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Best of 2023

Angus MacLise

Tapes (3CD Box)

Label: Art Into Life

Format: 3CD Box

Genre: Sound Art

In stock


Angus MacLise, the first drummer for the Velvet Underground, was a poet, composer, and a member of The Theatre of Eternal Music alongside La Monte Young.  The "Tapes" 3CD Box is the first-ever reissue of a 3-cassette compilation that Pleasure Editions originally released in 2015, limited to only 100 copies. The 3CD box set comes with a miniature poster and track lists, and each CD has a paper sleeve that reproduces the original cassette card artwork.

This comprehensive 3CD box set is over three hours in length and includes session recordings with Tony Conrad and William Breeze (of Coil, Current 93, and Psychic TV), mystical recordings from the filming of Ira Cohen's "The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda" (1968), shortwave experiments, and sounds of Tibetan Buddhist monks recorded by MacLise.  The "Tapes" compilation features excerpts from the archives of the Angus MacLise Papers, which are held at Columbia University Library. The archives contain over 100 hours of reel-to-reel tape recordings of live improvised music, theatrical performances, and sound experiments created by MacLise and his associates during the 1960s and 1970s. MacLise produced the original recordings in his own unique style, characterized by rough and peculiar editing.  The release is curated and sequenced by Will Cameron and Mark Iosifescu.  Jim O'Rourke completed a new sound restoration and mastering of the recordings in 2023.

Special thanks to Hetty MacLise, Ossian MacLise, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, Sheldon Rochlin, Ira Cohen, Rob Ward, Jim O’Rourke, Johan Kugelberg, Tim Barnes, Erica Barnes, Dia Art Foundation,and Robert Bielecki.  This official release is authorized by Dreamweapon New York, a project of the MacLise Family Estate. 

Cat. number: AIL020
Year: 2023