reel-to-reel tape recorder, cutting and pasting recording tape and making collage sound experiments. Then, one day, Charlemagne Palestine experienced at an electronic music studio what electronically produced sound waves looked and sounded like through an oscilloscope and he began studying Helmholtzs On the Sensation of Tone. He started dreaming of an expressive, continuous, ever-moving, ever-changing sound form; an enormous sonorous, 3-dimensional sculptural canvas in mid-air using electronically produced sounds. The first experiments were done with simple sine tone generators emitting the purest sound waves without any overtones. With access to more complex systems, the sound was constructed using the sine/sawtooth/square wave oscillators in a fluid, ever-changing mix of adding or filtering overtones and white noise to create sonorities, constantly changing timbres, and weight. Five early electronic compositions including "Sine Tone Study" (1967); "Open Closing" (1968), created through speed alterations of "Holy 1+2"; "Seven Organism Study" (1968); "Negative Sound Study" (1969) and "Timbral for Pran Nath" (1970). Late night electronic sonorities created on the Buchlas 100 & 200 systems available at the New York University Intermedia Centre. All compositions previously-unreleased. 3-folded digipak cover with original photos and liner notes written by the composer." -Alga Marghen.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Negative Sound Study
Format: One Sided LP
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $32.00
"Negative Sound Study" was composed in 1969 directly on a historical Buchla 100-System experimental synthesizer available at the Intermedia Centre of the New York University. Charlemagne Palestine was dreaming of an expressive continuous evermoving, everchanging sound form; an enormous sonorous, 3-dimensional sculptural canvas in mid-air using electronically produced sounds. The first experiments were done with simple sine tone generators emitting the purest sound waves without any overtones. With access to more complex systems the sound was constructed using the sine/sawtooth/square wave oscillators in a fluid everchanging mix of adding or filtering overtones and white niose to create sonorities constantly changing timbres and weight. "Negative Sound Study", remained unheard for the last 33 years, is one of the purest and most compelling works for electronic sonorities ever composed. LP edition of 290 copies only." - Alga Marghen.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Relationship Studies
Format: LP
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $33.00
"Relationship Studies LP includes 2 seminal electronic music radical realizations by Charlemagne Palestine, or Relationship Study No. 1 (1967) and the generally titled Electronic from the same year. Sounds in motion like race cars, motor cycles, war planes, rocket ships excited Charlemagne sonic imagination when we was still a young teenager. Then came the experience of listening to the electronic music of Tod Dockstader, Alwyn Nikolais, Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaffer, Xenakis and Poème Electronique by Edgar Varese. Immediately fascinated, Charlemagne Palestine bought primitive electronic equipment and started to experiment, creating his original electronic-esque language. The two previously unreleased 18 minute masterpieces presented here directly come from this early period of intense experimentations in a fluid, ever-changing mix of adding and filtering white noise and simple sine tone generators. Both pieces are late night compositions created at the electronic music studio of the New York N.Y.U. Intermedia Center using Buchla 100 and Buchla 200 systems. Even if dating back from the mid-1960s, these intense sonorities might very much recall the best early power electronic scene from the late 1970s, in particular to the first brut music works created by Maurizio Bianchi. For sure they represent a very unique and inspiring approach to electronic creation, sounding more and more actual and surprising nowadays. Edition limited to 350 copies." -Alga Marghen
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Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Running and Chanting and Falling and Ranting
Format: CD/Book
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $68.00
