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File under: Percussiverhythms

Laurie Spiegel, Olof Dreijer

Melodies Record Club 002: Ben UFO Selects

Label: Melodies International

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

In stock


We’re glad to be back with the second instalment of our new series of DJ and Artist curated 12” mini compilations: Melodies Record Club.  Ben UFO is up next for volume two, following Four Tet’s selection a few months back. Available early October in loud 12” format and digitally.  Here we have two tracks which have been staples in Ben’s DJ sets at different times, but neither were originally produced with a club setting in mind, which is why they’ve never been available in this format before.  On one side, we have “Drums” from Laurie Spiegel’s 1980 experimental electronics album “The Expanding Universe”, a collection of tracks produced between 1974 and 1976 using a computer playing the actual sounds by controlling analog synthesis equipment under control of the GROOVE hybrid system developed by Max Matthews and F.R. Moore at Bell Labs. Drums is a percussive seven minute computer generated workout inspired by Laurie’s interest in African and Indian musics, and which brings to mind the most far out kosmiche music of the period to modern day techno.

A connection Ben has tried to make explicit by including it in his first BBC essential mix back in 2013.  On the flip we have a track by Olof Dreijer from the Swedish band the Knife who’s work you might also be familiar with under the moniker Oni Ayhun. Back in 2009 his artist friend Adnan Yildiz curated an exhibition called “There is no audience" ” in Montethermoso, dedicated to public imagination. Adnan commissioned a single piece from Olof called “Echoes from Mamori”, that played on loop during the exhibition and was subsequently released only on CD. A contemporary piece more clearly indebted to house music, Olof built the track around arpeggios generated using sounds of frogs he recorded in the Amazon and birds around Berlin, fed into a sampler. 

Ben’s instalment is out early October in loud 12” format and digitally (stream & download), first press comes with a folded A2 insert with words from and about the Artists. Graphic design by Atelier ChoqueLeGoff, illustration and animation by Nevil Bernard and for the audiophiles out there, remastered and cut at half speed by Matt Colton at Metropolis Studios!  Third instalment curated by Hunee is scheduled shortly, which will be followed over time by a string of releases including selections from Josey Rebelle, Mafalda, Floating Points, Anya & Julia from Javybz, Daphni, Charlie Bones, Red Greg, Gilles Peterson… and more, stay tuned!

File under: Percussiverhythms
Cat. number: MRC002
Year: 2020
First press comes with a folded A2 insert, with liner notes and interviews from Ben UFO, Laurie Spiegel and Olof Dreijer. Remastered and cut at half speed... Metropolis Studios. Side A plays at 45 rpm, & Side B plays at 33 1/3 rpm. "Drums" composed, produced, performed and recorded... 1974-76 using a computer playing the actual sounds controlling analog synthesis equipment under control of the GROOVE (Generating Realtime Operations On Voltage-controlled Equipment) hybrid system which was developed by Max Matthews and F.R. Moore at Bell Labs. ● Interaction with the computer was through a keyboard, pushbuttons and knobs, as well as complex "algorhythms" written by Spiegel in FORTRAN IV ● Licence courtesy of Laurie Spiegel / Laurie Spiegel Publishing (ASCAP) and Unseen Worlds Records. "Echoes From Mamori" License courtesy of Olof Dreijer, Olat AB ● For more details: info@d-e-f.com A sound piece commissioned by Adnan Yildiz for the exhibition project "There Is No Audience, an exhibition about public imagination" (22-31 August 2009, Montethermoso, Vitoria-Gastelz, Spain).