Boomkat Product Review:
Amazing avant-garde/computer music unearthed by Unseen Worlds, who were behind Laurie Spiegel's brilliant 'The Expanding Universe' collection. This is totally blowing our tiny minds right now; a breathtaking suite of unclassified but life-affirming electronic music for Buchla, Publison, Macintosh and Turntables by American composer Carl Stone, mostly previously unpublished, this is only his 2nd vinyl release since 1983! Strongly tipped to fans of Steve Reich, Julia Holter, Robert Ashley, The Automatics Group, Pinkcourtesyphone.
A student of composition under Morton Subotnick and James Tenney at CalArts, Stone has exclusively produced electro-acoustic music since 1972, mostly issued on CD by academic-leaning labels until now, as Unseen Worlds fulfil their role in facilitating “quality editions of unheralded and revolutionary, yet accessible, avant garde music” with this truly revelatory compilation.
It lights up our pleasure centres like a quid in a fruit machine, using a palette of eastern-tuned scales, processed vocals and pop samples to conjure a majorly playful array of idiosyncratic, angular and intriguing arrangements that resonate with Robert Ashley’s mercurial cut-ups as much as The Automatics Group’s incisive dance pop detournements and the proto-glitch music of Nicolas Collins.
It’s all totally new to us and feels like somebody just opened a big skylight onto our listening lives, flooding us with new sensations between the baroque computer music of Sukhothai (1977) and the wormholing drone of Chao Praya (1973), taking in the soothingly ethereal Shing Kee (1986) and strobing structure of Don II Jang (1982), along with the haunting nocturnal transition of Kuk Il Kwan (1981) to lay out whole new worlds before your ears.
We’ll zip it now, but trust us; this is a total blinder. Not to be missed by anyone with a taste for innovative electronic music of the rarest order.