"Privately issued by the artist in collaboration with Alga Marghen, Running and Chanting and Falling and Ranting is quite a unique book presenting images from Charlemagne Palestines complete video productions. "Body Music I" (1973) and "Body Music II" (1974) were Palestines first incursions into the video medium. They were followed, from 1974 until 1979, by a series of works that together form one of the seminal and most distinctive bodies of conceptual, performance-driven video of that decade. As a composer, performer and visual artist, Palestine has gained international recognition for his influential music, sound compositions and performances across six decades. His psychodramatic video works of the 1970s, which are less well known, transform and extend his sound and performance art into the electronic medium. Throughout these pieces, Palestine activates ritualistic movements and vocal expressions (hypnotic chants, screams, keening wails) as outward articulations of interior states. The very titles of these fervent enactments suggest extreme physical and psychological catharses, release and escape. Palestines video works of the 1970s are visceral, raw, urgent. While his video works must be seen in dialogue with Palestines music and performances (his signature objects like stuffed animals, cognac, and scarves appear across media), they also speak to the specific conditions of early video art practices and the wider alternative art scene and countercultural sensibility of the era. Palestines unruly, unpredictable performance videos emerged in the context of an equally unruly and unpredictable landscape of art-making in the 1970s. As art practices moved away from object-making towards an emphasis on process, the prevailing discourses of conceptual art and post-Minimalism were manifested in the dematerialized gestures of Body Art and performance, and in hybrid forms such as installation, experimental music, expanded cinema, intermedia art, and video. The nascent video art scene was further cross-pollinated with generative ideas and influences that ranged from technology and television to cybernetic theory and political activism. The presiding spirit was one of experimentation, ad hoc and collective processes, and improvisation, a renegade ethos tracked in the decades underground art from counterculture to punk. The book includes an essay by Lori Zippay titled Body Music: Charlemagne Palestines Video Rituals, a long interview by Serpentine Gallery directorHans Ulrich Obrist as well as a CD with the full soundtracks of "Body Music I," "Body Music II," "Island Song," "Running Outburst" and "Tying Myself Up." 254 color pages, A4 size. Co-release with Filipson Editions." - Alga Marghen.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Sacred Bordello
Format: Book/CD
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $72.00
"As one of the most influential figures of experimental music and performance Charlemagne Palestine has remained an enigma. Unlike his illustrious contemporaries Terry Riley, John Cale, Steve Reich and Phillip Glass little has been written on Palestine and his continuing influence. In his own right, he was and remains today a pivotal personality whose research in musical composition and performance has been characterized over the years by its incantatory repetitiveness, its flamboyance and its mysticism, but also by its violence. Born in Brooklyn in 1947 his first musical experiences were as a cantorial singer in the synagogues of New York. Through his contact with Tony Conrad Palestine was soon introduced to the thriving experimental art scene of the late 1960s. The circles around Andy Warhol and La Monte Young provided a crucial backdrop for Palestines work which increasingly extended beyond the scope of music. His groundbreaking appearances, which combined violent piano playing, performance, video and installation, were considered to be amongst the most radical musical experiences, leaving a lasting impression on followers such as Arto Lindsay, Glenn Branca, Sonic Youth, and the Sex Pistols as well as Tintin creator Herge. His musical oeuvre escapes any ready categorisation Brooklyn, is a synthesised drone mixed with field recordings of a festival. Palestines epic durations, microtonal trembles and dense overtones are reoccurring features in contemporary industrial and electronic music. Palestines unique style of singing, Indian singer Prandit Pran Nath Charleworld, were crucial influences on artists such as Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy. Through recent collaborations with Barcelona based techno duo Pan Sonic and David Coulter (Kronos Quartet) Palestine remains a crucial contributor to todays experimental music scene.  A wonderful full colour book (size cm. 23,50x18,50), with flexicover, 192 pages including essays, scores, original photos of both performances and installation. The most complete documentation on Charlemagne Palestine art. The compact disc will feature the 60 minutes recordings of a lecture that Charlemagne Palestine gave on March 7th, 1975 at ArtNow Centre in Canada. After the performance of a strumming music concert, the author freely speaks about his music, the philosophy beyond his composition techniques and art involving the students in some kind of magic ritual. Starting as a question and answer conversation, the lecture develops into an intimate speech in which particularly private subjects are discussed. The lecture ends with a particularly touching suspended atmosphere showing how real communication in universities should be. The compact disc also includes a breathtaking multi-layer voice study of the early 1960s never published before on record, very similar in sound and structure to the electronic music studies just issued by Alga Marghen." - Alga Marghen.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Sharing A Sonority
