Marten Ingle ‘Specific Pacific Archipelagos’


01 Land Of Shadow (9:50)
02 Rattler Dub (3:33)
03 Desperation In Funk (4:24)
04 The Bites (5:23)
05 Mythical Movie Music (4:02)
06 Ports Of Darkness (4:35)
07 Third Bali Dream (6:43)
08 Horizon (5:05)
09 Pornographic Duo For A Fake Corpse (3:00)
10 Ride The Camel (4:44)
11 Stallion Theme (5:34)
12 Horse Dreams (1:25)
Total time: 58:20
Released 1985
Note: I had to shorten the opening track due to major tape flaws.

MIngleMarten Schik Ingle is a californian musician who started playing bass in Bay Area clubs during the 1970s,. At California Institute of the Arts, he studied with Morton Subotnik and John Cage. He performed the latter’s ‘Etcetera’ in 1975, along Eberhard Blum and Ron Kuivila, amongst others. He worked with Tom Oberheim building synthesizers. Founding member of new wave rock band The Innocents, relocating to Paris when the band split (1982?). Launched his own label Fish Ranch Records. Has played bass and keyboards with Yma Sumac, Tony Allen, Elliot Murphy, Yazuaki Shimizu, french pop bands Téléphone, Louis Bertignac & Les Visiteurs, and various jazz and world music groups. ‘Specific Pacific Archipelagos’ was issued on legendary parisian tape label Tago Mago, run by music critic Pascal Bussy, who now works as french Harmonia Mundi Distribution manager. The cassette starts like SPK’s ‘Zamia Lehmanni’ (1986), just to lure you into dark ambient territory, whereas the real meat of the album is a kind of gamelan electronic white funk performed on keyboards and fretless bass guitar. There is even a krautrock ingredient in this electronic funk, think Cluster for instance. Other tracks (#07) sound like a mix between Wendy Carlos gamelan project and Grand Mixer DST. Otherwise, you’d think some Lou Harisson on synthesizer thanks to typically West Coast exotic elements. This is an unforgettable cassette with some tracks as perfect as anything on Brian Eno’s Another Green World, but with a unique sound palette and great musicianship that will no doubt take you by surprise.

Download [NEW LINK, Aug.1st, ’09].

Some Tago Mago releases:

1981 Mecano/Robert Wyatt, tape+zine
1982 Eyeless in Gaza/Lol Coxhill Tago Mago 4752
1982 This Heat/Albert Marcœur Tago Mago 4753
1983 Satellite & Atom Cristal Camouflage 003
1983 Various Artists – Labels – Paris Tokyo Tago Mago 4754
1983 Fondation Le Vaisseau Blanc Camouflage 002
1984 Can Prehistoric Future Tago Mago 4755
1984 Can Prehistoric Future TM-2215 4
1984 Video Aventures Camera (in Focus)/Camera (al Riparo) TM 331
1985 Atom Cristal First Aid Camouflage 004
1985 Marten Ingle Specific Pacific Archipelagos Camouflage 005
1985 Musique Pour Un Film Imaginaire Tago Mago 4756
1985 Hector Leuck et Krista Lili traces/Plaisir loques TM 452
1985 Satellite TM 451


7 Responses to “Marten Ingle ‘Specific Pacific Archipelagos’”

  1. 1 doroskedeho February 20, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I respect your historical knowredge of Ambient Sound and Power and Passion of re-searching.
    I get this favorite sound from your blog.

  2. 2 daniel70 February 10, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    this blog is such an amazing trove musicwise, as well as info-wise… i can hardly thank you enough (every time over) for your efforts…

  3. 3 continuo February 10, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I’d love to be thanked everytime over, though. Thanks for dropping by, Daniel.

  4. 4 db August 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    This looks like a very interesting release. Unfortunately, the link has expired.

  5. 5 continuo August 2, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Now re-upped.

  6. 6 Marten January 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Hey Continuo!
    I can’t thank you enough for your comments and
    putting this music up on the web.
    I have a bunch of cassettes left but I never thought
    to digitize it for the web.
    I can send you a copy of my new album, Faraway Radioland,
    if you like.
    Happy 2011 and all the Best!

  7. 7 continuo January 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you, Marten. Specific is a favourite. I’ll get in touch back channel soon.

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