Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A William Burroughs Birthday Book


I found this doing a clear out some years back a couple of months after Burroughs birthday and thought it would be a good idea to scan and post in time for the following year but just plain forgot. I would come across it from time and then forget about it again…anyway I’m on it this year round.
I bought this after the event from a underground mail order book distribution catalog called counter culture(?) pre internet days.
I haven’t read this since 1994 but had a quick scan through it whilst scanning, some interesting stuff within.
Counter Productions were a great source for finding unknown, weird and fringe gems, most of which I’ve kept and will scan and post if I find the time.
• Stylo •

A William Burroughs Birthday Book was produced to coincide with an event promoted by Catherine
Lupton and held on 5th February 1994 in Brighton, the 80th Birthday of William Burroughs.
The event itself in many ways mirrored Burroughs' own approach to literature and art, being a
random coming together of discrete connections that were collaged into a 'whole'. Alongside video
and sound-bites, numerous artists, writers and performers presented their work...
The only criterion was that the presentations should in some way be appropriate as a gift to Mr Burroughs.
The event was a sell-out, the dreamachines flickered into the night, and Dr Benway even
performed an appendectomy to thrill the crowds!
The booklet proved to be extremely popular. The following pages give just a flavour…WSB
The last words of Hassan i Sabbah

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Buck Jam Tonic

Buck Jam Tonic is a double album of improvised music by John Zorn, Bill Laswell & Tatsuya Nakamura. The album was released on the Japanese Wilddisc label in 2003 and is comprised of one disc mixed in Tokyo and another mixed in New York City. A vinyl edition was also released containing only the Tokyo mix.
The two discs make a neat set: the first was mixed by drummer Tatsuya Nakamura, while the second features three Bill Laswell interpretations of the same sessions. An obvious result is that there's some overlap of source material between the discs (see the samples of "Nu," from the Tokyo mix, and "Tzu," from the New York mix), but where Nakamura's tracks are rough-sounding little nuggets of rock, Laswell's are denser epics that build and ebb dramatically (across a wider spectral range, too) over the course of 20 or 30 minutes. Furthering the variety, John Zorn actually played alto and soprano sax that day instead of just honking, and Laswell pulled out some monstrous "boWAAAAAAAOW" noises to really get the blood flowing; the effect is a lot like the ugly muscle of Execution Ground, only with way peppier drumming. Hearing it through two different sets of ears gives BJT some replay value beyond its fist-pumping qualities, too, so it's more than just a replacement for a concert experience. Get past the awful name and hideous cover, and there's plenty to enjoy. - Taylor McLaren

Disc one • Tokyo mix
1. Old Dragon - 4:53
2. Lobo - 7:18
3. Matagi - 5:39
4. Toccata for Coyote - 10:20
5. Nu - 4:53

Disc two • New York mix
1. Tzu - 23:29
2. Second Sight - 28:37
3. Panepha - 15:39

John Zorn
• alto sax, soprano sax
Bill Laswell • electric bass
Tatsuya Nakamura • drums

All compositions by Nakamura/Laswell/Zorn
Recorded on December 6, 2002 at Victor Studio, Tokyo
Disc one mixed at Studio Sunshine,
Tokyo, by Tatsuya Nakamura
Disc two mixed at Turtletone Studio,
New York City, by Bill Laswell
Produced by Tsutomu Fujii

Label: WildDisk – WDD-004/005
Format: 320
Country: Japan
Released: 2003
Genre: Jazz, Rock
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Electric Ladyland (Vol.1)


The original Electric Ladyland comp, not the Clickhop version which came out some years later. Some good tracks including Maschine by Gas, not be confused with the my previous post by another artist under the same name.

1. Alec Empire • Kick Some Soul Pt. 1
2. Zulutronic • Drop A Lot
3. 4E • 91 Killer
4. Kerosene • Please Harder
5. G 104 • Bassphemic Village
6. Alec Empire • Kick Some Soul Pt. 2
7. Ian Pooley • Dancehall Killer
8. Mouse On Mars • Schlecktron (Double Mix)
9. Zulutronic • Hong Kong Phui
10. Gas • Maschine
11. Hanin • The Outback
12. Himadri • Disconnect Dissect
13. Abe Duque • You

Label: Mille Plateaux: MP 019 CD
Series: Electric Ladyland 1
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: Germany
Released: 1995
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop
Style: Abstract, Experimental