Format: CD
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
"Alga Marghen proudly presents a new chapter in the documentation series of Charlemagne Palestines historical works. This CD of previously unavailable recordings not only presents you Charlemagne Palestine activities in 1974, collaborating with some of most important experimental artists and composers from either the New York loft scene and Cal Arts, but also features world premiere recordings of Terry Jennings and The Fundamental D Flat Group. Short & Sweet is the title of a breathtaking duo for piano and sax performed on April 24th by Charlemagne Palestine and Terry Jennings. The two composers happened to play together in very private concerts at Cal Arts, but never recorded those sessions, until a special day when Charlemagne happened to have a little tape recorder around. The recording was considered lost for more than 30 years, when finally a copy was found thanks to Tony Conrad. The piano part reminds some of the early pieces by Charlemagne Palestine titled Piano Drones (as the one pre-dating of a couple of years this duo and presented on the Continuous Sound Forms CD issued on Alga Marghen. The liner notes of the same CD mention this duo with Terry Jennings at the time considered lost). Terry Jennings soprano sax is very elaborated and decorative. Around 1967, Charlemagne was experimenting mainly with voice and electronics. He also occasionally recorded piano and sax improvisations with his friend Bob Feldman. This CD featured a very special duo by Palestine and Feldman playing electronics and flute. The two artists met in 1961 when Bob Feldman worked in a jazz record shop in the Times Square subway station. Palestine didnt know much about jazz and Feldman guided him through the new progressive jazz styles of the times. Later at the Intermedia Center of NYU where they had a Buchla synthesizer, Charlemagne and Bob Feldman experimented between jazz raga and electronics. Very little was recorded. This is one rare duet that dates probably from around 1967. The last track on this CD is the first 30 minutes of a recording from April 22, 1972 by The Fundamental D Flat Group performing in Db. During one trip back to NYC from Cal Arts, Charlemagne Palestine was invited by Tony Conrad (together with Rhys Chatham) to Albright College in New Jersey for a Sunday afternoon concert. That was the first and last time The Fundamental D Flat Group played in public (Tony Conrad: violin, horn, string drone; Rhys Chatham: flute, organ, string drone; Charlemagne Palestine: voice, pipes, snifter). Although the piece lasted all afternoon, the first 30 minutes were the only portion recorded during the performance. The Fundamental D Flat Group invite you to listen and meditate in the mode of Db. To hear this is to enter the deepest realm of knowledge of the sound current. The ear, the understanding, and the core of the spirit resonate to the mode of the single tone and its harmonic family. You read, and hear, and feel the empathy of human spirit. This CD is housed in a beautiful digipack with a full color sleeve with photos and liner notes. The edition presents some of the best recordings ever issued by Charlemagne Palestine, a highlight in the Alga Marghen catalog and a unique chance to listen to the core of Charlemagne Palestine." -Alga Marghen

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Sound 1
Format: LP
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $32.00
"As the title well underlines, Sound 1, electronic sonority is a starting point in Charlemagne Palestines research for the Golden Sonority. Previously unpublished, this radical and fundamental work has now been released on LP record in collaboration with the New Media Dept. of Centre Pompidou (National Museum of Modern Art) in Paris for the first Oeuvres Sonores event, December 15th, 2008. Charlemagne Palestine started to dream of an expressive, continuous, ever-moving, ever-changing sound-form; an enormous sonorous 3-dimensional sculptural canvas in mid-air, using electronically-produced sounds. At first, he began experiments with simple sine tone generators, emitting the purest sound waves without any overtones. Then, gradually, with access to Moog and arps, he constructed sounds using the sine/sawtooth/square wave