Langham Research Centre performs the early electronic works of John Cage, using tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, &c, to accurately recreate these ear-opening and forward-thinking conceptual works.
Early Electronic and Tape Music [VINYL]
Label: Sub Rosa
Released in: Belgium
"Although John Cage occasionally worked in large, sophisticated studios -- for example, when he composed 'Fontana Mix' in 1958 -- his approach to electronic and tape music was often uncomplicated, makeshift, and pragmatic, employing simple tabletop devices: tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, etc.
He developed a soundworld that was utterly new, radical and demanding. It heralded the age of the loudspeaker, mass communication and Marshall McLuhan's 'global village.' The hiss, crackle and hum of electronic circuits, and the disembodied sounds, snatched by radio from the ether, spoke of the 20th century.
Langham Research Centre works within the tradition firmly established by Cage, using resources that would have been available to him. For the realization of Cartridge Music, moving iron phonograph pickups were sourced and restored. These have a knurled screw designed to hold a steel phonograph needle and, in the piece, other objects are inserted and amplified: pieces of wire, toothpicks, paperclips, etc. The realization of 'Fontana Mix' includes the individual mono tracks from Cage's original tapes created in 1958. These are played using open-reel tape machines. These practices ensure we work within the limitations that Cage experienced and enable us to get close to the soundworld he inhabited."-Robert Worby, Langham Research CentreAlso available on CD.
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Label: Sub Rosa
Catalog ID: SR 361LP
Squidco Product Code: 18714
Packaging: Vinyl LP in a cardstock sleeve
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Felix Carey-record player, cartridge, auxiliary sounds, open-reel tape
Iain Chambers-cartridge, auxiliary sounds, cassette tape, open-reel tape, radio
Philip Tagney-synthesizer, cartridge, auxiliary sounds, spoken word
Robert Worby-square-wave oscillator, cartridge, auxiliary sounds, radio
Catherine Carter-mezzo-soprano (track 1)
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01. Fontana Mix with Aria (1958)
02. Imaginary Landscape n .5 (1952)
03. WBAI (1960)
04. Cartridge Music (1960)
05. 0'00'' (1962)
06. Variations I (1960)