Sonic Geology

Sonic Geology

by Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
     
 

A handy 18-track précis of the first three releases by Boston avant-rockers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic (1983's Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, 1984's Magnetic Flip, and 1986's Beat of the Mesozoic), 1988's Sonic Geology is an excellent introduction to the challenging but always accessible music theySee more details below

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A handy 18-track précis of the first three releases by Boston avant-rockers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic (1983's Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, 1984's Magnetic Flip, and 1986's Beat of the Mesozoic), 1988's Sonic Geology is an excellent introduction to the challenging but always accessible music they created. Though de facto leader Erik Lindgren's influences include Stravinsky, Steve Reich, and other giants of modern classical music, comparisons can also be made to Frank Zappa and Raymond Scott: "serious" musicians don't follow up a suite of excerpts from "The Rite of Spring" with an imaginative reworking of the theme from Rocky and Bullwinkle. More importantly, this music quite often flat-out rocks. This may not be surprising considering that both Roger Miller and Martin Swope had been in the great Mission of Burma, but rarely does chamber music swing as aggressively as Miller's "Shiny Golden Snakes." Sonic Geology is not a replacement for the original albums -- each has worthwhile material that didn't made the CD cut -- but two previously unreleased tracks, Miller's "Pulse Piece" and Swope's "The Common Sparrow," will interest fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Rykodisc
UPC:
0014431007323
catalogNumber:
20073

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic   Primary Artist,Group
Steve Stain   Percussion,Noise
Michael Cohen   Cymbals,Tom-Tom,Snare Drums,Roto Toms
Erik Lindgren   Synthesizer,Percussion,Rhythm,Rhythm Machine
Steve Adams   Flute,Saxophone
Allan Chase   Saxophone
Tom Hall   Saxophone
Leon Janikian   Clarinet
Karen Kaderavek   Cello
Cercie Miller   Saxophone
Peter Prescott   Tom-Tom
Martin Swope   Guitar,Percussion
Roger Miller   Percussion,Piano
Taki   Drums,African Drums
Allan Chases   Saxophone
Richard Scott   Percussion,Piano
Rick Scott   Percussion,Piano,farfisa organ

Technical Credits

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic   Producer
Steve Stain   Sound Effects,Special Effects,Contributor
Michael Cohen   Contributor
Erik Lindgren   Producer
Richard Harte   Producer
Toby Mountain   Mastering
Martin Swope   Producer
Tony Volante   Engineer
Jeff Whitehead   Engineer
Bob Winsor   Engineer
Roger Miller   Producer
Rick Scott   Producer
Jim Sullivan   Liner Notes

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