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MacLise, Angus: Astral Collapse (Quakebasket)

Experiments in sound from early Velvet Underground member Angus Maclise performing on vocals, prepared tape, cembalum, bells, arp synthesizer and field recordings, joined by Hetty Maclise on organ, piano and autoharp.

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UPC: 689076871334

Label: Quakebasket
Catalog ID: qb16
Squidco Product Code: 1653

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded in New York City, New York.


Angus MacLise

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track listing:

1. Smothered Under Astral Collapse 4:16

2. 6th Face Of The Angel 17:08

3. Beelzebub 5:10

4. Cloud Watching 5:12

5. Dracula 7:15

6. Dawn Chorus 7:08
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Experiments in sound from early Velvet Underground member Angus Maclise performing on vocals, prepared tape, cembalum, bells, arp synthesizer and field recordings, joined by Hetty Maclise on organ, piano and autoharp.

"Angus MacLise, an original member of the Velvet Underground, was also an artist and poet with links to the Beats, the art scenes of Fluxus and Andy Warhol’s Factory, and the classical avant-garde. “Angus was one of the greatest drummers of all time and one of the greatest poets of all time,” words from the composer La Monte Young, whose Theater of Eternal Music included MacLise and John Cale, advancing in the 60 the drone aesthetic. ‘He withdrew when he found out that at a paying job he had to start and stop playing when told to,’ wrote Reed. ‘No one told Angus to stop playing.’ For MacLise, drumming was a cosmic, ritualistic experience; he once said that he learned how to drum by listening to the sound of falling rain, in stark contrast to Moe Tucker’s dry, metronomic pulse.

In the 1970s, MacLise moved to India and then Nepal, and published magazines on handmade rice paper. He seemed to lead at least two or three separate lives. In Nepal, he ostensibly led a monk-like existence, following a strict practice inthe Buddhist tradition, but his life was cut short by ‘hypoglycemia and drug abuse’, according to Ira Cohen, who died earlier this year. MacLise died in 1979, in Katmandu, Nepal, leaving little on the standard historical record. He appears on none of the Velvet Underground’s commercial recordings, having quit on the eve of the band’s first paid gigs; he was so dedicated a bohemian that, according to both Mr. Reed and Mr. Cale, he could not tolerate somebody telling him when to start playing and when to stop. (His replacement was the much better known Maureen Tucker.)

But over the last decade a handful of musicians and historians have been exhuming tape after tape, document after document, to resuscitate MacLise’s reputation as a key participant in the underground culture of New York in the ’60s. The latest of these finds might be MacLise’s Rosetta Stone: a suitcase stuffed with his poems, drawings, photographs and other ephemera, lent to Mr. Young by MacLise’s widow, Hetty, and left in Mr. Young’s basement for decades. As a final trivial footnote, Angus and Hetty MacLise can be seen dancing to the music in the Woodstock film."-Quakebasket

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