oscillators in a fluid, ever-changing mix of adding or filtering overtones and white noise to create sonorities constantly changing timbres and weight. Palestine experimented in this way from 1964 till 1974 in NYC and then, in California. Finally, he assembled his own drone machine of 16 ultra stable oscillators designed by Serge Tcherepnin and 4 band pass filters designed by Donald Buchla. He would build up a sound, oscillator by oscillator, then add ever-so-slightly to the oscillator input, tiny increments of white noise that would gradually make the sounds thicker and thicker, until they were immense, sacred machines humming like gargantuan Tibetan bees. Charlemagne played them very, very loud, making all the room and objects in it resonate, while outside all was quiet and sleeping. He worked like a painter with a palette and a canvas and he mixed and added and mixed and added over, entire nights, mixing, adding, and then lying on the mattress and listening and fine-tuning. Finally, at a certain point, after several nights, the sonority seemed ready to record. Hed put on the tape, prepare the tape machine with the proper level as not to overload it, and record the texture. This 1-sided LP was issued in an edition limited to 500 copies. Includes a 25-page program booklet, including an essay by Charlemagne Palestine and artwork by John Giorno." -Alga Marghen

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Two Electronic Sonorities
Format: LP
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $28.00
"Alga Marghen proudly presents two seminal electronic music radical realizations by Charlemagne Palestine. These previously unpublished pieces confirm once more how advanced his Golden Research already was in the 1960s, a very personal approach to sound which would have later become so influential for future generations. Continuous Sound, built by an ever-changing mix of adding and filtering white noise and simple sine tone generators, is the most solid sound construction that Charlemagne created in preparation of his lost electronic masterpiece LAvventura, inspired by the Michelangelo Antonioni movie with the same title. Continuous Sound pre-dates LAvventura of just a few months and with its suspended atmospheres and its deep sense of mystery represent one of the most fascinating sonic works by Charlemagne Palestine. Crown Chan is an electronic music piece created for a dance by Gus Solomon in 1970. Conceiving music for dancers gave Charlemagne the possibility to experiment and manipulate the reel tapes of some of his electronic sonorities. In a previous collaboration with Gus Salomon, Charlemagne created a new sound by simply superimposing two already existing and accomplished electronic drones. Holy1 and Holy2 thus became a completely new sonority titled Holy1+2 (these works were included in the CD titled Alloy, also issued by Alga Marghen). In the case of Crown Chan Charlemagne worked in a more structural way, shaping his electronic sound materials into two stereo reel tapes (titled Crown Chan 1&2 and Crown Chan 3&4) which also integrated silent parts and were meant to be played back simultaneously, thus providing a powerful live music for the dancers. Edition limited to 380 copies, with an institutional portrait of the composer on front and back sleeve for you consumers to enjoy." -Alga Marghen.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Voice Studies
Format: LP
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $27.00
"The VocSon series presents on limited edition LPs the most advanced international vocal experiments and is mainly dedicated to the documentation of sound poetry. This series includes now the new LP record by Charlemagne Palestine titled Voice Studies. Charlemagne Palestines introduction to music or sound was first with his own voice. He began at four years old to sing versions of popular songs and operas in his own way. Later on, a director of a Jewish sacred music choir auditioned him to sing with them, Charlemagne was seven years old at the time and for the next seven years, he sang all over the East Coast and the U.S. as a member of a choir that sang with many of the greatest European Chazans (Jewish Sacred Singers) who had fled Europe during the rise of anti-Semitism and resettled in America. From them he learned to sing in a long chanting style with his own natural voice. At the same time he met Pran Nath, the master of Kirana singing and studied a short time with him as well as Javanese singing with Ki Wasito di Puro at Cal Arts. Over the years, Charlemagne Palestine has performed and recorded vocal works as an important part of his output as a sonic artist. This LP includes the very early Surrealistic Studies, recorded in Brooklyn in the beginning of the 1960s. Using a Webcor reel-to-reel tape recorder and discovering a technique of shouting