Vostok 6

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Barnes & Noble - Ayelet Prizant
Although Kurt Swinghammer has contributed songwriting and guitar work to recordings by artists such as Ani DiFranco and Alanis Morissette, it's this rich tapestry of sound that the multimedia composer is likely to be remembered for. Vostok 6 -- which arrives on DiFranco's Righteous Babe label -- is Swinghammer's hauntingly beautiful, sometimes comical, deeply personal celebration of Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who in 1963 made history as the first woman in space the album's title comes from the name of her capsule. Within the space of 60 minutes, Swinghammer pieces together an eclectic array of diverse musical elements, including lilting acoustic and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ayelet Prizant
Although Kurt Swinghammer has contributed songwriting and guitar work to recordings by artists such as Ani DiFranco and Alanis Morissette, it's this rich tapestry of sound that the multimedia composer is likely to be remembered for. Vostok 6 -- which arrives on DiFranco's Righteous Babe label -- is Swinghammer's hauntingly beautiful, sometimes comical, deeply personal celebration of Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who in 1963 made history as the first woman in space the album's title comes from the name of her capsule. Within the space of 60 minutes, Swinghammer pieces together an eclectic array of diverse musical elements, including lilting acoustic and wailing electric guitars, space-age rhythms, ambient synthesizers, spoken-word vignettes, and, in Swinghammer's words, "a slice of cheesy listening, prog-rock time signatures, and spy movie chord changes." The Toronto-based Swinghammer plays most of the instruments on the album which he calls his most challenging work and also lends soothing vocals to gorgeous, poignant tracks such as "Blue," "Falling Star," "The First," and "Dark." This unusual, richly textured album allows us terrestrials to explore the beauty and desolation of space through a truly unique listening experience.
All Music Guide - Sean Carruthers
Swinghammer has been around the Toronto scene for ages, sometimes as a producer, sometimes a session musician, and sometimes as a graphic artist he designed the Shuffle Demons' painted suits, but his solo work often goes unnoticed. Less bizarre than some of the material from his indie cassettes, Vostok 6 nonetheless tackles a somewhat unexpected subject: It's a concept album dedicated to cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. Much of the music is ambient and airy, capturing weightlessness beautifully. It's set up as an hour-long performance work interrupted only by one intermission and a few commercial breaks designed for space stations of the future; Toronto residents especially will enjoy the use of local TV host Mark Dailey as an announcer. Although it's not an album that lends itself to casual listening, as a whole it's outstanding.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • UPC: 748731702229
  • Catalog Number: 22

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 6-16-63 (1:54)
  2. 2 Blue (4:16)
  3. 3 Nocturne (1:42)
  4. 4 Of a Dream (3:29)
  5. 5 MC Squared (0:54)
  6. 6 The First (4:35)
  7. 7 Vostok 6 (2:55)
  8. 8 White Russians (3:42)
  9. 9 Star City (3:24)
  10. 10 Mercury (1:19)
  11. 11 Cold War (3:23)
  12. 12 Dark (4:49)
  13. 13 Falling Star (4:39)
  14. 14 Retro Rocket (1:58)
  15. 15 La Valentina (5:56)
  16. 16 Seagull (5:00)
  17. 17 Dawn (5:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kurt Swinghammer Primary Artist, Bass, Dumbek, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Theremin, Vocals, Mini Moog
Tyler Stewart Narrator
Sarah McElcheran Trumpet
Mia Sheard Voices, Narrator
Maury LaFoy Bass
Technical Credits
Kurt Swinghammer Producer, Contributor, Drum Effects
Alisdair Jones Artwork
Joao Carvalho Mastering
Jennifer Moore Sound Effects
KS Producer, Engineer
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