EA80 - "25"

A 7" single on collector-bait reissue label Was Soll Das? Schallplatten, marking the 25th anniversary of EA80. Though it doesn't specify where the songs came from, it's believed that they were from the band's 1980 demo tape. The record was released in an edition of only 125 copies, so it sells for stupid money today. The record had a sticker over the center label, so you had to break a hole in it in order to play the thing. Or, you had to buy two copies. (full disclosure: between the husband and I, we bought five copies).

EA80 - "25"

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The Theatre Of Eternal Music - The Theatre Of Eternal Music






... and this is exactly the same people. They appear to be collaborating.

A wonderful "no-label" LP from 2013.

The Theatre Of Eternal Music

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Marino Zuccheri - Parete 1967 Per Emilio Vedova

Engineer at the Milan electronic music studio where luminaries like Luigi Nono, Henri Pousseur and Luciano Berio (among many others) recorded. This is a piece from 1967 (duh), reissued on wax by Die Schachtel in 2005. There was also a CD containing this piece, unsullied by having to flip the record halfway through, plus other music tacked on, but alas I do not have that one to share.

Marino Zuccheri - Parete 1967 Per Emilio Vedova

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John Cale / Tony Conrad / Angus MacLise / La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela - Inside The Dream Syndicate Volume I: Day Of Niagara (1965)




As far as I know, this had done the rounds as an almost unseen bootleg tape and had never "officially" seen the light until this release. Given that these sounds were never meant to be recorded, and the source material, audio fidelity is patchy but still adds to the mystery and majesty. Unfortunately, it's eventual release saw some old wounds reopened. The people named as contributors constitute the core of the "Theatre Of Eternal Music" who were a wide ranging set of artists working with La Monte Young (and all of the Dream Syndicate compositions probably sit more comfortably within the "Theatre" context). However, La Monte Young took great exception to the presentation of this work as a collaborative composition and employed legal services to leave people in no doubt that he claimed sole authorship. The apparently long sustained bitterness does nothing to detract from the seminal importance of the work of these people at this point in history. Just enjoy it for what it is.

CD released on Table Of The Elements in 2000.

Day Of Niagara

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Luciano Cilio - Dell'Universo Assente


A very lovely album from 1977, the only solo album to be released by Luciano Cilio before his suicide in 1983. Naturally, Die Schachtel sprang to the rescue in 2004 to remaster, reissue and expand this truly fantastic music. Warning: not for tough guys who only come here for Black Leather Jesus cassettes.

Luciano Cilio - Dell'Universo Assente

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John Cale - New York In The 1960s




This splendid collection of tones and drones saw the light of day courtesy of the tape archives of Tony Conrad. When released, these were announced as the three volumes of "Inside The Dream Syndicate" and signaled all kinds of shit hitting the fan (more of which later). Anyway, for now, let's just say that the first disc "Sun Blindness Music" doesn't appear to have anything to do with the series. For Velvet Underground obsessives (so that's all of us then), other than John, you also get Sterling Morrison and Angus MacLise.

This is the triple CD box-set reissue released on Table Of The Elements in 2006.

New York In The 1960s

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Enore Zaffiri - Musica Reticolare

Electronic music recorded in Turin from 1965 to 1968, released by Die Schachtel in 2004.

Enore Zaffiri - Musica Reticolare

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Tony Conrad - Slapping Pythagoras




Apart from the man himself, the guitar section is David Grubbs, Kevin Drumm, Dylan Posa, John Corbett, Thymme Jones and Jim O'Rourke. The latter produces it and Steve Albini records it. Y'all been way hap! Now crack on.

CD released on Table Of The Elements in 1995.

Slapping Pythagoras

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Franca Sacchi - En

Previously unreleased work from 1969 to 1972, unearthed and reissued by (who else?) Die Schachtel in 2004.

Franca Sacchi - En

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Tony Conrad - Early Minimalism Volume One




Without Tony Conrad would anything else exist?

