Continuumix #11 – Europäischen Fetzen
Mix by Continuo
Total time 71:35
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Keith Jarret – Overture, from the Ruta+Daitya LP, ECM, 1973. One of the first Jarret LPs for ECM, with the pianist on electric organ and Jack De Johnette on drums.
Yves Pacher – excerpt from a cassette titled Musique des buissons, des sentiers, de l’imagination, (Music from Bushes, Trodden Tracks and Imagination), released by UPCP/Geste Paysanne, Poitiers, France, 1983. A regionalist/ environmentalist cassette teaching children how to build music instruments from wood, plants or grass blades, as is the case here.
Eero Koivistoinen – excerpt from Muusa ja Ruusa, 1971, an electronic, free jazz opera for children by Finnish saxophonist Koivistoinen. Extremely rare LP of which an excerpt is available on Extra Edition blog.
Eduard Artemiev – Motion, a collaboration with Yury Bogdanov, from the 1982 Melodya LP Metamoprhoses. Soviet film music composer Artemiev is better known for the Andrei Tarkovsky soundtracks, Solaris and Stalker.
Sven Grünberg – Rohelised Leed, from Mess, 1975-76. Founded in the early 1970s by keyboardist Grünberg and a group of Estonian musicians, Mess was a progressive rock band from Estonia who were never allowed to release their music on state label Melodya. The album finally surfaced in 1995, with a CD release on Bella Musica, Germany.
Arne Nordheim – I Auroheimen, or In the Other Home, from the opera Draumkvedet, CD, Simax records, 2006. Nordheim’s masterpiece Draumkvedet, or The Dream Ballad, was commissioned for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lilehammer, Norway. The opera blends traditional and contemporary styles and techniques. It includes untrained folk singers, medieval language, electronic music, orchestra and chorus.
Steve Waring – Image, from the 7” single titled Mirobolis on Le Chant du Monde, France, 1978. American guitarist Steve Waring made a career in France since 1965, championing fingerpicking guitar and jamming with many French guitarists. From the late 1970s, he specialized in children’s songs and released several records on Le Chant Du Monde, of which Mirobolis might be the first one. Backing musicians are Workshop de Lyon members Louis Sclavis on clarinet and sax, Maurice Merle on alto sax, Jean Bolcatto on bass and Christian Rollet on drums.
Cory Allen – track #5 from Hearing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Hears, CD, Quiet Design, 2009. Texan composer Cory Allen runs the Quiet Design label and releases intricate, minimalist electronic music compositions that both soothe and mesmerize.
Luciano Berio & Bruno Maderna – excerpts from the 1st part of Ritratto di Città, or Portrait of the City, 1954. A poetical sound portrait of Milano, Ritratto… was a radiophonic, electroacousitc composition, inaugurating the newly launched Studio di Fonologia Musicale in Milano. The text was written by Roberto Lyedi, readers are Nando Gazzolo and Ottavio Fanfani. Electroacoustic and electronic sounds by Bruno Maderna and Luciano Berio. Sound from YouTube video.
Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras – Soon–Kink Remix, 2009, Macro, Berlin. From the Macrospective 2011 2CD-set. After nearly two decades of presence, it seems Berlin minimal techno is part of Europe’s genes, now, and the genre is alive and kicking.
Dariusz Mazurowski – excerpts from Divertimento, from the “Pseudaria/ Divertimento” CD on Acte Préalable, Poland, 2011. Based on his fascination for early electronic music pioneers, Polish composer Mazurowski’s music blends analog recording technique with a digitial editing process, for what could pass for an homage to Elecktronische Musik.
Belgrade art students – Story On Copy, texts on copy in art written and read by Belgrade art students. Inspired by Manhattan gallery Salon de Fleurus, dedicated to copy and fake paintings, named after Gertrud Stein’s address in Paris, Rue de Fleurus. Apparently part of an exhibition on “The Case of Students’ Cultural Centre in the 1970s”.
Chunky Move – Mortal Engine, 2008. Soundtrack by Ben Frost for the multimedia dance performance by Australian company Chunky Move, directed by Gideon Obarzanek.
Zs – Acres of Skin, from the New Slaves CD, 2010. With New Slaves, Brooklyn trio Zs have produced their most radical record to date, an intimidating mix of math rock guitars, shrieking saxophone and stubborn, metronomic drums.
Wolf Biermann – Wie Ich Ein Fisch Wurde, from the Hälfe des Lebens LP, CBS, West Germany, 1979. After a poem by Günter Kunert, How I Becam A Fish, written 1963. Born 1936 in West Germany, Biermann relocated to East Germany in 1965 to experience Socialism in the flesh. A folk singer, poet and political activist, he instilled his Marxist ideas in LP records published in the West. On his 1978 LP Trotz Allerdem!, free jazz saxophonist Albert Mangelsdorff and Heiner Goebbels both contribute, the latter on accordion. Biermann’s daughter Catharina Hagen is better known as Nina Hagen.
Ed Cox – The Triumphant March of Piaf, from the Hardcordian EP, 2006 (sound from MySpace). Cambridge-based Ed Cox plays a hybrid form of musette accordion with robust Jungle rhythm machine. A street musician, he also plays outdoor during free parties – but always dressed as a clown, as if to break barriers with passers-by. The Triumphant March of Piaf is a wonderfully optimistic and uplifting anthem, perhaps inspired by French singer Edith Piaf.
Jean-François Charles – Zygomatic. A piece for laugh and live electronics by French composer Jean-François Charles, interpreted by soprano singer Isabelle Jost, with live interaction through Max/MSP and Jitter softwares.
Fatima Miranda – El principio del fin, from Concierto en Canto CD on El Europeo Música CD, Spain, 1994. An exquisite sound poetry lullaby for onomatopeia and kisses by the ever playful Fatima, Ultimately, everything ends with kisses, as it should be.
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