01 The Drowned World (8:49)
02 Lost In The Park (8:55)
03 The Diphtongs Of Ancient Dialects (9:45)
04 Industrial Frictions (3:48)
05 Schlopbobo Mukma (5:05)
06 Ambient 3.14: The Torus (5:18)
07 We’ve Got A Future (8:56)
08 Lost At The Fair (4:50)
09 Nicaragua In My Bathtub (1:20)
Total time: 56:45
No label, no release date (circa 1986-1987).
A composer out of Eugene, Oregon, Phyllyp Vernacular was involved in the Eugene Electronic Music Collective (see here). But if we’re to judge from the typical reverbed ambient/industrial sonorities of this tape, he could as well be a californian musician in the same league as Naut Humon & Rex Probe’s Rythm & Noise (eg ‘Chasms Accord’, Ralph, 1985) or Marten Ingle (see his tape on French Tago Mago ‘Specific Pacific Archipelago’, also in 1985). Actually, this could be a Rythm & Noise side project since it really reminds the Chasms Accord LP, but I’m just guessing here, as information on this release is rather scarce. Plus, some vocal improvisation/babbling reminds me of Frank Zappa or The Residents. The cassette comes in a very unusual black felt wrapper whose bolts and screws are possibly an hommage to Depero’s ‘Libro bullonato’, published 1927 (bolted book, see picture below). The inside is made of satin with silkscreened pink letters – arguably the most refined cassette cover I have ever seen. The A side has 3 long ambient tracks while the B side is more varied. The opener is an apt soundtrack to JG Ballard’s The Drowned World, a beautiful, dreamy evocation of a lost future world. Keyboards and electronic processing are the main ingredients of Vernacular’s music – on the Eugene Electronic Music Collective tape, Vernacular is credited with DX-7, Korg MS20 and sequencer. His synth sounds are an interesting mix of german ambient (Klaus Schulze, Cluster) and american avantgarde electronics (David Tudor, David Behrman). Track #3 has processed vocals (the ‘diphtongs’ of the title) along electronic experimental droning sounds. Other tracks also include sound poetry a la David Moss/Henri Chopin on Schlopbobo Mukma, as well as concrete music (on the last track, for instance). This is a very fine release akin to the Rythm & Noise LP quoted above.
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