Various – Lovely Little Records

Various - Lovely Little Records box front cover
Various - Lovely Little Records box back cover
Various - Lovely Little Records box set
Various - Lovely Little Records, John Bishoff side B
Various - Lovely Little Records, Paul DeMarinis side B
Various - Lovely Little Records, Maggi Payne side A

Avantgarde music company Lovely Music, Ltd was founded by Robert Ashley’s wife Mimi Johnson in New York in 1978. Apart from Ashley’s magnum opus Perfect Lives in 1983, Lovely published Alvin Lucier, David Behrman, “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Pauline Oliveros or Annea Lockwood, among others. Still active today after almost 35 years, Lovely is a major avantgarde music label.

Published in 1980, this box set of single records introduced new artists of the Lovely stable, in addition to early associate “Blue” Gene Tyranny, who already had 3 LPs out on Lovely in 1980. Some of these composers, but not all, will later release full-length LPs on Lovely, like Paul DeMarinis or Maggi Payne. Most composers here (e.g.: Bischoff, DeMarinis, Payne, Gene Tyranny) came from the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, directed by Robert Ashley in the 1970s, hence the presence of the Golden Gate Bridge on the cover. In any case, as far as I can tell, these tracks are exclusive to this compilation and never appeared elsewhere.

♫ John Bischoff introduces some of his early, hacked computer sounds and DIY circuitry with legendary band The League of Automatic Music Composers, as well as a solo recording mixing car engine sounds and oscillators. Paul DeMarinis‘ two tracks weren’t included on his Music As A Second Language CD on Lovely in 1991. If God Were Alive… is for voice, tamboura and modified Speack’n’ Spell. A classicaly-trained flutist, event organizer and musical activist, Phil Harmonic, aka Kenneth Werner (1949–1992), contributes two tracks of sound collages from street recordings, radio broadcasts, rehearsals, found sounds or conversations. Frankie Mann was a Californian experimental radio producer in the late 1970s, running a show on Berkeley’s KPFA-FM, the radio where Charles Amirkhanian broadcasted his famous avantgarde music shows and interviews. Mann’s 2 tracks here are rather different, the first being a minimalist, new wave-ish song, the other an electroacoustic collage. After a pair of floating, out-of-this world electronic tracks by Maggi Payne, “Blue” Gene Tyranny delivers his portrait of San Francisco politician and gay activist Harvey Milk, based on demonstration recordings, political address and electronic sounds.

John Bischoff
01 Silhouette (6:05)
02 The League Of Automatic Music Composers, December 17, 1978 (8:52)
Paul DeMarinis
03 If God Were Alive (& He Is) You Could Reach Him By Telephone (7:28)
04 Forest Booties (10:56)
Phil Harmonic
05 Phil Harmonic’s Greatest Hits (7:52)
06 WPA/Composite Mix (9:18)
Frankie Mann
07 I Was A Hero From The Mayan Debutante Revue (9:31)
08 How To Be Very Very Popular (Excerpt) (8:59)
Maggi Payne
09 Lunar Desk Lunar Dusk (7:56)
10 Lunar Earthrise (Excerpt) (7:38)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny
11 Harvey Milk (Portrait) Part I – The Action (9:23)
12 Harvey Milk (Portrait) Part II – The Feeling (9:51)

Total time 1h43mn
Box-set with six 7-inch records issued by Lovely Music, NYC, 1980

Download (incl. 28pp PDF booklet)

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22 Responses to “Various – Lovely Little Records”

  1. 1 Myke July 2, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Incredible share. Thank you!

  2. 2 rainier July 2, 2012 at 6:45 am

    wonderfull thank’s you…

  3. 3 continuo July 2, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Hard to believe so much music could be crammed on a bunch of 7-inch records.
    Thanks for your comments.

  4. 4 horstu July 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I haven’t had the time listening to the records yet, but your pristine reproduction of the artwork/booklet is, as always, fantastic and very useful

  5. 5 continuo July 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Oh, thanks. I try my best to document the records appearing on the blog. After all, in most cases, it will be the first and last time they appear in the digital world. An opportunity not be missed for me and for readers.

  6. 6 Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián July 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

    thanks a lot for this rip my friend! you did a fantastic job as always =)


  7. 7 continuo July 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Thanks, Joaquín.

  8. 8 RTC July 4, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Thanks so much for another great rip!

  9. 9 Dave M July 4, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Thanks very much for this (and the booklet too!). BTW I think Maggi Payne has a new collection (of older stuff) out.

  10. 10 bambi July 4, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Awesome! Thanks so much Continuo.

  11. 11 continuo July 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Thanks for your comments, guys.

  12. 12 RTC July 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Yes Dave M, Root Strata just put out a fantastic compilation of mostly unreleased music composed for video artist Ed Tannenbaum’s work between 1984-1987.

  13. 13 continuo July 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    This Root Strata LP looks gorgeous, indeed.

  14. 14 jl July 5, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Thank you so much – this is one of the things I’ve missed playing most since losing my turntable. One slight typo in that Maggi’s piece is actually called ‘Lunar Dusk’. There’s an entire album’s worth of her 70’s pieces that need an official release sometime soon.

  15. 15 continuo July 5, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Of course, you’re right: “Lunar Desk” doesn’t make any sense and sounds ridiculous. Thanks for signaling the typo.

  16. 16 Miguel Frasconi July 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Continuo,
    Was the link discontinued? (Did Mimi find out?) I can’t seem to find the right download page.
    Best to you!

  17. 18 continuo July 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm


  18. 19 Le sot July 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Wonderful, many many thanks et tous mes compliments pour votre oeuvre.

  19. 20 continuo July 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    My pleasure.

  20. 21 Rod Stasick September 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Back in the 80’s, I was a regular DJ at WZRD in Chicago.
    Occasionally, we would feature something called “Void Watch”
    which was like a Cage Musiccircus with live musicians and various studio events using more than one studio. One evening, instead of bringing in
    a big record box of recordings, I showed up only with this set of 7 inches.
    Using multiple turntables, multiple speeds, and live tape machine alterations, it was easy (and fun!) to add to the 5+ hours of beautiful noise that night. Thanks for the reminder!

  21. 22 continuo September 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I can only imagine the feast of sounds emerging from these little records.
    Thanks for your comment, Rod.

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