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David Cope

K, Weeds

Label: Creel Pone

Format: CDr

Genre: Electronic

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Issued “privately” (via his own “Discant Records” - the label’s sole release) in 1971, this was the recorded debut of composer & author (his “Techniques of the Contemporary Composer” was a big help in my post-collegiate years) David Cope, consisting of two side-length pieces for live instruments, demonic loud-whisper vocals, and analog electronic processing (according to the liner notes, Cope played back “early tapes of his own works,altered through a Moog synthesizer at the Electronic Studio of the Cleveland Institute of Music.”)

What’s immediately noticeable is that these pieces really don’t sound like any other one thing, merging a cyclic, at-times sea-sick sensibility (the loping piano figure & pointillist lid-smash antics of the tail-end of the second piece lend a woozy air) with the kind(s)of Hör-spiel & avant-cabaret-leanings Robert Ashley et.al would explore in the coming years (of note ; “K” is symbolically linked with a Samuel Beckett play, which gives some indication of the conceptual frameworks at play herein.)

Definitely one for the lovers of the darker end of the early-electronic spectrum; parallels can be drawn, contextually, to Ruth White’s Baudelaire realizations & even such agitprop work as Salvatore Martirano’s “L’s G.A.” - another missing link, thought awash in the void eternal, now anchored safely ashore by the P.C. C.P. brain-trust ...

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Cat. number: CP 153CD
Year: 2017