Boomkat Product Review:
Absolutely essential reissue here of sci-fi synth musick vanguard Mort Garson's 1970 opus "Didn't You Hear?". Most of y'all probably know Garson from the recently-reissued synth-n-succulents feast "Mother Earth's Plantasia" but tbh this one's even better. Billed as "The first completely electronically scored motion picture," the whole thing is something of a history lesson, but also slaps? Opening track features vocalist Tom Muncrief singing beautifully over Garson's charming Moog bleeps and while the record of the album is more bite-sized, with short, evocative jingles, loops and fx that remind of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop or Raymond Scott, it's all brilliant.
Anyone who has enjoyed the glut of dusty, bleepy, nostalgia-bath synth music that's filled digital shelves for the last decade or so owes it to themselves to dig into this one. There's a real feeling of exploration, joy and heart here that we reckon is missing from too much modular "experimental" music these days. Really, stick this on, light up and fall into a trance. Too much.
"Notable for being one of the earliest screen appearances by a young Gary Busey, Didn’t You Hear? also boasts one of the first-ever all-electronic movie scores. Though the score was first released in 1970, it sounds as adventurous and futuristic today as it must have then. Originally available only in the lobby of the theater at screenings of the movie in Seattle, the soundtrack LP went out of print shortly after the film’s release. It has been a sought-after record for collectors of Mort Garson and early electronic music ever since. Sacred Bones is honored to reissue Didn’t You Hear? as it was meant to be heard, taken from the original master tapes and given a pristine remaster by engineer Josh Bonati."