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Phew / John Duncan / Kondo Tatsuo: Backfire of Joy [VINYL] (Black Truffle)

A previously unreleased concert at Tokyo's Hosei University in 1982 from the trio of Tatsuo Kondo performing on synthesizer, tape & piano, Phew on vocals, and visiting artist John Duncan on electronics and shortwave radio, each LP side a creative exploration of sound and free associative voice, an assertive and confident example of the explosion of 80s experimentation.
 

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UPC: 4250101423093

Label: Black Truffle
Catalog ID: BT 071LP
Squidco Product Code: 30093

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Australia
Packaging: LP
Recorded live at Hosei University, Gakkan Main Hall, in Tokyo, Japan, on May 25th, 1982.


Personnel:

Phew-vocals

John Duncan-electronics

Tatsuo Kondo-synthesizer, tape, piano

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Artist Biographies:

"Phew is a Japanese singer and analogue electronics improviser working in the areas of experimental and avant-garde music.

1978-1980: She was a founder of punk group Aunt Sally in Osaka.

1980-present; Aunt Sally broke up after releasing one LP, Since 1980 she has mostly worked solo with musicians such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Holger Czukay, Jaki Liebezeit, Chrislo Haas, Alexander Hacke, Yuji Takahashi, Seiichi Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Nagashima, Otomo Yoshihide in the group Novo Tono, Dieter Moebius on Phew's Project Undark Radium Girls project, Jim O'Rourke and Ana da Silva.

Her 'Five Finger Discount' was ranked 32nd in 2010 and 'Voice Hardcore' was 23rd in 2017 as voted by writers in the UK music magazine The Wire top 50 records."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phew_(singer))
9/22/2021

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"John Duncan is an artist currently living and working in Bologna (Italy). His body of work includes performance art, installations, contemporary music, video art and experimental film, often involving the extensive use of recorded sound. His music is composed mainly of recordings from shortwave radio, field recordings and voice. His events and installations are a form of existential research, often confrontational in nature."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Duncan_(artist))
9/22/2021

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Tatsuo Kondo is a Japanese pianist and sound artist, known for the experimental pop group Chakra.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/514067-Tatsuo-Kondo)
9/22/2021

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Backfire 17:20

SIDE B



1. Joy 9:29
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"A previously unheard recording from Phew, John Duncan and Kondo Tatsuo, documenting a concert at Tokyo's Hosei University in 1982. Though the fertile exchange of 'zines, tapes and records between the Japanese underground and the Los Angeles Free Music Society meant the artists were familiar with each other's work, this performance (occurring on Duncan's first visit to Japan) was their first meeting and only performance as a trio.

Duncan is heard on his signature shortwave radio set-up, while Kondo performs on synth, tape loops and echo-drenched piano, providing a spacious backdrop for Phew's astonishing performance of spontaneous, free-associative song moving between Japanese and English. A testament to the unhinged exploration of the 1980s experimental underground, the trio careen wildly between crashing percussive tape loops, deluges of shortwave noise, insistent piano figures and playful synth melodies. On the B side, we are treated to a remarkable ten minute sequence moving organically from spaced-out synth and radio textures to a stunning finale of improvised balladry centred on piano and voice, unexpectedly broken up by electronic interjections. Beautifully recorded in crunchy vintage fidelity, Backfire of Joy arrives accompanied by archival photographs and newly authored liner notes from all three participants."-Black Truffle

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