Review: An LP which features music by originally recorded in 1969 by BBC Radiophonic Workshop members such as the late Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson and the American born composer David Vorhaus: who later formed as the experimental electronic band White Noise. It was released by the Standard Music Library label, set up in 1968 by Bucks Music and London Weekend Television who also supplied production music for use in TV, commercials, radio and film. Many of these tracks were also used in the 1960's cult TV show 'The Tomorrow People' and each one has a short description of the music after the track title. Derbyshire and Hodgson assumed pseudonyms in the credits: Li de la Russe & Nikki St. George respectively. Two of the tracks are co-written by the pair, who also worked together on Unit Delta Plus: an organisation and studio project which was extensively involved in the promotion and exploration of electronic music at the time. Legendary stuff!
Review: There's been much talk about this special Record Store Day release, and it's easy to see why. For starters, it comes from noted British sculptor Anthony Gormley, an artist most famous for his epic public piece the Angel of the North. Sounds of the Studio, his first audio work, has been trailed as a "teleportational sound portrait of Gormley's cathedral-like studio". In other words, it's an evocative snapshot of his working environment, mixing high-grade field recordings (Chris Watson would be proud) with elements of music concrete. Expect to hear Gormley banging bits of metal, getting busy with various high-grade power tools and generally proving is industrial mettle (sorry).
Review: Svart Records continues the Eero Koivistoinen reissue program with yet another rare album by the artists, this particular one from 1971. With Vesa-Matti Loiri, Seija Simola and Eero Raittinen on vocals. Koivistoinen's children's music album entitled Muusa ja Ruusa was based on the poems of Kirsi Kunnas and released by the book publishing company WSOY. Although some of these songs were revisited in the 2000s on the album Ville ja Valle, the original has never been reissued in any format. The moods on this recently unearthed album is best described by the label, who claim it sounds like 'pastoral calm to the psychedelic bubbling of witches' cauldrons. This is music to boil frogs to.' And that's pretty spot on, we agree!
Review: Perspective: Raymond Scott create these albums in 1962 when he was in his mid 50s. Even to this day they sound relevant and entirely futuristic. A true electronic pioneer, he was generations before his time... And was clearly on a mission to influence future generations about electronic music from the earliest age possible with the Soothing Sounds For Babies albums. Dubby, loopy, clever, detailed and spacious - we're not sure whether they were scientifically proven to soothe babbers (some of the more intense loops are way too stimulating) but they definitely soften our souls. A unique moment in electronic music history.
Review: Jazz-man Greg Foat has always been more open-minded and eclectic than many give him credit for, delivering nods to pastoral folk, movie soundtracks and library music amongst his more jazz-focused output. Even so, "Photosynthesis" is still a curveball, featuring as it does drowsy and mostly leisurely soundscapes that move from Radiophonic Workshop influenced weird-outs and mutant lounge music, to stoned horizontal grooves and post trip-hop soundscapes. Interestingly, some of the album's standout moments come laden with woozy electric pianos and the kind of hazy, slow motion guitar motifs that evoke mental images of long, drawn-out sunsets.