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The rarest treat for your lug ‘oles, The Glass World of Annea Lockwood is a hugely innovative and immersive study in the complex resonant musical properties of glass in its myriad forms.
A number of tracks from the LP previously featured on EM Records’ Annea Lockwood retrospective Early Works, 1967-1982, but this LP forms their first time vinyl reissue, and it’s a total pleasure to receive the music in context of its original format - made even better, canny, thanks to a crystal clear vinyl pressing.
An exercise in focussed listening as the result of filigree tactility, Annea Lockwood’s début introduced a vitally perceptive new spririt to the avant-garde upon its release in 1970 via Mike Steyn’s South African label, Tangent Records. In a similar way to, or even pre-echoing Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient recordings of metal rods, Annea’s material recordings are necessarily scientific, but serve to render a spectrum of sounds as Ur/un-earthly as anything made on synthesisers prior to or during that era of intrepid sound exploration.
With her first release Annea strove to “entice people into really listening intensively”, and does so with transfixing effect, activating wired glass, glass discs, chunks of green cullet glass, glass tubing, sheets of micro-glass and glass jars to generate totally beguiling sounds; from brittle pointillism to refracted glissandi. In getting as close as possible to the material, Annea gives voice to his hidden nature, stimulating its fine graded hyaline structures in order to make its atoms sing like audible alien animalicula.