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Henry Flynt

New American Ethnic Music Volume 1

Label: RECORDED

Format: double CD

Genre: Electronic

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The classic double CD release that really renewed the interest in Henry's Flynt's idiosyncratic music (linked to Conceptual art and minimalism) -- at least 10 other CDs have followed since the release of this one. It is listed as #6 on Alan Lichts' "Minimal Top Ten" list, which says a lot. First volume in the series subtitled: New American Ethnic Music. "Recorded in '80 and '81, two mind-blowing disks delivering flowing, trance-inducing violin solos of extreme beauty and seriousness. In these incredible electronic hillbilly music violin performances, an exalted synthesis of American ethnic music, raga-like lyrical virtuosity, and a deep sensibility takes place--a nod to human culture from the great nihilist philosopher and father of Concept Art. Should be completely world-famous, but only now is this music beginning to the get the attention it deserves.

"Instead of the bombastic thud of rock, Flynt’s playing included “rollicking”, “forward-sweeping”, flexible rhythms, indivisible by bar lines, creating an expansive, nearly suspended, rolling sense of time."
- -Ian Nagoski
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Cat. number: rec 003
Year: 2007