John Van Rymenant/Michael Galasso ‘Scan Lines’

Scan Lines LP front
Scan Lines LP back
Scan Lines side A

Active as a jazz saxophonist during the 1960s, Belgian John Van Rymenant (or Van Rijmenant, as the record’s label says) joigned prog-rock bands Waterloo (along keyboard player Frank Wuyts, later in Aksak Maboul) and Necronomicon (pre-Univers Zéro) in the early 1970s. In the mid-1970s, he formed a duo with Kris Shannon called Pneuma Two. Later in the 1980s, Van Rymenant played saxophone on Geoff Leigh and Frank Wuyts‘ LP ‘From Here To Drums’, on No Man’s Land, Germany, 1988. US violinist and composer Michael Galasso, (1949-2009) became famous in the 1990s as a film soundtrack composer (In The Mood For Love, 2000), though he first composed stage music for director Robert Wilson in the 1970s, and later collaborated with choreographers Karole Armitage or Lucinda Childs. His first disc, Scenes,  was recorded in Germany in 1982 and released by ECM in 1983.

♫ Like John Van Rymenant’s first LP (Memory Stop, 1982, see here), Scan Lines is the soundtrack to a multimedia project created by Brüssels’ dance company Plan K, premiered in Japan, 1984, though the music on the disc was recorded at a later date during a 1984 New York performance. Galasso plays electrified violin with some pre-recorded parts and occasional sound effects. Van Rymenant plays synthesizer, sequencer, electronic effects, saxophone and tapes.  Over a (presumably) pre-recorded pizzicato track playing a Minimalist rhythm, Part Ia has Galasso duetting with himself playing Romantic, long-held notes in the distance – plus amplifier hum is noticeable at this point. An ornamented, elaborated electronic rhythm on sequencer is introduced, over which violin and saxophone build a progressive dialogue playing hushed, soft notes. Part Ib is a frenzy of electronic sounds, sequencer rhythm and an alternance of pizzicato and marching melodies a la Art Zoyd. Part IIa starts with a variation on a JS Bach’s Partita for solo violin by Galasso, making it sound like a US Minimalist composition. The track ends with keyboard low frequency drones and sad, distant violin arpeggiatos. Part IIb is well balanced between rythm and melody, violin and synth, sequencer and sound effects. It goes through different moods and is the most dance-oriented of the LP – contemporary dance, that is. A great album, to no surprise from Igloo Records ca 1984.

Scan Lines – The Paradise of the Artificial Eye
01 Part Ia (17:00)
02 Part Ib (5:10)
03 Part IIa (10:23)
04 Part IIb (11:10)

Total time 43:43
LP released by Igloo Records, ref. IGL 025, Brüssels, 1984


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7 Responses to “John Van Rymenant/Michael Galasso ‘Scan Lines’”

  1. 1 Nick Hamilton June 28, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Cheers Continuo, this is lovely!
    These Igloo things are new and very welcome to my ears.

  2. 2 continuo June 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Hi, Nick. Glad to introduce someone to the beauties of the Igloo catalog. Interesting things on your Semi-detached website. Will investigate soon. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. 3 gianni August 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    what a great record!
    Thank you

  4. 4 continuo August 11, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    You’re welcome, Gianni.

  5. 5 james April 6, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Any way you could make this available?

  6. 6 Kwong Vei Yong March 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    hi there,

    possible to re upload it again pls?

  7. 7 September 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Hello from Brussels…
    i m looking for this wonderfull album for so long time!
    Could you please re upload it again please?
    Or tell me how to get it…
    Thanks for your sharing and your help
    Best regards

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