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Truly unique music that sounds like nothing else

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Initial post: Feb 3, 2012 11:27:13 PM PST
So basically this thread is about music that you think is utterly unique and sounds like nothing else. I don't mean necessarily music that is really good or really innovative... I mean stuff that just sounds totally alien, completely out of left field, or otherwise not like anything else out there. I know that technically everything is 'unique' in one way or another, but still...

For one example of the kind of thing I'm talking about:

Another example:

Anyway, I dunno, just curious what comes to mind for you all.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 10:19:45 AM PST
James Warner says:
Cardiacs, anyone?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2012 10:26:56 AM PST
Sweet, I like it!

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 10:59:14 AM PST
B L T says:
Harry Partch

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 11:33:53 AM PST
B-Jak says:
Morton Subotnik
Sleepytime gorilla museum
Thinking fellers local 242

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 11:45:21 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 4, 2012 2:47:20 PM PST
Laust Cawz says:
Bjork's "Medulla" & various stuff by The Residents?

By the way, in the words of George Carlin, the word "unique"
requires no modifiers, truly, utterly, or any others.
Yes, it's a tricky issue; how about--extremely unusual??

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 3:49:03 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 4, 2012 6:29:08 PM PST
mac says:
Great stuff! I'm a big Nancarrow fan (not that this is one of his pieces), and what a beautiful instrument in the video!

There is an album called "Place Of General Happiness - Lyrics By Earnest Noyes Brookings" that has some great off-beat stuff like that girl band video.

Remember "My Name is Larry"? - It used to be a Dr. Demento staple.

Along the lines of programmed music (Nancarrow's approach could be called such), two works I know are:

Charles Dodge "Earth's Magnetic Field - Realizations in computed electronic sound" follows an algorithm triggered by solar wind activity data points.

Willie Ruff and John Rodgers produced a piece called "The Harmony of The World - A Realization for the Ear of Johannes Kepler's Astronomical Data from Harmonics Mundi 1619". Though the sound of sine waves abound in the recording, there are many interesting tonal combinations.

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 7:50:15 AM PST
Working Man says:
I don't know if this is what you're going for but Frank Zappa's music was quite unique and as far as I know didn't sound like anyone else.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 10:23:11 PM PDT
Nobody can ever sound like King Crimson and that band has a real difficult time sounding like themselves!

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 7:14:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2012 7:24:54 AM PDT
Snoo says:
Ozric Tentacles

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 7:39:41 AM PDT
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Posted on Nov 2, 2012 8:13:39 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
David Lindley and El Rayo-X
Heck even Mr. Dave solo is as strange as it gets.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 9:28:33 AM PDT
Wild Man Fischer, ca. 1969, supposedly a crazy guy that Frank Zappa heard singing in the streets and helped him get a record. It is definitely unique and strange and awful and great all at the same time....I mean, my kids grew up singing Monkeys Vs. Donkeys, which still cracks me up to this day. "The leaves are falling..."

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 9:48:05 AM PDT
Johnny Bee says:
Beefheart circa Trout Mask Replica and Lick My Decals Off Baby

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 11:38:49 AM PDT
I don't think Aphrodite's Child is the strangest group I ever heard (they are unusual) but they have perhaps the strangest song I ever heard. It is on their double album 666. The song title just has a symbol (that stands for infinity.) It is basically a woman (Irene Papas) and a drum in which she is having a very strange orgasim. The album is really good and it has some really far out songs but nothing as far out as this!

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 7:15:40 PM PST
vap1951 says:
You might want to give me a listen... I'm a music composer, playwright, and a published author.
Trimming The Tree
Achromatic Apparel

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 4:19:48 AM PST
The Swans

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 8:11:42 AM PST
Geezerguy says:
Bruce Haack
Gary Wilson
VU's "Sister Ray"
Lou's "Metal Machine Music"
Tonto's Expanding Head Band
Stranglers "Meninblack"
Hasil Adkins

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 9:07:17 AM PST
B-Jak says:
"An Electric Storm " by White Noise is wonderfully bizarre. Created in the 60"s by BBC Radiophonic Workshop composers Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, and David Vorhaus, a classical bass player, it is largely an experiment with tape manipulation.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 9:46:58 AM PST
E. Dill says:

United States of America - st
Hard Coming Love -

Pink Floyd - Ummagumma
Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in A Cave
and Grooving with a Pict -

Hampton Grease Band - Music to Eat
Maria -
Halifax -

Theater of Eternal Music (Angus MacLise; John Cale; LaMonte Young; Marion ZaZeela, Terry Jennings;
Tony Conrad)
B Flat Dorian Blues 19x63 -

Glenn Branca
Lesson #1 -

Theoretical Girls
You Got Me -

Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle (1968)

Scott Walker - It's Raining Today

Big Star - Third - Sister Lovers
Holocaust -

Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
Colossal Youth -
Searching for Mr. Right -

Beat Happening - You Turn Me On
Godsend -

The Stooges - Fun House
Down on the Street -

Roky Erickson/13th Floor Elevators - The Evil One
I Walked With a Zombie -

Silver Apples - Contact
You and I -
Oscillations & Seagreen Serenades -

Syd Barrett - Madcap Laughs

Captain Beefheart - Safe as Milk

Captain Beefheart - Strictly Personal

Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica

Captain Beefheart - Lick My Decals Off Baby

Captain Beefheart - Spotlight Kid
I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby -
White Jam -
Grow Fins -

Captain Beeheart - Clear Spot
My Head is My Only House Unless it Rains -
Circumstances -

More later. Keep in mind, these are not new. Beefheart goes back to the 60's and early 70's.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 1:15:39 PM PST
Geezerguy says:
E. Dill: I have most of these and enjoy them. However, I've always like Glenn Phillips solo more than Hampton Grease Band. Beefheart's illness and eventual death was a huge loss to music.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 7:20:57 PM PST
Glenn Phillips is a knock-out as a guitar player.
"Swim In The Mind" is one stunning instrumental LP.
His fretless bassist Bill Rea is out of this world, too-

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 11:05:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 11:18:42 PM PST
I know that everybody here is probably aware of these albums but these are two albums that immediately pop to mind as having been uncategorizable to me on first listen:

Kate Bush, "The Dreaming" (1982)
My Bloody Valentine, "Loveless" (1991)

Sure, you can label The Dreaming "art-rock", or Loveless "shoegaze", but those terms are loose ones in themselves and do not really fully describe what is going on in those albums. Can you really name an artist or album that sounds like these two?

There are tons of artists that sounded like nothing else before them when they debuted, who of course sound familiar today because they influenced so many after them. The Velvet Underground comes to mind. But I'm not aware of anyone truly attempting to replicate either "The Dreaming" or "Loveless", not even the original artists themselves! They stand alone.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 12:25:22 AM PST
Jersey Joker says:
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