Kitchen Archives, Vol. 3: Amplified New Music Meets Rock 1981-1986

Kitchen Archives, Vol. 3: Amplified New Music Meets Rock 1981-1986

     
 

Boundaries began to crumble in the late 1970s: "Classical" music's experimental wing bled into underground rock, and music found a place within the larger art world, especially in the so-called "downtown" New York scene. Among the venues fostering this sonic freedom was a performing arts space called The Kitchen, which remains a laboratory for challenging and… See more details below

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Boundaries began to crumble in the late 1970s: "Classical" music's experimental wing bled into underground rock, and music found a place within the larger art world, especially in the so-called "downtown" New York scene. Among the venues fostering this sonic freedom was a performing arts space called The Kitchen, which remains a laboratory for challenging and innovative work. The Kitchen has begun to document this history with a series of fascinating recordings from its archives; the first two releases featured new-music stars like Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, and Philip Glass, while this third album focuses on both sides of the era's edgy art/rock convergence. Half of the tracks here come from a concert of December 1982: Sonic Youth (still genuinely youthful) stir up a typically raucous haze of feedback in this early set, but they're outdone in experimental noise by the abrasive Swans cuts that follow. Two mesmerizing songs by Arthur Russell -- a versatile composer who had also made a name as a disco producer -- combine vocals with electronically processed cello for an intriguing take on minimalism. By contrast, the brilliantly contrived acoustic overload of Christian Marclay's His Master's Voice applies hip-hop turntablism to a dizzying variety of classical, jazz, and spoken-word LPs. Elliott Sharp's large-ensemble piece Crowds and Power ends this album on an ambitious note, but in some ways the track that best defines this moment in time is Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio. Its electric instrumentation and propulsive rhythm imply "rock," but its rigorous obsession with gradual process should earn it a place in any collection of minimalist music. There's a palpable sense of liberated creativity at work throughout these recordings, which are highly recommended to adventurous listeners of any stripe.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Orange Mountain
UPC:
0801837002423
catalogNumber:
24
Rank:
224938

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jill Kroesen   Vocals
Arthur Russell   Cello,Vocals,electronics
Jim Staley   Trombone
Rhys Chatham   Guitar
Charles K. Noyes   Drums
Christian Marclay   Turntables
Michael Gira   Bass,Vocals
Kim Gordon   Guitar
Kurt Hoffman   Saxophone
Phillip Johnston   Saxophone
David Linton   Drums
Thurston Moore   Guitar,Vocals
Roli Mosimann   Percussion
Bobby Previte   Drums
David Sacks   Trombone
Lesli Dalaba   Trumpet
Fritz Van Orden   Saxophone
Tim Schellenbaum   Guitar,Violin
Chuck Wood   Drums
Harry Crosby   Bass
Jonathan Kane   Drums
Joe Dizney   Guitar
Sue Hanel   Guitar
Diaz   Percussion
Nina Canal   Guitar
Joe Drift   Bass
James Sclavunos   Drums

Technical Credits

Arthur Russell   Composer,Producer
Elliott Sharp   Composer,Author
Sonic Youth   Composer
Rhys Chatham   Composer
Christian Marclay   Composer,Records
Michael Gira   Composer
Tim Schellenbaum   Composer
Stephen Vitiello   Liner Notes

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