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Trevor Wishart

Menagerie - Beach Singularity - Vocalise

Label: Paradigm Discs

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

In stock


Releasing electroacoustic music in this country has historically, always been a dedicated persuit. With no national record labels and very few electronic music studios to support this music, the UK has always lagged behind its counterparts in both the United States and throughout east and west Europe. Trevor started releasing his own music in 1973 and continues to do so to this day. Much of this CD was originally privately released in 1979. Whilst other maverick British composers (Nyman, Bryars, Cardew etc.) chose to stay out of the electronic music studio, Wishart and a few others, (starting out in 1961 with the pioneering LP of musique concrète by Desmond Leslie), took the plunge. This CD comprises a complete reissue of the 1979 LP with an additional 4 Menagerie pieces added to the 6 on the original release, plus an improvised solo vocal piece recorded at the old Recommended Records shop in London on 30th March 1991.

Beach Singularity was performed on the beaches at Morecambe, Cleveleys, St. Annes, and Southport in the summer of 1977.

The Palm Beach Orchestra is Poppy Holden - vocals; Lyn Dobson - saxophones; Melvyn Poore - tuba; Robin Coombes - clarinet; Dick Witts - percussion, vocals; Martin Mayes - horn, vocals; Trevor Wishart - tapes, miscellaneous vocals.

Menagerie began life in 1974 when Trevor Wishart asked a number of well known British performance artistis to build small assemblages for an exhibition in which each object would be accompanied by appropriate taped sounds. The exhibition, consisting of eleven assemblages, was first prepared for the Birmingham Arts Lab and presented there in January 1975. The accompanying tapes were all made at The University of York Electronic Music Studio by Trevor Wishart. Menagerie and Beach singularity previously released on LP in 1979.

"An important composer working on the fringes of numerous genres, Trevor Wishart's extraordinary skill is exhibited well on this CD re-issue." —All-Music Guide

"Essential historical stuff of recent musical history that is luckily being preserved." —Frans de Waard, Vital

"The pieces are valuable to anyone curious about the way sound can be stretched and pummelled into submission. At a time when we are subjected to so much cheap and cheerless sonic art, Trevor Wishart's hard won skills seem especially valuable." —John L. Walters, The Wire

Cat. number: PD 03
Year: 1997

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