into the microphone and immediately pulling it out, creating an interior echo chamber where the sound would turn around on itself, changing and distorting. No other electronic sound manipulation techniques were used. Voice + Piano Study I & II are short and beautiful piano improvisation with tape superimposition of accelerated voice pieces. Recorded at Cal Arts on September 29th, 1971. Voice Study was recorded in Manhattan in the mid-1960s. In this study Charlemagne sings in a falsetto duet with himself on two separate tracks. Sung in a resonant space reminiscent of a synagogue in the falsetto voice that he began to develop from Jewish male sacred chant falsettos. He searches for intervals that resonate together and respond like electronic sound wave oscillators played against each other. Finally, there is the fantastic 6-minute Beauty Chord + Voice with Charlemagne playing piano and singing. Edition limited to 385 copies." -Alga Marghen
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Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Godbear
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $21.00
Limited repress. "The first vinyl release of Charlemagne Palestines Godbear, a 1987 solo piano recording originally scheduled to sit alongside Sonic Youthand Swans in the catalogue of Glenn Brancas Neutral Records but eventually released on CD by the Dutch Barooni label in 1998. Although Palestine has worked in an enormous variety of media, his long form performances for solo piano are perhaps his most acclaimed works. Palestine immersed himself in the study of overtones throughout the 1960s, working first with carillons and then with electronic synthesis, searching for the golden sound. Beginning in the early 1970s he continued his exploration of the complexities hidden within seemingly simple tones and intervals on the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, the Rolls Royce of pianos. With the pianos sustain pedal constantly depressed, Palestine hammers out rapidly repeated notes, allowing a complex cloud of overtones to rise above the percussive texture of the struck keys. Initially working with simple intervals such as octaves and fifths, Palestine gradually expanded the harmonic range of his piano performances over the years, while still retaining their ecstatically single-minded nature. Revisiting his signature piano style in 1987 after several years focusing on visual art, Godbear presents three distinct variations that demonstrate the development of his piano music after the classic recordings of the early 1970s. Occupying the entire first side, The Lower Depths stages a slow descent from the pianos mid-range to the Bösendorfers cavernous additional low octave, building into a thundering swarm of booming overtones. Breaking entirely with the stereotype of clinical minimalism, Palestines journey to the depths embraces passages of darkly romantic melody before slowly ascending to its starting point. The version of Strumming Music performed here condenses the developmental arc of the piece into eleven minutes, fanning out from a single octave to a complex harmonic wash that calls to mind Palestines enthusiasm for Debussy and Ravel. Timbral Assault is like an evil twin of Strumming Music, transforming its insistency and harmonic complexity into aggressive intensity and creeping dissonance, foreshadowing Palestines later collaborations with Christoph Heemann. A classic release, and one that, because of the variety of approaches surveyed within, serves as an ideal introduction to Palestines ecstatic and mysterious sound world" --Francis Plagne. Remastered and cut byRashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Presented in a deluxe gatefold sleeve designed by Stephen OMalley." - Black Truffle.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: SchlingenCassettenBlangen
Format: Cass
Label: Close/Far Recordings
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
“Close/Far Recordings is positively elated to publish an unreleased version of Schlingen-Blängen, from Charlemagne Palestines personal archives, recorded in 1977. Palestine considers it to be the first official recorded version of Schlingen-Blängen that pre-dates the only other published version, recorded in 1988, by eleven years. Both pieces were performed on the same church pipe organ in Delfzijl, Holland by the North Sea. Because the master was recorded on cassette, informing the character and atmosphere of the piece, and since this new edition is once again on cassette, Charlemagne has named it SchlingenCassettenBlängen. This analog magnetic tape captured version from 1977 is exquisitely dark and humid in comparison to the wonderfully bright and crisp digitally recorded version from 1988. It will also be the first full-length solo Charlemagne Palestine work ever released on cassette.

