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Monday, 16 January 2012
New Friends In Japan 'Disk Union' are doing a great job spreading the word!
Sunday, 15 January 2012
Plugged-in pop, concrete prog & global robotic rock.
16 highly charged currents of latter day electro-magnetic poly-pop, robotic rock & modern day mechanical music. Featuring unreleased electronic music for atari video games, swiss construction companies and low budget eastern film productions alongside unknown and undercover synth driven rarities by members of Can, Hawkwind, Niagara, Soft machine, Dynastie Crisis, Gong & Nucleus.
Compiled from a well travelled DJ bag of inhumane second-class sound by saxonic wax magnet Andy Votel ( Finders Keepers ) including full length tracks from his acclaimed Vintage Voltage mix tape.
The vinyl includes a 16 page booklet with extensive sleeve notes.
- Suzanne Ciani - Sounds Of Wetness
- Peter Thomas - Evarella
- Saratoga Space Messengers - Surf
- Torchbearers Boil - Solar Singe
- Irmin Schmidt - Endstation Freiheit
- Bruno Spoerri - Baustellenmusik
- Las Trillizas De Oro - Pochoclo
- Suzanne Ciani - Anti Corporate Tag
- Ilaiyaraaja - Yaaro Sonaangalaam
- Eskaton - Automute
- Klaus Weiss - Jumping Balls
- Jacky Chalard & Dynasty Crisis - Les Scandales
- Cybotron - God Of Noise
- Karl Jenkins & Soft Machine - Splot
- M. Ashraf - An Data
- Guy Boyer - Adventure Et Tambourin
- Rod Hunter - Apache
Posted by B-Music at 10:36
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
The electrification of K.S Chithra and Kollywood pop
Known by adoring fans and devotees, throughout South India, as Chinna Kuyil (Little
Nightingale) on account of her expansive vocal range and crystaline sweet voice, the uplifting and surprising sound of K.S. Chithra is, for many, best exemplified by the early plugged-in-pop she made in the 1980s with the man/machine who first introduced her to the Tamil film industry, Maestro Ilaiyaraaja.
There are few records you will hear this year that combine the sounds of a child's choir, a DX7 bass line, three types of drum machine, a mariachi trumpet cry, a re-sampled forty-piece orchestra and an electronic bass line that takes the moog taurus by the horns and rides into the Indian summer. There is probably less chance of hearing a vocal performance so confusingly dazzling that it instantly detracts from the previously aforementioned wish list combination ofbizarre instruments but for those intrepid enough to dig a little deeper and take a detour due East, pick-axing right where Lollywood meets Bollywood - then prepare to be rewarded with a double, triple and quadruple whammy!
For odd pop fans with bad concentration spans, no musical staying power, or commitment issues then perhaps these schizoid A.D.D. arrangements will push the right buttons and recharge your batteries. For some of you, records like this only existed in your dreams.
Often locally discussed behind the limelight of her wider continental contemporaries such as Asha Bhosle and Noor Jehan it is almost impossible to find adequate comparison to K.S. Chithra. Try taking the yearning vocal energy of Turkey's Selda and the falsetto range of Morricone's best Italian choirs, add the playful existentialism of Poland's Urszala Dudziak and the cinematic pedigree of Asha then sprinkle some saccharine Jane Birkinisms on top and set your turntable pitch at plus 8 while you dream of Dots And Loops era Stereolab or a Malayalam Mantronix - alternatively just buy this first-time compendium and press play.
This compilation focuses on a small and select handful of Chithra and Ilaiyaraaja's developing collaborations from the formative years of their relationship between - 1986 and 1991- a vibrant time where analog recording techniques and digital technology first overlapped and Chithra, as a developing vocalist, adapted to the the sounds and arrangements of a classic maverick composer pushing the boundaries.
Following our previous compilation of the earlier Ilaiyaraaja film music with our Solla Solla compendiums Finders Keepers Records continue this relationship with the original rights holders, to bring these rare Tamil recordings the a wider global audience - never previously released on CD and considerably rare on their original vinyl pressings.
K.S. Chithra - Indha Vennila by Finders Keepers Records
Posted by B-Music at 16:27
The American Delia Derbyshire Of The Atari Generation
With a sonic portfolio that boasts commissions for the Xenon classic pinball machine, the sounds for the Meco Star Wars theme, the Atari TV commercials and the electronic sound effects in the original Stepford Wives film (amongst many others) the mutant electronic music CV of Suzanne Ciani is proof that in a 1970s commercial world of boys toys, monopolised by a male dominated media industry, a woman’s touch was the essential secret ingredient to successful sonic seduction. A classically trained musician with an MA in music composition this American Italian pianist was first introduced to the synthesizer via her connections in the art world when abstract Sculptor and collaborator Harold Paris introduced Suzanne to synthesizer designer Don Buchla who created the instrument that would come to define Ciani's synthetic sound (The Buchla Synthesiser).
Cutting her teeth providing self-initiated electronic music projects for art galleries, experimental film directors, pop record producers and proto-video nasties
Suzanne soon located to New York where she quickly became the first point of call for electronic music services in both the underground experimental fields and the commercial advertising worlds alike. Counting names like Vangelis and Harald Bode amongst her close friends Suzanne and her Ciani Musica company became the testing ground for virtually any type of new developments in electronic and computerized music amassing an expansive vault of commercially unexposed electronic experiments which have remained untouched for over 30 years... until now.
Finders Keepers Records are happy to announce a new creative archive based relationship with Suzanne Ciani, a very unique and celebrated experimental composer in her own right, who, as one of the very few female composers in the field (Save Chicago's Laurie Spiegel, Italy's Doris Norton, and a post-op Walter Wendy Carlos) turned a hugely significant wheel behind-the-screens of many early computerised music modules throughout the 1980s dating back to her formative years studying at Stanford's Artificial Intelligence Labs in the early 70s. Suzanne Ciani's detailed and academic approach to music and electronics coupled with an impeccable sense of timing and melody (and a good sense of humour) shines throughout this new collection of previously unreleased recordings. Lixiviation complies and recontextualises both secret music and commercial experiments of Suzanne Ciani made for micro-cosmic time slots and never previously documented on vinyl or CD. This is the first sneak peek of the early Ciani metal music and non-pop that later went on see her nominated for multiple Grammy awards for her later achievements which brought synthesiser music to the new age movement.
Suzanne Ciani - Liberator by Finders Keepers Records