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The 1972 recording at a Tokyo radio station of the forward-thinking improvisation of David Ahern (violin, percussion, electronics), Roger Frampton (percussion, electronics, saxophone), Peter Evans (percussion, electronics) and Geoffrey Collins (flute, percussion electronics).

Teletopa (Collins / Evans / Aherns / Frampton)
Tokyo 1972 [2 CDs]

Teletopa (Collins / Evans / Aherns / Frampton): Tokyo 1972 [2 CDs] (Splitrec)

Label: Splitrec    
Released in: Australia    

"An alternative title for this extraordinary double album might have been The Shock of the Now. That an album of improvisation made 42 years ago can sound so blindingly new is a marvel, and a tribute to the artistry of the groundbreaking Sydney band. In 1972, David Ahern (violin, percussion, electronics), Roger Frampton (percussion, electronics, saxophone), Peter Evans (percussion, electronics) and Geoffrey Collins (flute, percussion electronics) recorded two long improvisations at a Tokyo radio station during a world tour.

The tapes were recently discovered and this compendium of surprises is the result, the old "What is music?" chesnut being answered with the broadest possible definition. A remarkable aspect of the music-making is that the collective seems not to impose sounds on silence so much as pluck them from it. Daringly long pools of emptiness are gently ended by a gong, or shattered by sounds whose source can only be guessed at, sometimes involving such extremes of the sonic spectrum that you may fear for your speakers' integrity. This is a major document of improvisation." John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.

Also available on vinyl LP.

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Product Information:

Label: Splitrec
Catalog ID: 23
Squidco Product Code: 20275

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Australia
Packaging: 2 CDs in a five panel cardboard foldover
Recorded at NHK studios in Tokyo, Japan, in 1972.


Geoffrey Collins-flute, percussion, electronics

Peter Evans-percussion, electronics

David Ahern-violin, percussion, electronics

Roger Frampton-percussion, electronics, saxophone

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Track Listing:

CD 1

1. Improvisation One 49:11

CD 2

1. Improvisation Two 51:11

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