• bernard szajner Some Deaths Take Forever (CD, £10.95)

    label: Boutique

    Boutique presents the second in a series of expanded CD reissues by visionary French electronic composer Bernard Szajner. Originally released in late 1980, Some Deaths Take Forever is a deeply emotional, sometimes disturbing musical account of the feelings of a prisoner on death row, conceived as the soundtrack to a short film by Amnesty International. The album mixes dark, angular and unnerving electronic textures with dynamic rock arrangements, guest musicians including Bernard Paganotti of Magma. The expanded 60 minute CD features three previously unreleased bonus tracks, recorded in 1982. Bernard Szajner biography: Born in Grenoble in 1944, Szajner first made his name as a lighting and visual effects designer for Magma, Gong and the Who. Having invented new instruments such as the laser harp, Szajner began to record experimental, conceptual albums of his own, including Visions of Dune (1979), Some Deaths Take Forever (1980), Superficial Music (1981) and Brute Reason (1983). He has also recorded as Zed, and was one half of The (Hypothetical) Prophets. Since the mid 80s, polymath Szajner has worked as a painter, film maker and theatre director.

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