Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cook Laboratories: The Compleat In Fidelytie

This 1956 hi-fi test record / sound effects LP is going to be irrelevant to nearly 100% of the world's population. I'll admit it - I bought it for the cover.

Large Sounds: Jets, Steam Trains
Medium-Sized Little Sounds: Baby, Phone
Old Cylinder Recordings: Thunderer March, He Goes To Church On Sunday
Sounds You Never Expected To Meet: Mexican Firecrackers, 1893 Pump, 10,000 Hens, Early American Violinist
Technical Section: Wide-Range Distortion (Organ, Fly)
Wind in the house, wind in the trees

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Friday, June 17, 2016

The New York Woodwind Quintet Plays Alec Wilder Woodwind Quintets Nos. 3, 4, and 6

Once more the New York Woodwind Quintet take on Alec Wilder, this time his Quintets No. 3, No. 4, and No. 6.

Quintet No. 3: Allegro Fugato
Quintet No. 3: In Choral Style
Quintet No. 3: Allegro Scherzando
Quintet No. 3: Andante - Allegro
Quintet No. 4: Andante Cantabile
Quintet No. 4: Allegro Energetico
Quintet No. 4: Allegro
Quintet No. 4: Slowly, with warmth and intensity
Quintet No. 6: Allegro
Quintet No. 6: Andante

Quintet No. 6: March
Quintet No. 6: Allegro Giocoso

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The New York Woodwind Quintet Plays the Music of Alec Wilder

More goodness from Alec Wilder, as performed by the New York Woodwind Quintet. The last three tracks are cover arrangements by Wilder of various standards.

Quintet No. 2 for Woodwinds: Allegro
Quintet No. 2 for Woodwinds: Andante e Rubato
Quintet No. 2 for Woodwinds: Presto
Quintet No. 2 for Woodwinds: Allegro
Suite for Woodwinds: Scherzo for Flute
Suite for Woodwinds: Andante for Oboe
Suite for Woodwinds: Air for Clarinet
Suite for Woodwinds: Blues for Horn
Suite for Woodwinds: Buffoonery for Bassoon
Dinah
Pavan
Chorale Prelude - Jesu, Joy and Treasure

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Mundell Lowe and his Orchestra: New Music of Alec Wilder

File under “Pop”, because there’s no “Polymath” aisle at Amoeba. Alec Wilder was seldom appreciated in his lifetime, but the names of those who did, from Frank Sinatra to Spike Milligan to Peggy Lee, indicates something of the eccentric grace and wit in this American composer’s songbook. Wilder first hit the public consciousness in 1939 thanks to Mitch Miller’s productions of his Octets, which immediately established Wilder as the best namer of pop tunes since Raymond Scott with titles like “Neurotic Goldfish”, “Jack, This is My Husband” and “It’s Silk, Feel It!” New Music of Alec Wilder was commissioned by guitarist/arranger Wendell Lowe for his Tentet, and picked up for distribution by Riverside Records, the late-fifties home of Thelonius Monk and Bill Evans.


Suggestion for Bored Dancers
She Never Wore Makeup
What Happened Last Night?
Walk Softly
Let's Get Together and Cry
Mama Never Dug This Scene
Pop, What's a Passacaglia?
No Plans
The Endless Quest
Around the World in 2:34
An Unrelenting Memory
Tacet for Neurotics

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

İlhan Mimaroğlu: Wings of the Delirious Demon and Other Electronic Works

This 1972 album was the solo debut of Turkish-American musique concrete pioneer İlhan Mimaroğlu. I heard his work for the first time on the 1966 Electronic Music various artists LP with the eye-burning cover that’s no doubt caught your eye in used LP bins all over America. Mimaroğlu was a composer who studied under Ussachevsky at Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, and released a number of LPs and CDs of his own work, all now sadly too scarce for the average crate-digger to stumble over. He ran his own label, Finnadar, active from 1972-1989 and distributed by Atlantic, which was a home for work from the likes of Cage, Schoenberg, Stockhausen, Rzewski, and Varese. Like any self-respecting surrealist I love musique concrète – it’s as close as we’ll get to eavesdropping on talk radio from other planets – and Mimaroğlu’s work is strong stuff, fast-paced and strongly political.

Wings of the Delirious Demon
Anacolutha: Encounter and Episode II
Interlude II
Prelude No. 8
Provocations
White Cockatoo
Hyperboles
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Georges Montalba [Anton LaVey]: Fantasy in Pipe Organ and Percussion

Now it's "Georges" with an S - and the S is for Stereo! Anton LaVey once again performs under a vaguely European pseudonym in this 1958 LP of popular classics for pipe organ and percussion.

Danse Macabre
Mazurka from Masquerade
March Fantasy
Theme from Scheherazade
Ritual Fire Dance
Polovtsian Dances

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George Montalba [Anton LaVey]: Pipe Organ Favorites

From 1958, in glorious mono high fidelity, it's popular favorites on the pipe organ as played by internationally renowned organist George Montalba (actually a pseudonymn for everyone's favorite ex-carnie prankster and Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey!)

Waltz of the Flowers
Aura-Lee
Anitra's Dance
Melody in F
Stars Fell on Alabama
The Secret
Diane
Put the Moon Back in the Sky
Charmaine
Evening Star
Washington Post March

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