Friday, 26 December 2014

Excavation • Unauthorized Cut-Up Vol. I

1. Untitled • Bill Laswell 
2. Untitled/Ta'Wil • Bill Laswell/Ira Cohen/Pharoah Sanders/Submerged
3. Untitled • Bootsy's Rubber Band
4. Untitled • Tony Williams/Bernie Worrell
5. Simple As That • Jungle Brothers
6. Untitled/The Furies • Bill Laswell & William Burroughs/Praxis & Iggy Pop
7. Untitled • Ornette Coleman/Bill Laswell
8. Untitled • Hasil Atkins
9. Doriella du Fontaine • Jimi Hendrix/Buddy Miles
10. Untitled • JT Money/George Clinton
11. Untitled • Bill Laswell/Bootsy Collins
12. Untitled • Bill Laswell/Ornette Coleman/Julian Schnabel
13. Abi Virus • Bill Laswell/John Zorn/Masada String Trio/SPL
14. Family Affair • Iggy Pop

The Players
Bill Laswell • George Clinton • Ornette Coleman • William S. Burroughs • Pharoah Sanders • Jimi Hendrix • Tony Williams • Bernie Worrell • Iggy Pop • Bootsy Collins • Hasil Atkins • Ira Cohen • Jungle Brothers • Buckethead • Submerged • John Zorn • Julian Schnabel • Fred Wesley • Masada String Trio • Maceo Parker • Brain • Buddy Miles • SPL • Master Musicians of Jajouka • Bernard Fowler • Aiyb Dieng • JT Money • Genesis P. Orridge • Mudbone • Billy Bang.

Reconstruction and mix translation done at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ
Engineer: Robert Musso
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone, NYC
Production, reconstruction and mix translation: 
Bill Laswell

info • Silent Watcher


Country: US
Released: 2008
Genre: Electronic
Style: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Experimental, Ambient

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Kenny Wheeler R.I.P.

Kenny Wheeler • flugelhorn
Keith Jarrett • piano
Dave Holland • bass
Jack DeJohnette • drums

Kenny Wheeler, born January 14 1930, died September 18 2014

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

gas 0095

Gas 0095 was the debut album of electronic musician Mat Jarvis (High Skies) released under his Gas moniker (not to be confused with Wolfgang Voigt's Gas) . It was written, performed and recorded in his Nottingham studio during 1994 and released on Em:t Records (Emit Records) in January 1995.

The album was never advertised and quickly sold on word of mouth alone. Today it is much sought after among collectors and on auction sites like eBay. The album was encoded in 3D by the huge and hugely expensive Roland Sound Space RSS 3D sound imaging system.

In 2008, Gas 0095 was remastered at 32bit/96 kHz from the original studio tapes, and re-released on CD and digital download by Jarvis on the Microscopics label as Micro-000001.

1. Generator 0000
2. Experiments On Live Electricity
3. Microscopic
4a. Miniscule
4b. Pixels
5. Vapourware
6. SeOCl₂
7. Earthshake
8. Mathematics And Electronics
9a. Timestretch
9b. Earthloop
10a. F. 0:16
10b. H₂TeO₃
11. Discovery
12. Generator 0072

Tracklisting oddities:
- The track "Miniscule" is only a fraction of a second long, so it is listed here as 0:00 in length.
- The track "Timestretch" is a full track, 4:30 long, compressed into one second of audio.
- Tracks 10a and 10b are listed separately as Tracks 10 and 11 on the CD packaging, thus pushing Tracks 11 and 12 back to 12 and 13.
- Track 12 also comprises the extra tracks "Pink" and "Doom", not listed on the packaging.

Producer, Electronics, Mathematics

Label: em:t ‎– 0095
Country: UK
Released: 1995
Genre: Electronic
Style: IDM, Experimental, Ambient

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

em:t 0094

Cult ambient label from the UK, originally active 1994-1998. Known for its digipak releases with animal-themed covers created by The Designer's Republic. In its old incarnation, it was a sublabel of t:me. em:t shut down in 1998 when t:me succumbed to financial troubles.

In late 2003, em:t was reformed as its own company and began releasing new music, but they again went out of business in late 2006.

Catalogue numbers: For old em:t releases, the last two digits represent the year of release, and the first two represent the order of release within a year ('00', then '11', then '22' etc).

1. Coco, Steel & Lovebomb • Harlem
2. Voodoo Warriors Of Love • Swea
3. Bad Data • Deep Freeze
4. Gas • Pixels
5. Qubism • Anthropomorphic
6. Milan • Earthloop
7. Miasma • Walking Blindfold
8. Strawberry Girl • Poesie
9. Woob • Void, Part One

Recorded and mixed at Square Centre Studios, Nottingham, England, 
and other studios across the world. 

Label: em:t ‎– 0094
Format: 320
Country: UK
Released: 1994
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient