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A beautifully illustrated and fascinating book with CD or vice-versa presenting the imaginative inventions of 37 among several hundred homemade musical instrument builders/performers in new music around the world. The spectrum of inspirations is wide: complex, sophisticated electronic creations like Don Buchla's "Thunder" and "Lightning" devices to the bamboo saxophone of Jamaican "mento" musician Sugar Belly William Walker, the Futurist noise orchestras of Luigi Russolo at the beginning of the century to Fred "Spaceman" Longs' junk metal sculptures. The CD has generous excerpts of the work of 18 of these creators, most of whom are...
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All Music Guide - "Blue" Gene Tyranny
A beautifully illustrated and fascinating book with CD or vice-versa presenting the imaginative inventions of 37 among several hundred homemade musical instrument builders/performers in new music around the world. The spectrum of inspirations is wide: complex, sophisticated electronic creations like Don Buchla's "Thunder" and "Lightning" devices to the bamboo saxophone of Jamaican "mento" musician Sugar Belly William Walker, the Futurist noise orchestras of Luigi Russolo at the beginning of the century to Fred "Spaceman" Longs' junk metal sculptures. The CD has generous excerpts of the work of 18 of these creators, most of whom are composer-builder-performers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1998
  • Label: Ellipsis Arts
  • UPC: 052296363024
  • Catalog Number: 3630

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le Bal - Hans Reichel (4:29)
  2. 2 Pacific 3-2-1 Zero (4:00)
  3. 3 Silence The Tongues Of Prophecy (4:48)
  4. 4 Luminescence - Jean-Claude Chapuis (2:54)
  5. 5 In The Beginning: Etude II - Robert Moog (5:13)
  6. 6 Chant de L'Orgue Á Feu (3:42)
  7. 7 Claycussion (3:42)
  8. 8 And On The Seventh Day, Petals Fell In Petaluma - Harry Partch (4:11)
  9. 9 Shake Up Adina - Sugar Belly (3:35)
  10. 10 Bamboo Isle (3:20)
  11. 11 The Swan - Clara Rockmore (2:56)
  12. 12 Terra Zona - The Burnt Earth Ensemble (3:19)
  13. 13 Naïades (4:08)
  14. 14 Instru-matics - Ken Butler (6:08)
  15. 15 Entomological Effervescence - Tom Nunn (5:03)
  16. 16 Kindred Spirits - Sarah Hopkins (4:35)
  17. 17 Piccadilly (2:11)
  18. 18 Aquaknots - Scott Wilkinson (5:19)
  19. 19 New York, New York - Wendy Mae Chambers (1:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bart Hopkins Primary Artist
Harry Partch Track Performer
Brad Dutz Track Performer
Hans Reichel Track Performer
John Butler Track Performer
Barry Hall Track Performer
Tom Nunn Track Performer
Sarah Hopkins Track Performer
Susan Rawcliffe Track Performer
Ken Butler Track Performer
Wendy Mae Chambers Track Performer
Clara Rockmore Track Performer
Sugar Belly Track Performer
Scott Wilkinson Track Performer
The Burnt Earth Ensemble Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tom Waits Liner Notes
Michael Colina Engineer
Barry Hall Producer, Engineer
Tom Nunn Producer
Sarah Hopkins Producer
Jeffrey Charno Executive Producer
Ken Butler Producer
David Zimmerman Engineer
Phil Dadson Producer
John Beck Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Visiting the junkyard with a violin bow and a couple of mallets.

    From the opening sounds uttered by Hans Reichel's bizarre daxophone, it becomes quite clear that the music compiled on this CD is going to be unlike anything most people have ever heard. In fact, to even call most of it music would be difficult for some listeners to do. Chances are, though, we've all heard aspects of these sounds before, just not arranged with such a musical approach. If you've ever suspended the long end of a wooden ruler over the edge of a desk and slapped it, you've heard the curious vibrations that Reichel's daxophone is based around. Jean-Claude Chapuis' glass harmonica playing will be recognized by anyone who's coaxed the high-pitched tone out of a crystal wine glass. Even the cacophony of a traffic jam becomes pure delight at the hands of Wendy Mae Chambers and her car horn organ. Not surprisingly, some of the tracks are easier to digest than others, but everything in this collection displays a fascinating spin on musical color and instrument design. Theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore shows that the strange instrument named for its inventor, Leon Theremin, can do more than provide cheesy B-movie effects, and Sarah Hopkins creates ethereal wonder out of the flexible plastic tubes that we've all swung around our heads as children. Whether it's a unique twist on an existing form, an adaption of simple technology, or a reinvention of everyday objects like flowerpots, pipes, and bamboo, these innovative individuals challenge the notion of how music can be made. This CD was originally issued as a box set along with an accompanying book. It has since been reissued with the book compacted to form as the CD's surrounding booklet and packaging. Tom Waits provides a foreword, and there are photos of each instrument as well as brief bios of the music makers. It may not cause you to give up your drums for a set of ceramic bells, but you'll never look at things like wind chimes or a ''Speak'N'Spell'' the same way again.

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