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TELECTU - Halley

Original unplayed copies, with the gatefold insert, of the 1985 release from Portuguese duo TELECTU , two years after their groundbreaking "Belzebu" release. ("'Belzebu' was originally released in 1983 and it had absolutely no context in the Portuguese music scene. ..the first minimalist recordings released in Portugal, according to the duo."). 

Jorge Lima Barreto - Synthesizers JX3P and Jupiter 6/ Vítor Rua - Electronic Guitar 7o7.

Bio from Holuzams reissue of the 'Belzebu' LP: "Jorge Lima Barreto (JLB) was very active in the avant-garde and jazz scenes (he recorded a ground-breaking AnarBand LP in 1977 together with Rui Reininho, later to assume lead vocals in the pop band GNR) and his uncompromising attitude and leftist leaning didn’t earn him many friends in the press or industry.

Vítor Rua (VR), founder and main composer in GNR, met JLB at an art gallery roughly a year and a half before the recording of GNR’s first LP “Independança” (1982). The result of this meeting was an acquired friendship and long-lasting collaboration, opening up a vast field of experimentation VR eventually felt GNR couldn’t accommodate. Let’s not forget, however, that the whole of side B on “Independança” was taken up by one long improvised instrumental track built around bass and drums. On a pop LP.

By the time GNR played on the memorable second edition of the Vilar de Mouros festival (August 1982), the inner turmoil regarding musical orientation resulted in the band being down to three elements. VR was obviously one of them but he was already thinking aside and beyond GNR. Drummer Toli was invited to play with VR and JLB in the TELECTU gig on the same festival, the only time this formation played live. The trio went on to record TELECTU’s first LP “Ctu Telectu” still in 1982, dragging in Dr. Puto to add some vocals on three tracks. Reininho was considered but never invited. This was clearly not GNR.

Meanwhile, during the later half of 1982 and early 1983, TELECTU embarked on a series of home sessions that resulted in “Belzebu”’s two sides. The music was carefully noted, all the unorthodox methods written down, all the techniques described and influences assumed (notably the New York avant garde scene JLB had contacted in his travels throughout North and South America)."

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