Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Rune Lindblad - Death Of The Moon: Electronic & Concrete Music 1953-1960 (1997 compi)

Pioneering electronic/electroacoustic/concrete works from a composer who refused to see any boundaries between these kind of tags - Gothenburg-born Rune Lindblad (1923-1991).  His first concert in 1957 saw audience members demanding refunds and critics panning the event as 'pure torture' - just the sort of thing that gets people like me mashing the 'Buy It Now' button six decades later to get hold of this compilation CD (despite its atrocious cover art - couldn't Pogus Productions have used another of Lindblad's nice woodcuts, or even the same one they had access to for the 1989 LP shown below?).

Far from sounding tortuous though, the recorded evidence on this collection is engaging stuff throughout, starting with the tape cut-ups of a social gathering mashed together with radio broadcasts, short wave noise and tape squelches of Party (1953).  Månens Död (Death Of The Moon) (1954-55) is subtler still, consisting of restrained, mournful-sounding electronics and ritualistic percussion.

Given the vintage of this material, vast cloudbanks of tape hiss are par for the course, but this just enhances the charm and un-academic accessibility.  The 'Fragment' pieces are particularly lo-fi, providing yet another uncanny missing link between '68 AMM, '71 Kluster and '75 Throbbing Gristle - apart from the almost prettily melodic mid-section of Fragment 1, and of course the fact that all three Fragments date back to 1955-56.  Lindblad's style was beginning to mature sonically and texturally by the time of Nocturne (1958), the highlight of this collection for me; and don't miss the closing Optica (1959-1960), created using damaged 16mm film and sounding like computer music way ahead of its time.  Coming soon - the other Lindblad compilation that I have, spanning the years 1962-1988.
Cover art for 'Death Of The Moon and Other Early Works' LP, 1989
mega / zippy

9 comments:

  1. Thanks Alan.

    Jan

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  2. Yay, Lindblad!!! Thank you!!! I'll transmit some tracks on my radio show!

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    1. sounds interesting - do you stream it/have a netradio url, or put it in podcast form anywhere?

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    2. I would also be interested in Mr Pooper's show. I also have a show you might find interesting. I'm about 6 months behind in archiving it. Your blog has been *extremely* useful to my show. listen to / link here:
      https://www.mixcloud.com/misterwarwick/

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    3. Thanks Henry. Bookmarked so I can aside some time to have a proper listen!

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  3. I used to have this on cd but it got lost years ago along the way, thanks for the memories!

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  4. Looks like my cuppa tea. Looking forward to hearing this. Thanks!

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  5. great! can't wait for the next one. thanks

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  6. i've been looking for this one for a while now since hearing Predestination. thanks a bunch!

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