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Pascal Comeleade - Sentimentos
Pascal Comeleade
Sentimentos
LP | 1982 | US | Reissue (Etats-Unis)
28,79 €* 31,99 € -10%
Release:1982 / US – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Originally released in 1982, Pascal Comelade's Sentimientos is one of the most elusive and sought after LPs in the French composer's vast catalogue. Recorded on a two-track Revox machine, the album is an eclectic series of brief pieces – only two of the twenty tracks exceed four minutes – showcasing his poetic imagination and impressive range.

While much of Comelade's early work hints at many of the major electronic movements to come, Sentimientos remains earthbound and organic. Melodic fragments performed on piano, organ, plastic saxophone, vibes, guitar, toy piano, ukulele and synthesizer place Comelade's boundless creative spirit on display.

It is telling that Comelade chooses to cover a Brian Eno tune not from the ambient pioneer's seminal Music For Airports, released just four years earlier, but rather the more traditional "Taking Tiger Mountain," here rendered to highlight the song's previously hidden hymn-like qualities.

Like fellow countryman Ghédalia Tazartès, there is something distinctly unclassifiable about Comelade's music. Undoubtedly, the two artists share a flair for the mischievous.

Sentimientos is an unapologetically whimsical, frequently dizzying and loveably anarchic album of manic energy and radiant mystery – a perfect introduction to Comelade's singular musical mind.
Fluence - Fluence Record Store Day 2020 Edition
Fluence
Fluence Record Store Day 2020 Edition
LP | 1975 | US | Reissue (Etats-Unis)
30,59 €* 33,99 € -10%
Release:1975 / US – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Record Store Day 2020 Release.
Limitation: 750 copies.

Fluence is the brainchild and first release of sound artist / provocateur Pascal Comelade. Recorded in Montpellier, France in 1974-1975, the project consists of exploratory electronic pieces in the Fripp and Eno vernacular with a Kosmische tinge. A Few Reasons To Stay - A Few Reasons To Split, a title inspired by Swiss conceptual artist Urs Lüthi, features Comelade’s kaleidoscopic arpeggios and Richard Pinhas’ howling guitar, which variously resembles a dreamlike cello and ghostly human moans. Barcelona Tango’s off-kilter exotica with pocket trumpet and looping drum beats foreshadows Comelade’s later work, which would create a stir in some avant-garde circles for his use of unorthodox instruments (plastic saxophone, toy piano, etc.). On the side-long Schizo, Comelade’s electric organ with probing, Terry Riley-esque swooshes collides with Gabriel Ibanez’s thick, reedy buzz—together forming a truly magical soundscape. These incendiary performances ably join the ranks of other dreamily cosmic, impressionistic guitar-and-synth masterworks like No Pussyfooting and The Serpent (In Quicksilver) as well as Conny Veit’s work with Popol Vuh. Originally released in 1975, Fluence offers a remarkable emotional and textural range—richly experimental and deeply progressive - that sounds at once timeless and strikingly contemporary. This first-time standalone reissue is limited to 750 numbered copies.
Pascal Comelade - Sentimientos Record Store Day 2020 Edition
Pascal Comelade
Sentimientos Record Store Day 2020 Edition
LP | 1982 | US | Reissue (Etats-Unis)
23,79 €* 27,99 € -15%
Release:1982 / US – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Record Store Day 2020 Release.
Limitation: 750 copies.

Originally released in 1982, Pascal Comelade’s Sentimientos is one of the most elusive and sought after LPs in the French composer’s vast catalogue. Recorded on a two-track Revox machine, the album is an eclectic series of brief pieces—only two of the twenty tracks exceed four minutes—showcasing his poetic imagination and impressive range. While much of Comelade’s early work hints at many of the major electronic movements to come, Sentimientos remains earthbound and organic. Melodic fragments performed on piano, organ, plastic saxophone, vibes, guitar, toy piano, ukulele and synthesizer place Comelade’s boundless creative spirit on display. It is telling that Comelade chooses to cover a Brian Eno tune not from the ambient pioneer’s seminal Music For Airports, released just four years earlier, but rather the more traditional Taking Tiger Mountain, here rendered to highlight the song’s previously hidden hymn-like qualities. Like fellow countryman Ghédalia Tazartès, there is something distinctly unclassifiable about Comelade’s music. Undoubtedly, the two artists share a flair for the mischievous. Sentimientos is an unapologetically whimsical, frequently dizzying and loveably anarchic album of manic energy and radiant mystery—a perfect introduction to Comelade’s singular musical mind. This first-time reissue is limited to 750 numbered copies.
Terry Fox - Linkage
Terry Fox
Linkage
LP | 1982 | US | Reissue (Etats-Unis)
27,19 €* 31,99 € -15%
Release:1982 / US – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Terry Fox was a first generation Bay Area conceptual artist. Beginning in the 1970s, he worked extensively with sound, especially the use of piano wires detached from their native instrument and anchored between opposing walls of the performance space.

Linkage, Fox’s first album, was originally released in 1982 to accompany an installation at Kunstmuseum Luzern in Switzerland. The record would mark Fox’s first attempt to realize his groundbreaking and visceral piece “Berlin Wall Scored for Sound.”

Side one links five ways of playing the piano wires: drumming, pulling, bowing, beating and scraping. The room itself acts as a type of natural resonator as Fox moves the wires with padded mallet, his bare fingers, violin bow, wooden shish kebab stick and rusted metal rod. The effect of such plain arrangements can be utterly hypnotizing.

The second half of Linkage was recorded in the attic of Künstlerhaus Bethanien, West Berlin, in May 1981. A thirty-three meter long wire was held in contact with a sardine tin. Over the course of 20 minutes, pulsating drones dissolve into rhythmic patterns that sound almost synthetic in origin. As noted in the original LP pamphlet, all these sounds were strictly acoustic; the only electronics involved was the recording equipment.

In an introduction for this edition, Marita Loosen-Fox and Ron Meyers write, “The desire to eliminate any barriers between the art and the viewer/audience connects all of Fox’s situations/actions/performances. The ultimate goal is to communicate as directly as possible, which finds its most concentrated expression in the artist’s works with sound.”

This first-time reissue is limited to 750 numbered copies. Comes with booklet.
Yoshi Wada - Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile
Yoshi Wada
Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile
LP | 1982 | US | Reissue (Etats-Unis)
28,49 €* 29,99 € -5%
Release:1982 / US – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Yoshi Wada's Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile, originally released in 1982 on India Navigation, remains one of the most remarkable flowers to grow in the rarefied air of American minimalism – akin to Terry Riley's Reed Streams and Pauline Oliveros' Accordion & Voice, yet with a wild, liberated energy all of its own.
Taj-Mahal Travelers, The - July 15, 1972
Taj-Mahal Travelers, The
July 15, 1972
LP | 1972 | US | Reissue (Etats-Unis)
30,59 €* 33,99 € -10%
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
For over half a century, Takehisa Kosugi was one of the most unique and enduring figures in the Japanese underground. With a penchant for long psychedelic jams (some lasting 12 hours or more) The Taj-Mahal Travelers lived up to their name. Touring in a Volkswagen van across Europe and Asia in the early '70s, they eventually reached the actual Taj Mahal in India. Upon their return to Japan, they held a concert to raise more touring funds and released their very first recordings. Their debut album, July 15, 1972, would extend the band's matter-of-fact titling: all the tracks were named precisely for the times they began and ended.
John Duncan - Organic
John Duncan
Organic
LP | 1979 | US | Reissue (Etats-Unis)
20,24 €* 26,99 € -25%
Release:1979 / US – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The inter-disciplinary maverick John Duncan emerged in 1970s Los Angeles as a confrontational performance artist and, as the decade progressed, aligned himself with the experimental-music collective Los Angeles Free Music Society. His sound art appeared on various self-released cassettes and alongside artists such as Jim Pomeroy and Yoshi Wada on the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art’s influential compilation Sound.

Duncan’s debut album, Organic, released in a tiny edition on the artist’s own AQM imprint in 1979 and distributed through LAFMS, collects some of his earliest and most absorbing noise experiments. Recorded live, Organic is composed of two sidelong pieces: “Broken Promise,” a patient, murky dirge featuring Duncan on tape and percussion, plus Michael Le Donne-Bhennet on bassoon; and “Gala,” a kinetic, durational percussion piece featuring Duncan alone. The meditations on texture and unpredictability, realized with unconventional and found sounds, anticipate his later work with shortwave radio.

First-time standalone reissue. Limited edition of 500 numbered copies on clear vinyl.,
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