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
White Cockatoo
Album audio & artwork

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.

1 comment:

  1. Turkish electronic? This rip looks especially interesting, thanks Taylor.