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Graeme Revell

The Insect Musicians / Necropolis, Amphibians & Reptiles

Label: Old Europa Cafe

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

In stock


* CD Digi-Slipcase + 40 Pages Booklet * Graeme Revell might be known as the mastermind behind the seminal Industrial project SPK. Or for the many sound-tracks released for the movie industry, for films such as: Body of Evidence, Boxing Helena, The Crow, Street Fighter, From Dusk till Down, The Craft, the Negotiator, Red Planet, Collateral Damage,  High Crimes, Sin City and many, many others...

The Insect Musicians album is important for several reasons: "The Insect Musicians"  probably is the first album created with computer only, it was released back in 1986! Years before Matmos, Lopez or Autechre, Revell created microtonal music - not only using samples of micro-sounds (here are sound of insects), but also experimenting with nature of sound itself. Newest technology is mixed with nature, all material comes from the natural environment. Insects play, but Revell rearranges it to some kind of weirdo symphony. An incredible album to be listened very carefully in order to capture the many different sound-shades. Probably best result is listening on good headphones.

Necropolis, Amphibians & Reptiles: this used to be a compilation involving also Nurse With Wound and Déficit Des Années Antérieures dedicated to Adolf Wölfli. Adolf Wölfli was born in Bern. He was abused both physically and sexually as a child, and was orphaned at the age of 10. He often attempted to perform sexual acts on young girls – often getting away unpunished [citation needed]. Eventually, he was caught in the act and institutionalized for his doings. After being freed, he was re-arrested for a similar offense and in 1895 was admitted to the Waldau Clinic, a psychiatric hospital in Bern where he spent the rest of his adult life. He was very disturbed and sometimes violent on admission, he suffered from psychosis, which led to intense hallucination. At some point after his admission, Wölfli began to draw, incredible drawings! His first surviving works (a series of 50 pencil drawings) are dated from between 1904 and 1906.

Cat. number: OECD 286
Year: 2020

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