The long-awaited, missing 2nd side of "Technology of Tears" recorded at Noise NY by Kramer, this album was written for theatre in 1987 using a host of avian and mammalian voices, snippets of unidentified musical material and electroacoustic noise-sculpting, for a dark and amazing album.
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Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: RER FRO13
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Recorded at Noise New York in April 1987. Mastered at Headless Buddhna Mastering Labs in Oakland, California on Feburary 4th, 2015.
Fred Frith-composer, performer, voice
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"Though the point of reference for many remains the iconic band Henry Cow, which he co-founded in 1968 and which broke up more than 30 years ago, Fred Frith has never really stood still for an instant.
In bands such as Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog, Tense Serenity, the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, Eye to Ear, and most recently Cosa Brava, he has always held true to his roots in rock and folk music, while exploring influences that range from the literary works of Eduardo Galeano to the art installations of Cornelia Parker.
The release of the seminal Guitar Solos in 1974 enabled him to simultaneously carve out a place for himself in the international improvised music scene, not only as an acclaimed solo performer but in the company of artists as diverse as Han Bennink, Chris Cutler, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Evelyn Glennie, Ikue Mori, Louis Sclavis, Stevie Wishart, Wu Fei, Camel Zekri, John Zorn, and scores of others.
He has also developed a personal compositional language in works written for Arditti Quartet, Asko Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble Modern, Concerto Köln, and ROVA Sax Quartet, for example. Fred has been active as a composer for dance since the early 1980s, working with choreographers Bebe Miller, François Verret, and especially long-time collaborator and friend Amanda Miller, with whom he has created a compelling body of work over the last twenty years.
His film soundtracks (for award-winning films like Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides and Touch the Sound, Peter Mettler's Gambling, Gods, and LSD, and Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow's Thirst, to name a few) won him a lifetime achievement award from Prague's "Music on Film, Film on Music" Festival (MOFFOM) in 2007. The following year he received Italy's Demetrio Stratos Prize (previously given to Diamanda Galas and Meredith Monk) for his life's work in experimental music, and in 2010 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in his home county of Yorkshire.
Fred currently teaches in the Music Department at Mills College in Oakland, California (renowned for over fifty years as the epicenter of the American experimental tradition), and in the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland."-Fred Frith Website (http://www.fredfrith.com/biography.html)
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1. Shelter For Them All 1:37
2. A Deeper Understanding Of Conflict 4:22
3. The Hounds Of Democracy 1:19
4. The Turning Of An Hourglass 2:02
5. Birth Of A Rebel 2:46
6. I Am In Control 0:23
7. Your Beautiful Corpse 1:25
8. The Excellent Hyena 2:19
9. Nuns Don't Run Roadblocks 0:37
10. The Old Man Moves A Mountain 1:17
11. The Wolf Demon (Part 1) 1:06
12. Known Knowns And Unknowns 0:35
13. Meditation Upon Propaganda 3:13
14. Liberty 1:56
15. Weakness Is Provocative 0:33
16. Saracene And Antonio 1:03
17. The Relentless Landscape 1:20
18. The Gaze That Sings 1:33
19. Stopping ShortOf Torture 1:40
20. The Wolf Demon (Part 2) 0:58
21. Rashomon 3:35
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"Written for theatre in 1987 using a host of avian and mammalian voices, snippets of unidentified musical material and electroacoustic noise- sculpting, as well as invented and real instruments played by Fred. This was a hard time and the mood is intense, lean and not cheerful, though there are some gruesomely cheery inserts. There's no fat but a lot of meat here."-ReR Megacorp
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