Music for The Gift

October 16, 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 30, 1997
  • Label: Elision Fields
  • Total Length: 1:08:26
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  • ASIN: B0017CQGIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,574 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Speedy VINE VOICE on February 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
i've had the time to really dig into this cd and i am still amazed at these early experiments.Most of them are done from recordings made by a mid sixties Chet Baker (!) and his group. And Riley then starts messing around with these recordings sending Baker to a whole different plateau. There are other tracks which are equally interesting and more in the nature of later works. Overall, a one-of-a-kind experience.Recommended to searchers of original avant, recording experimentation and jazz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MC on May 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Mescalin Mix" (1960-1962) and "Bird of Paradise" (1965) are both tape collage/assemblage/manipulation pieces firmly rooted in the conceptual traditions of Musique Concrète but pushed in new directions due to conscious decisions on Riley's part. For "Mescalin Mix," rather than just simply assembling gathered sounds, Riley had a plan for the sounds he desired--whether it be a girl's laughter or a blues piano riff (which he would play himself). When it came time to cut tape though the lengths were estimated using crude measuring techniques which retained a sense of arbitrariness in the piece. Another noteworthy technique used was the hand-manipulation of tape speed which Riley found interesting when used on spoken words. "Bird of Paradise" differs in that it plays with some pre-existing recorded (commercial?--I couldn't make out any specifics) music which makes it seem more rhythmic (initially at least, compared to "Mescalin Mix") and immediately brings to mind contemporary sampling (plunderphonics, mashups...). In addition to the occasional audible splice, both pieces suffer from the to-be-expected degradation/noise that is customary to several generations of tape manipulations (cutting, copying, looping, etc.) on, Riley's admittedly, low-tech equipment. Riley credits these experimental textures, the inherent low-fi nature of the piece and his tactile approach to cutting and measuring in giving Mescalin Mix a more "folk art," even relaxing, dreamy quality rather than the sterile, mechanical studio work one might expect.

The highlight on this CD though is "Music for the Gift" (1963). It seems that a bit of luck, timing and serendipity made possible the collaboration between Riley, Chet Baker and a playwright named Ken Dewey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Gold on July 1, 2012
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I bow to no one as a Terry Riley admirer, but I find it hard to cotton to these 1960's pre-minimalist experiments in tape manipulation. Frankly, with the exception of The Gift, a brilliant collaboration with jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, it's thumbs down from me for this disc. If you're a Riley fanatic like I am, you'll want all his recordings, but if you're just getting to know him, I wouldn't start here.
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