From 1970. Side 1 features a selection of stereophonic musical excerpts with irritating descriptive interjections by American narrator. Side 2 is a grab-bag of field recordings – sports cars, fire engines, subway trains, canons, etc…
Time to bring it all down baby – all that Latin stuff is wearing the carpet out – not to mention if I keep up all this wigging-out to Bossa-grooves -the old ticka will for sure pack up on me ..
So where next on this journey into musty-sleeved-sound – well nothing better to get grounded than a pristine vinyl copy (the sleeve is however a tad tattered) of this 1970 Hallmark-Pickwick release of master recordist K. G. Attwood documenting the dying days of the steam-locomotive in various parts of England – most being recorded between 1968-9. Whilst other mind-experimenters-of-sound were locked in dark studios – fiddlng with reverse-tape-echo, spring-reverbs and the like – Attwood was positioned at some station or crossing – armed with some damn tasty equipment (here we go tech nerds: UHER 4200 recorder, Sennheiser MD 421 / AKG D224 microphones) – he has captured in mind-shattering stereo – some absolutely outstanding field-recordings of a time long past. I know I know – all sounds like my fetish with the bird recording stuff – but – I love a good sounding – non-processed recording of outdoor sounds – and this is such a beast … hop on board and ride ……
Picked this up in Crewkerne, Somerset this afternoon – been playing it all day since – scares the 3 year-old in the house to bits …. and on head-phones is a quite an out-of-body experience (really)….
Time to stick on Last Train to Trancentral (KLF008R) by the KLF and go for the train-spotters mix from hell … If you see it – grab it – you know it makes sense !!
Bird Recognition – An Aural Index (Victor C. Lewis).
3 disc boxset with booklet – Mono – 7EG 8926-7-8 – 1966
I must admit to absolutly loving these discs …. forget all that Eno-esque,synth-laden,new-ageism ambient tosh – pleeeazze…- sorry – but if I feel like a bit of relaxation , nothing does it much better that a disc of naturally recorded real-world sounds – and yes – the sounds of birds in the English countryside do it for me…
Split over three 7 inchers is a detailed analysis of some 47 species of bird and 187 individual recordings covering a very-wide range of chirping emotions (we got the lot here – alarm, flight, song, sub-song, mating, roosting, feeding etc etc).
This boxset is one of a series of 3 – covering various types of birds in a grouping of various types of habitat – all recorded in the late 1950s and early 1960s they are a snap-shot of a more quiet era long since lost …. as stated in the excellent book included “Due to the advent of the jet-aircraft, and the present-day multiplicity of man-made noise generally, good quality natural history sound recordings are fast becoming virtually impossible ….”
Victor C Lewis has left a stonker of an archive of recordings spread over numerous musty slabs of plastic – that I am slowly hunting down – this box cost me 50 pence – bargin or what !!
Anyway – here is the recordist in his studio – NICE !!
<<<< A SPEAKER TO SPEAKER TRIP IN THRILLING SPATIAL STEREO >>>>
<<<<<< SPATIAL STEREO >>>>>>>
The London Philharmonic Orchestra with Pipe Organ and Electronic Synthesizer Effects.
Love the Pipe Organ bit – no idea where that pops into this – but the synth is all over with squelchy throbbing white noise stuff – on top of a pretty standard interpretation of the old ‘space’ classics by the London Philharmonic Orchestra…
A snip for 20 new-pence in Taunton yesterday afternoon – bought 2 space-themed discs yesterday – the other will be reviewed very soon when I work out how best to scan the many-many pages !!
Anyway – if you only had an mp3 of this you too could (as stated on the reverse of the sleeve) – “Take an audio trip into space”…
Electronic Sounds and Effects for Electronic Music (Judd)
An amazing demonstration disc of the basic sounds of electronic sources circa 1967 – pure sine/square/pulse tones at various throbbing cycles … unfiltered white noise – ring-modulation of sine waves – electronically controlled attack/delay/reverb/echo – mechanical spring-line reverberation, echo by means of mag-tape feedback, reversed-echo weirdness – and some uber-cool experiments using tape-loops – that with a suitable back-beat would not be amiss in any minimal-tech night …
A complete scan of the whole of the October 1967 Practical electronics issue written by F.C. Judd can be grabbed here.
The added beauty of this disc is that I found it for free – stuck inside a disc of bird song recording – more of which will be posted real real soon … !