It's Springtime for Electroacoustic Nerds in New Zealand! And there is no better soundtrack for that garden party, barbecue, or kegger than the classic period of NZ academic electroacoustic. These four albums are from a series of six or seven CDs released in 1993 by CD Manu. All feature gorgeous cover photography from Theo Schoon, the Java-born Nederlander who made a huge -- though often forgotten -- impact on the New Zealand visual art world upon his immigration in 1939. These CDs are out of print, but you can still pick up new and used copies on Amazon or Discogs, ranging from US$1.50 for a used Ross Harris 'Inner Worlds' CD to US$68.00 for a new copy of Jack Body's 'Suara'.
Jack Body - Suara: Environmental Music From Java (1978-1990)
Close to Home.' His work never seems to stray from celebrating the beautiful in sound. Like John Cousins, many of his compositions involve manipulated field recordings and human voice, but rather than devising from these an unsettling alien soundtrack, Body finds lyricism and musicality in his sources.
John Rimmer - Fleeting Images (1979-1991)
Religion Without Science
John Cousins - Sleep Exposure (1979-1986)
John Cousins' work consistently stupefies me. His main instrument is the oldest of all -- the human voice -- but he employs it in a way which is utterly jarring. With a dictaphone, a delay, some filtering and panning, and maybe a few other toys, he creates unsettling non-linear narratives which are almost more like dance or theatre than sound art or music. Funny, frustrating, and plain old f'ed up, these tracks are as fossilic and foreign as this other f-word: fremd. Highly recommended, difficult stuff.
Don't Stop The Tape, Don't Stop The Tape!
Lieutenant Caramel - Les Bonnes Archives du Dimanche - Savant-garde disorientation from the mighty mind of the good Lieutenant! C60 released on Old Europa Cafe in 1986. Les Bonnes Archives du Dimanche
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