27 July 2005

OHM Sweet OHM

OHM


Who else bought this three CD set, released by Eclipse Arts a few years ago? Promising a definitive trawl through the fringes of avant garde electronic innovation from 1948-1980, it's a lavishly packaged selection of near-inpenetratable experimentation, featuring all the 'giants' of the era from Cage to Riley; from Stockhausen to Eno. Heavy!

I recently came across a mix of mine that I'd completely forgotten about, collecting dust on a shelf among a stack of other cd-rs. As far as I can remember it was an attempt to make some sense of all the sounds and sensations presented on "OHM", integrated with a few Krautrock dronescapes (another area I was exploring at the time) in an attempt to create something that was listenable (enjoyable?), blending 'clever-but-difficult' musique concrete and sinewave studies with more easily digestable 'musical' pieces. Listening again several years later, I think it came out pretty good, although seems to lose the flow in the last fifteen minutes (it was recorded totally live). If you're feeling adventurous, and have a fast connection speed, you might like to give it a spin...

OHM Sweet OHM Mix

(74 mins, 192 kbps, 101 Mb)

Tracklist:

David Tuder - Rainforest V.1
Tangerine Dream - Birth Of Liquid Plejades
Terry Riley - Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band
John Cage - Williams Mix
John Hassell - Before and After Charm
Fripp & Eno - The Heavenly Music Corporation
Bernard Parmegiani - En Phase/Hors Phase
Cluster - 15:33
David Behrman - On The Other Ocean
Steve Reich - Pendulum Music
John Chowning - Stria
Holger Czukay - Boat-Woman-Song
Alvin Curran - Canti Illuminiti
Popul Vuh - Vuh
Pierre Schaeffer - Etude aux Chemins de Fer
Otto Luening - Low Speed
La Monte Young - Drift Study Excerpt
Paul Lanksy - Six Fantasies On A Poem By Thomas Campion: Her Song
Morton Subotnik - Silver Apples Of The Moon Prt.1
Alvin Lucier - Music On A Long Thin Wire
David Tuder - Rainforest V.1 (reprise)

6 comments:

vertigo25 said...

I surfed in from 3hive. Great blog you've got here. I wish I had discovered it sooner. You've got a really great writing style and a good sense of humor... not to mention great taste in music.

I'm definitely going to subscribe to you and add a link at iPod Nirvana.

Cloudboy said...

Marvellous!!!
it's driving my cat crazzzzy

Chardman said...

Very cool.
That piece makes a good companion to Grevious Angel's Industrial Ambient Mix, wherein he mixes lots of historical, pivotal moments of industrial music.
Thanks for sharing this!

terrified said...

I bought that box, too. Pretty fabulous, if you ask me. When I posted a track from it a while back, I looked it up on amazon, and it is drawing some big, collector's style money these days...

Satisfied '75 said...

well done my good man

janine said...

I got that box also. As you say all the "big names" have to say most of it is rather dull (at least to my ears) - it doesn't age well.

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