All of your favorites, in one place.
Limited edition of 500. Ken Moore (from Baltimore, Maryland) is one of the very early American DIY synthesists and multi-instrumental talents. Moore started to explore electronic music in the mid '70s while working in various (progressive) rock formations. In 1980 he established his own label, Anvil Creations, and in the following four years released approximately 20 tapes of solo and collaborative works he had recorded between 1973 and 1983. His solo work of that era bridges abstract electronic music with synthesizers and Mellotron and more psychedelic rock-based material he had primarily produced in the early to mid '70s. He also collaborated with Stuart Rosenzweig and founded the progressive rock duo Moore/Myers with David Wayne Myers. Moore was also very active in James Finch's International Electronic Music Association (IEMA), which started in 1979. Besides newsletters with contact-lists for subscribing musicians or reviews of cassettes, IEMA also organized festivals for musicians and released a series of seven IEMA collective/group compilation tapes containing musicians of the IEMA. Ken Moore was the man behind those tape compilations and their distribution. This LP includes tracks from Moore's 1981 collaboration with Larry Jeter, Elixir, plus "Excuse for the War" from Moore's 1981 solo release Sense of Recreation. Elixir features Moore on Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, Lowrey organ, ARP String Ensemble and Fender Rhodes electric piano and Jeter on Premiere drums, custom chimes, cymbals, and percussion, with the support of Mark Chance on electric bass guitar. It's primarily a groove-session percussion album with keyboards. Putting three musicians together from different backgrounds was an experiment all its own. Mark Chance was a rock bass guitarist who was integrating his own style of playing with what was a cohesion of jazz and electronic music. Sort of a free-form improvisational jam session with the drummer honed in to every lick the keyboard player emitted. This is really a collaboration between Jeter and Moore, who came from two different backgrounds, yet were willing to try something different. Originally released on cassette in 1981 on Moore's Anvil Creations label.