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Milan Knizak

broken music

Label: KISSING SPELL

Format: CD

Genre: Sound Art

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When Broken Music was first released in 1979 on the microscopic label Multhipla, it went by largely unnoticed. This brand new CD reissue forced a reappraisal of Milan Knizak's pioneering work, especially in the wake of his followers Christian Marclay and Martin Tétreault. The five pieces presented here all consist of Knizak's modified LPs being played (on one or two turntables it seems). He cut them up and glued unrelated pieces together, pasted pieces of paper on them, scratched them, painted them -- anything to destroy the medium and subvert its original contents to create new sounds. The needle hops, skips, falls into the holes of this Swiss cheese of a record, and eventually self-destructs. As if all that wasn't enough, Knizak also tampers with the playback speed. The result is an unexpectedly nerve-racking and aggressive album recorded in 1964-1965 and originally released in 1979 re-issued. Groundbreaking work of art damage.
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Cat. number: KSCD0000815
Year: 2008

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