SchlingenCassettenBlängen is colored by the nuances and flaws of being a decades-old cassette tape which Charlemagne feels embellishes the recording, making it a special new work. Or as he says "Itsssss Casssettennnn magiccccc!!!" The intermittent speed warping and out of tune tape sliding invites a rich dialogue with the mechanics of the cassette itself and fundamentally with time. Clocking in at 90 minutes long it stretches out in an ethereal fashion that is simultaneously ruminative and tempestuous documenting Charlemagnes organ playing in a particularly elegiac, painterly, and ultimately sublime mode. Fortunately, this important but hidden early document is now preserved enabling us to experience a very special chapter in Palestines recorded oeuvre highlighted by a truly ecstatic final passage that stands amongst his most emotive, mystical, and powerful moments.” —N.N.N. Cook, 10/14

Comes in a special printed outer sleeve wrapped around the Norelco case
Featuring new and archival artwork by Charlemagne Palestine
With color and b+w double-sided, 4-panel j-cards
In an edition of 369 (at Charlemagnes request)
Color imprinting on clear shells w/clear liners
90 minutes, Chrome Type II, High-bias tape
Professionally duplicated and printed
Digital download link included
Mastered by Jonathan James

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Strumming Music
Format: CD
Label: New Tone
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
"1995 CD reissue of one of the alltime classic artifacts of Minimalism.  Originally issued on LP in the contemporary composer series on the legendary Shandar label." - FE. "Charlemagne Palestine is probably the least known, and the most legendary, among the great masters of the American Minimal Music, but he is not, for this reason, less important. Differently from La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass, Charlemagne Palestine, after a first phase of intense research to definite the musical

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Godbear/Jamaica Heinekens in Brooklyn
Format: Double CD
Label: Palestine, Charlemagne
Country: Italy
Price: $36.00
"Originally released on the Barooni label and sold out since a long time. Charlemagne Palestine and Alga Marghen have decided to make the two CDs available in a new 2CD set edition. The CDs are a new print of the original ones, both included in a newly designed slipcase. Godbear . Flying. In the stratosphere of the overtones. Turn out the lights. Close your eyes. Trance out. Into SONORAMAGNIFICATALAND. Pushed by Remy Martin cognac, the piano would replay the encoded performances exactly in three parts. Strumming. Lower Depths. Timbral Assault. A re-evaluation of work from the seventies, recorded in the eighties, released in the late nineties and available on CP Records now. A long fuckin journey, dont cha think? Nuf said! Jamaica Heinekens in Brooklyn . Charlemagne Palestine recordings on the 5th of September 1997, on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, of the Jamaica Day Parade. With a small Sony DAT player and a small stereo microphone, Palestine walked throughout the festival very slowly for several hours to let the ambient sounds of each block naturally change in real time. The 60+ minutes segment on this record is played without any editing. Superimposed upon this extract Palestine has composed three series of drone textures for Yamaha organs, 16 Serge & Rubery oscillators with bandpass filtering, and a thick Arp Synthesizer texture using oscillators, filters and other sound modulation devices. All together this work creates a dialogue between pure and mixed electronics and the real-time ambient sounds of a traditional urban ethnographic popular festival. Edition of 500 copies." - CP Records.
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Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Old Souls Wearing New Cloths
Format: LP
Label: Slowscan
Country: Netherlands
Price: $24.00
2003 release. Red vinyl. "A live recording (VPRO Radio, Oct 7. 2001) for piano, voice and electronics. Edition of 323 copies. File under minimalism, Tony Conrad, La Mount Young [sic]... " - Slowscan.
