Music Gallery Editions

CCMC - Volume 4 - Free Soap

"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.
\r\nFree 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.\r\n

\r\n"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. _¢‚Ǩ¬¶ Sometimes with the CCMC the ensemble "running" _¢‚Ǩ¬¶ 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. \r\n

\r\nSealed 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..). \r\n

\r\nCasey Sokol: piano, steel drum, Yamaha organ
\r\nMichael Snow: Piano, trumpet, marimba, siren electric piano, aluminum foil, percussion
\r\nNobuo Kubota: siren, strange horn, whistle, cymbals, drums, crackle box, alto sax, duck, glockenspiel
\r\nAl Mattes: Buchla synthesizer, bass, shell casings, horns, marimba, bells, steel drum
\r\nPeter Anson: Buchla synthesizer
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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

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