• terry riley Music for the Gift (CD, £16.50)

    label: Elision Fields

    THIS CD BRINGS TOGETHER FOUR SEMINAL TAPE WORKS BY TERRY RILEY. THE GIFT MUSIC WAS PERFORMED IN PARIS 1963 BY CHET BAKER, WITH TAPE MANIPULATIONS BY RILEY - THE FIRST USE OF TAPE DELAY TO FRAGMENT, ATTENUATE AND RETURN TIME, LOOPING TAPE THROUGH TWO TAPE RECORDERS. THE GIFT RECORDINGS, REFERRED TO OFTEN BY SOFT MACHINE MEMBERS, IS THE PRECURSOR TO THE LANDMARK THAT LAUNCHED THE MINIMALIST MOVEMENT 'IN C'. BIRD OF PARADISE IS A RADICAL TAPE-MANIPULATION WORK, THE EARLISET KNOWN PLUNDERING THAT INSPIRED STEVE REICH'S 'IT'S GONNA RAIN'-ERA PHASE RECORDINGS. MESCALIN MIX IS A TAPE-LOOP RECORDING FROM 1960-'62, PARTLY INSPIRED BY RILEY'S EXPERIENCE WITH MESCALIN AND THE WORK HE DID WITH RICHARD MAXFIELD. FOR THIS RECORDING, THE TAPE-LOOPS EXTENDED OUT RILEY'S WINDOW TO A WINE BOTTLE SPINDLE IN THE YARD; IT WAS COMPOSED FOR CHOREOGRAPHER ANNA HALPRINÕS THE THREE-LEGGED STOOL. CONCERT FOR TWO PIANOS AND FIVE TAPE RECORDERS WAS RECORDED LIVE AT HERTZ HALL ON THE BERKELEY CAMPUS IN 1960 WITH A HUMOROUS BROADCAST NARRATIVE BY GLENN GLASOW DOING THE PLAY-BY-PLAY. IT WAS PERFORMED BY RILEY AND LA MONTE YOUNG. NEW ARTWORK FEATURES RECENTLY DISCOVERED PHOTOS OF THE 1963 PARIS PERFORMANCE OF THE GIFT WITH CHET BAKER


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