Four CD set with a bit of cd-rom malarkey released on the exemplary Table Of The Elements in 1997.

sound

enhanced minimalism

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Cornelius Cardew - The Great Learning








And to prove that a great idea doesn't die easily, in Poland a cast of 60 reclaim all seven paragraphs of the Great Learning 29 years after the great man's death.

Spectacularly immersive four disc set released on Bôłt in 2010.

Great

Learning

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The Scratch Orchestra - London, 1969




A brief snatch of some of the first public performance by the Scratch Orchestra on the 1st of November 1969, at Hampstead Town Hall in London.

A welcome sight of the almost unrecorded collective on this 10" released on Die Stadt in 1999.

London, 1969

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Blässe, EKG, Roter Stern Belgrade - Massa

The only vinyl outing on Rainer Rabowski's Klar! 80 label was this 1981 triple 12" featuring three rather different takes on German DIY post-punk. Blasse was a jazz/funk/no wave-influenced combo whose ranks included one Alexander von Borsig (aka Alex Hacke of Einsturzende Neubauten, also of just-as-legendary-in-our-house P1/e, Sentimental Jugend, Sprung aus den Wolken and more), Xao Seffcheque, Eva-Maria Gößling (of Mania D. and Die Krupps), Bernward Malaka (of Male and Vorsprung). EKG would soon change their name to Strafe fur Rebellion. Finally, Roter Stern Belgrade was Rabowski's own group, which today might be called "minimal synth" but in 1981 was probably just called "weird".

Blässe, EKG, Roter Stern Belgrade - Massa

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Cornelius Cardew & The Scratch Orchestra - The Great Learning




The Scratch Orchestra has it's roots buried deep in AMM, although that should probably be the other way around. There is Cornelius Cardew obviously but also Christopher Hobbs, Eddie Prévost, John Tilbury, Keith Rowe and Lou Gare. Other future luminaries include Michael Nyman, Brian Eno and David Jackman although who appears when and doing what is probably unknowable. The ranks of the orchestra created from scratch were greatly bolstered by legions of friends, family and students (often with no musical experience at all) all gathered together to perform the compositions of Mr Cardew.

Composed in 1969 and recorded in 1971, it was originally released as an LP on Deutsche Grammophon. This is the very welcome reissue from Cortical Foundation in 2000.

The Great Learning

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Domenico Guaccero - Rot

Italian avant-garde music from 1973 (side 1) and 1981 (side 2), reissued by Die Schachtel on vinyl in 2004.

Domenico Guaccero - Rot

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Insieme Musica Diversa - Untitled

Wild album of Italian hippie freaks originally released in 1980, then reissued in 2005 by Die Schachtel in a box with all sorts of posters and doo-dads.

Insieme Musica Diversa - Untitled

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Various - The NYFA Collection: 25 Years Of New York New Music




New York ... is it all that?

erm ... yes.

Five disc collection released on Innova Recordings in 2010.

NY

FA

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Girolamo De Simone - Shama

Released in 2008 by Die Schachtel as part of their Zeit Composers series.

Girolamo De Simone - Shama

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Various - Sonderangebot




This begins with Vicki Bennett's People Like Us (which is always a good thing and improved upon because it's about farting which is always a good thing). It then takes a bit of a nosedive with some dated Muslimgauze and Bad Sector before rising to the challenge with the likes of Charlemagne Palestine, Étant Donnés, Deutsch Nepal, Jaap Blonk, Zbigniew Karkowski and Kapotte Muziek. Well worth a dalliance.

CD released on Staalplaat in 1996.

Sonderangebot

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3/4HadBeenEliminated - Oblivion

2010 album by the spacebar-challenged quartet of Claudio Rocchetti, Valerio Tricoli, Stefano Pilia and Tony Arrabito. Their fifth full-length overall, but first for Milan's Die Schachtel label.

3/4HadBeenEliminated - Oblivion

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