69 Plunderphonics 96
A masterpiece of collage from Canada's John Oswald, expanded from his infamously banned 1989 CD, and bound in a gorgeous 61-page hardcover book. From the Swinging Sixties to the Numb Nineties, two hyper-dense discs cover the gamut of progressive musical endeavour, where punk meets classical, schmaltz marries metal, jazz divorces rap and electronica kills world.
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 6.18 x 10.16 x 0.71 inches; 11.78 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Seeland Records
- Item model number : johnoswald
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Seeland Records
- ASIN : B00005AVLZ
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #302,442 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This is an amazingly packaged and programmed 25+ year retrospective of the ingenious sampling "outlaw" art of Canadian composer and manipulator John Oswald. It includes all the tracks (many in updated versions) from the notorious "Plunderphonic" CD destroyed by the Canadian government (with the unforgettable Michael Jackson image on the cover), all the "Electrax" tunes from the very hard to find "Rubiyat" CD, a few selections from "Plexure", unreleased stuff written for various dance projects and the Kronos quartet, the legendary 1975 "Power" track... and much much more! It's all here folks, over 2 hours, about 60 tracks.
Everything from Stravinsky to Jim Morrision to Erik Satie to Count Basie to Carly Simon to beloved Jacko himself manipulated and transformed into unforgettable new works of strange and beautiful sonic art... all lavishly illustrated with extensive notes in the form of interviews with John Oswald.
This is your one stop Plunderphonics shop. Buy it, dub it, burn it, steal it... just get it before the copyright lawyers do!
For the uninformed, Plunderphonics is sampling taken to the next level, songs manipulated, sometimes beyond recognition and often to completely alter their meaning. Just to briefly list some of the tracks on this album would be difficult. There's Chuck Berry songs compressed down to 10 seconds or less (the Barely tracks), Dolly Parton singing a duet with a slowed-down version of herself (Pretender), the Kronos Quartet compared and contrasted with a generic heavy metal band (Mach), a mashup of the Carly Simon and Faster Pussycat renditions of "Vain" (Vane), a marathon of different singers and their renditions of the Phil Spector song "Ebb Tide" (Ebb), and many many more. It's extremely hard to describe half of these songs without making them sound like less than they are. It's popular music completely mutated into something completely above and beyond most anything pop music has to offer, and some of the tracks showcased were even ahead of their time (such as "Power," a combination of Led Zeppelin riffs and televangical ranting that could almost count as one of the first rap songs).
Augmenting the 62 tracks found in this collection is a comprehensive interview with John Oswald that gives key insight into most of the tracks on the discs: how they were made, what they were made for, the history of Plunderphonics, and much much more. Almost no stone is unturned, and some of the songs he mentions in passing that didn't make the cut for this set also serve to pique one's interest. Maybe another Plunderphonics box set will eventually see the light of day if we're lucky.
All told, this is an extremely well done and exceptionally brilliant package, and should be essential for fans of experimental music or to those who would like to know exactly what sort of possibilities sampling can hold as a medium in and of itself. I'd recommend getting this as soon as you can. While the copyright lawyers haven't made a fuss over this album yet, who knows when they might.
BUT ,when I first got the album of CDs ,.....my one CD player had a very hard time reading disc #2. You see in all the lust for an "art piece" the disc is made to start playing at something like track #50,and carry on from that number to "blow your mind" ,I'd guess, in an arty fashion. Sadly,some disc players refuse to start at such a high number and just sit there "hung-up" and computer stunned(I'd like to call it).I'd guess it blew more CD players minds? So,you just might not be able to play disc 2 in this set......or maybe you might? You have a better chance at it if you have a few players,and can give it a try in a bunch of 'em. Barring that "art" disaster.....this is a fine set of sounds from a master.
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