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Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: From Etudes to Cataclysms
Format: 2CD
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $19.00
"This is the first solo work by Charlemagne Palestine on Sub Rosa -- the first but probably not the last -- the label would also like to re-release a series of his classic works, which have previously been unavailable. From Etudes to Cataclysms is one of Charlemagnes most important works. An impressive composition of more than 140 minutes based on a unique instrument -- a double piano on which one keyboard is played by the feet. - Sub Rosa. "Several years ago, Martin Kaufmann of Kaufmann Pianos in Brussels told me he had seen and heard an amazing and unique instrument in Italy. A piano with two separate bodies! One with a normal grand piano body having 88 notes to be played with the fingers, and below this piano was a second piano also with a grand piano body that could play simultaneously the lower 37 notes of a grand piano with pedals for the feet. Having known my music for years and that I had been a carilloneur where one plays with both fists and feet simultaneously, Martin Kaufmann thought that the Borgato would be perfect for my music. The inventor of this unique instrument was Luigi Borgato from Padua, who developed this instrument with his wife, Paola. I was intrigued, and through an intermediary, the Italian pianist Roberto Posseda visited the Borgatos in Lonigo where they have their workshop and found that their instrument was perfect for my body and my music. We immediately decided to organize recording sessions in a local church for one week and From Etudes to Cataclysms is the result!" --Charlemagne Palestine, October 2007.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: Strumming Music
Format: Triple CD
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $21.00
"Subtitled: For Piano, Harpsichord And Strings Ensemble. Sub Rosa presents unpublished works by minimalist composer/vocalist/performer Charlemagne Palestine. Charlemagne Palestine wrote intense, ritualistic music in the 1970s, intended by the composer to rub against audiences expectations of what is beautiful and meaningful in music. A composer-performer, he always performed his own works as soloist. His earliest works were compositions for carillon and electronic drones, and he is best known for his intensely performed piano works. These unpublished pieces from the mid-70s are works built on the same principles that he developed and established over the years for the piano. This is a unique variation on composition that introduces a perpetual rise inside a continuum of sound. "All of the Strumming Music manifestations seem to have originated from Charlemagnes physical relationship with the colossal carillon bells in the tower of St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York. I met Charlemagne Palestine in 1968. The intensity of his listening impressed me as the intensity of his playing would later, when I heard him play on the carillon and the bells to his church. I realized later, when Charlemagne had started to develop his series of piano pieces called Strumming, that he was assaulting that concrete ceiling and literally pushing through its three feet to release the sonic energy in the piano, much as he had with the carillon. Charlemagnes interest and work in electronic music increased in the late 60s, and in 1970, he decamped to southern California where he became a graduate student working with Morton Subotnick. It was during this year at CalArts (1970-71) that Charlemagne developed an approach to the piano that was not only extremely repetitive and physical, but predicated on the theory that, given the right stimulus, the instrument had a voice of its own and could produce a whole array of high overtones that seem to jump out on their own as if by magic. Over the next few years, he developed and polished the music that came to be known simply as Strumming. The rapid alternation between single notes and chords and different registers became a technique that he seemed to own, and it really only worked with this magic piano. Strumming was the physical technique; the melodies and harmonies that resulted made the music breathe and feel alive. After a while, the ear doesnt distinguish between notes that are sounded by hammers and those which are." --extract from the liner notes by Ingram Marshall. Housed in an 8-page digipak including a 16-page book." - Sub Rosa.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: The Apocalypse Will Blossom
Format: CD
Label: Yesmissolga
Country: Italy
Price: $16.00
“2007 release. Charlemagne Palestines The Apocalypse Will Blossom is a stunning piano performance that brings Palestines recorded work thundering into the 21st century. Working in the lower registers of the piano, as Palestine did in the late 70s, this intensely powerful live performance is unlike anything hes previously released. Recorded in 2000 by Christoph Heemann at the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany (on the occasion of the 1000-year celebration of Charlemagne), and subsequently processed by Heemann, The Apocalypse Will Blossom offers the closest experience one can have to hearing Palestine live without witnessing one of his performances. This recording is offered in a CD digipak printed in full color with a collage inspired by Palestines visual work representing the four horsemen of the apocalypse and an original collage detail of Triomphe de la Morte by the French artist Jacques Brissot. Charlemagne, NOW!” - Yesmissolga.

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