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Artist: STONE, CARL
Title: Electronic Music from the Eighties and Nineties
Format: Double LP
Label: Unseen Worlds
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Electronic Music from the Eighties and Nineties presents the soothing, hallucinatory side of Stones slow-evolving, time-bending composition. While we cant always identify the source, we can hear that his sounds come from somewhere, and that there is a “correct” or “complete” version of them in theory; and so we can hear when they are being changed. What drives Stones music is the flow that he draws out of those differences: the way an Indonesian gamelan morphs into a chorus built from one female vocalist over the course of “Mae Yao”s twenty-three minutes, the surprise emergence of a Mozart chorus out of the synths and skip-glitches of “Sonali,” or the slow, ambient evolution of “Banteay Srey”. “Woo Lae Oak,” issued in a single side edit for the first time, is an exception. Its samples – a tremolo string and a bottle being blown across the top like a flute - are simple in the extreme. Yet the Stone hallmark is clearly present, he locates the inherent emotional properties of the sounds – the tingling anticipation of the string and the calm nobility of the wind – and takes them into unexpected expressive territory." - Unseen Worlds.

"In recent years, the Unseen Worlds label has performed an essential service by reissuing significant (and too little heard) works of Minimalism and electronic composition. This month, that hot streak continues with “Electronic Music from the Eighties and Nineties,” the labels second collection of pieces culled from the catalog of sampling maven Carl Stone. In some earlier works, Mr. Stone relied a Buchla synthesizer. He also tended to favor a disorienting approach to looping and layering. This new compilation shows the composer steadily embracing new technologies as they became available — and exploring some new moods. In notes for “Banteay Srey,” created in 1993, Mr. Stone wrote that “a Burundi childs song is stretched and recontextualized with an original musical bed,” courtesy of MIDI, a then-new “personal computer,” a sampler and a synthesizer. The end product is far less manic than some of his prior experiments, but no less gripping." - Seth Colter Walls, The New York Times.

Artist: STONE, CARL
Title: Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties
Format: Triple LP
Label: Unseen Worlds
Country: USA
Price: $36.00
“This 3LP set contains a selection of seven early works by American composer Carl Stone, all previously unpublished except for “Shing Kee,” which appeared on the 1992 New Albion CD release, Moms. Notorious, formerly elusive recordings like "Sukothai," "Shibucho," and "Dong Il Jang" exemplify how Stone masterfully guided his art through the transition period when New Music exited the loft scene of the 1970s for a stab at commercial presence in the 1980s, satisfying both impulses by fusing his compositional ambition with systems of live performance that were simultaneously pop savvy, commercial suicide, and technologically and aesthetically forward thinking. His live performance practice, documented here in a carefully restored archival recording of “Kuk Il Kwan” at The Kitchen in 1981, has merged seamlessly with todays computer-driven methods. The earliest works of this collection, “LIM” and “Chao Praya,” realized on the Buchla 200, date to the early 1970s while Stone was a student of James Tenney and Morton Subotnick at CalArts, a rare glimpse of Stone working with purely electronic source material. Liner notes by Carl Stone, Jonathan Gold, Richard Gehr, and Marc Weidenbaum accompany on a gatefold sleeve. Download card is included with a digital-only bonus track, “Unthaitled” from 1978. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker.” - Unseen Worlds.

"Of the serious composers to come out of 1980s California, Carl Stone is the one who has always performed in nightclubs as well as concert halls, for spiky-haired punks as well as the Ph.D-and-ponytail set – his brand of electro-acoustic bricolage was probably better known among jazz musicians than it was to the blue-haired Monday Evening Concerts crowd." - Jonathan Gold, from the liner notes.

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