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Dé-coll/age Musik
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wolf vostell - Dé-coll/age Musik

wolf vostell

Dé-coll/age Musik

€ 22.90

LABEL: Soave
GENRE: Sound Art | FORMAT: LP | CATALOG N. Soave002 | YEAR. (2017)

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A seminal figure in the history of 20th century avant-garde, yet sinfully overlooked, Wolf Vostell unleashed ideas - those running wild through his debut LP Dé-coll/age Musik, which remain a slap to the face, more than half a century after they were set into play. A founding member of Fluxus, an early instigator of Happenings, an innovator of video art, Vostell was equally one of the most radical and irreverent practitioners in sound that the world has ever known.

First released in 1982, Dé-coll/age Musik draws from material dating between the late 1950’s and early 80’s - the results of Vostell’s application of décollage, the near perfect inversion of collage. Rather than gathered and assembled sounds - as with Musique Concrète, these are the result of subtractions from a former whole - the death of one, giving life to the next.

Swelling from the past, Vostell’s efforts pull the rug from beneath the common history of structured sound. A singular body with no loyalty, producing shocking results. A grinding confrontation - an intoxicating immersion in sound - as brutal as it is ecstatic - an exercise in joy.  Dé-coll/age Musik assembles the essence of a creative spirit which is rarely known. Each work as radical and fresh today as the moment it was made.

 

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"More than half a century since it first emerged, Fluxus remains a punch in the gut - an angry, restless, contentious creature who refuses to behave and play by the rules. With works by its many members increasingly familiar on museum walls, despite relentless efforts to tame, contain, and define, it has managed to accomplish what Punk never did - unmediated and lasting rebellion and creative force - stubbornly waiting it out. It will not bow - an ever present fuck you in the establishment’s face.

Fluxus was revolutionary, unmanageable, and elusive as a point of conception. History was one of its many enemies, a fact which, though admirable, has yielded unfortunate results. It’s nearly impossible to capture an accurate image of what it was - opening its narrative to alteration, personal agenda, and loss. Much of its legacy has been sculpted in retrospect - often favoring it’s more famous members and associates, while important contributors have been cloaked in the shadows of time - the bearers of inconvenient truths. Such is the fate of Wolf Vostell.   

Wolf Vostell was a founding member of George Maciunas’ rowdy collective, and among the first to reside in Europe - planting its seed in what arguably became its most fruitful soil. That alone should have assured his place. He is a seminal figure in the history of 20th century avant-garde, yet remains sinfully overlooked. An early instigator of Happenings, an innovator of video art, Vostell was equally one of the most radical and irreverent practitioners in sound that the world has ever known. He unleashed ideas - those running wild through his debut LP Dé-coll/age Musik, which remain shocking, surprising, and revolutionary, nearly 60 years after they were set into play.

 

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First released in 1982 on the seminal sound art imprint Multhipla, Dé-coll/age Musik draws from material dating from the late 1950’s to the early 80’s. Through audio sourced from Happening, dialogues, and appropriated sound - Vostell’s creations are a product of his application of décollage, the near perfect inversion of collage. Rather than gathered and assembled sounds - as with Musique Concrète, they are the result of subtractions from a former whole - the death of one, giving life to the next.

As Vostell’s efforts enter the light, we are offered a rare glimpse into the sonic radicalism of another age, joined within the unmediated spirit of the movement from which they sprang. They are a gift from the shadows of time - pulling the rug from beneath the common history of structured sound. A singular body with no loyalty, producing shocking results. A grinding confrontation - an intoxicating immersion in sound - as brutal as it is ecstatic - an exercise in joy. Dé-coll/age Musik assembles the essence of a creative spirit which is rarely known. Each work as radical and fresh today as the moment it was made.

Issued on vinyl for the first time since its original release, its reemergence can't help but produce shock and awe." Bradford Bailey


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1   Radio Dé-coll/Age 3:16  
2   Dé-Coll/Age Manifesto 3:02  
3   Sun In Your Head 6:42  
4   El Aeropuerto Como Sala De Concierto 2:52  
5   Elektronischer Dé-coll/Age Happening Raum 3:02  
6   Telemetre 3:00  
7   MiM 2:55  
8   Hochspannung 3:03  
9   Fandango 3:05  
10   Heuwagen 3:12  
11   Giovanna La Pazza 3:33  
12   San Diego Freeway 3:57  
13   Garden Of Delices 3:02