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Basil Kirchin

In the 1940s and ’50s, Basil Kirchin played jazz, first drumming in his dad’s big band, then recording and ultimately leading it. Then in the late ’50s, he got fed up with his own music, went on a spiritually motivated trip to the South Seas, where he lost all his old recordings in a boat-loading accident. Thus, unencumbered by his own past, he embarked on a second and far more extraordinary musical career. Kirchin composed soundtrack music, mostly for documentaries and horror flicks, and in his spare time developed a wildly creative variant on musique concrete. While the disciples of Pierres Schaeffer and Henry fashioned compositions from the sounds of inanimate objects, Kirchin juxtaposed the voices of animals and the autistic kids that were in his wife’s care with the playing of free improvisers and rock guitarists.

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Worlds Within Worlds (Lp) Basil Kirchin Worlds Within Worlds (Lp) SUPERIOR VIADUCT sv146 Electronic LP 21.90    
Silicon Chip Basil Kirchin Silicon Chip TRUNK TTT010 Library/Soundtracks 7'' 12.50    
Basil Kirchin Is My Friend: A Trunk Records Sampler (Lp) Basil Kirchin Basil Kirchin Is My Friend: A Trunk Records Sampler (Lp) TRUNK JBH 067LP Library/Soundtracks LP 21  
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Basil Kirchin Is My Friend: A Trunk Records Sampler (Lp) Basil Kirchin Primitive London TRUNK JBH 038 Jazz Vinyl LP 19.90  
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Particles Basil Kirchin Particles TRUNK JBH 021CD Jazz CD 16.00  
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Abstractions of the Industrial North Basil Kirchin Abstractions of the Industrial North TRUNK JBH 012 Jazz CD 16.00  
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Quantum Basil Kirchin Quantum TRUNK JBH 003 Experimental CD 16.00  
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