Locus Solus

Locus Solus

by John Zorn


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Locus Solus

This captures over an hour's worth of John Zorn's search for the improvised song form. Several lineups from 1983 are documented here. The first eight tracks feature Zorn with Christian Marclay spinning and Peter Blegvad speaking. The text is unremarkable (for example, "Honey-Cab"'s ."..tell her everything I know/ In ink as black as carbon/ On paper white as snow"), but Blegvad's sonorous delivery works well with the chaos that the other two musicians spit and spin out, combining into tides of noisy mischief. Tracks 9-15 find Zorn with Arto Lindsay providing lyrics and guitar, and Anton Fier on drums. Zorn squawks and spurts an array of sounds, from birdcall to babydoll. M.E. Miller replaces Fier on drums for the next set, which features a driving rock beat. This is followed by eight pieces from Zorn, Wayne Horvitz, and Ikue Mori. The final fifth of the album captures the walloping interplay of Zorn, Miller, and turntablist Whiz Kid. Overall, an album of short, angular, experimental energy tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/1995
Label: Tzadik
UPC: 0702397730323
catalogNumber: 7303
Rank: 188974

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Zorn   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Voices,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Peter Blegvad   Vocals
Arto Lindsay   Guitar,Vocals
Christian Marclay   Recorder,Turntables
Anton Fier   Drums
Wayne Horvitz   Organ,Electronic Sounds
M.E. Miller   Conga,Drums,Vocals
Ikue Mori   Drums
Whiz Kid & YSL   Turntables

Technical Credits

Martin Bisi   Engineer
Michael Lytle   Engineer
Christian Marclay   Records
Stevie McCallister   Engineer
John Zorn   Producer
Anthony Lee   Reissue Design
Tomoyo T.L.   Reissue Design
Mare Earley   Cover Design

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