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Monday, October 1, 2012

Vol. 3: Found Objects - Arthur Custer

Found Objects No. 3 for Contrabass and Tape – Bertram Turetzky, Contrabass
Vol. 3: Found Objects
Arthur Custer
A Recorded Edition Of Serenus Corporation SRS 12045

Here is a sample from an obscure avant grade album I picked up today. Enjoy the sealed minty fresh goodness.

The cover art is a reproduction of an engraving by Roger Vieillard titled "La Musique et la Danse".

Link here for Arthur Custer's biography.

Excerpt from the back cover: Serenus asked me to provide some notes to accompany this recording of four of my "found objects" pieces, and as I undertake to express my thoughts I discovered that I have been hanging onto some ideas that I'd never put into words before, and that there were other subliminal thoughts of which I became conscious at the same time. – Found Objects No. 5: The second aspect has to do with the relationship of the performer to the audience. The performer is a "player" in the theatrical as well as the musical sense. Because "Sight Music" is for players (note the title) rather than the instrument, certain actions are called for which are at times primarily visual and therefore dramatic. It is a piece to see as well and hear, a piece to entertain, an "entertainment" whose purposeful irony derives from the confluence of serious intentions and playful results.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Astromusical House Of Libra

The Look Of Love
The Astromusical House Of Libra
Sign Of The Statesmen Or Manager
Astrological Series Volume 1
Producer: Paul Robinson
Designer: Donald Brooks
Coiffures by Paul Mitchel for Henri Bendel
Booklet The Astrological Series/Volume 1 by Carroll Righter
GWP Records
1007 Astro Stereo

A series of mood/easy listening LPs featuring Astrological Signs as the conceptual theme which is supported graphically by the work of popular fashion designers who dress the women posed for the cover art. Arranging credits are not to be found on the material.

Without A Song
What The World Needs Now Is Love
I Wish You Love (Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amours)
Love Theme Form "elvira Madigan"
I Say A Little Prayer
The Look Of Love
Love Theme From "Romeo And Juliet"
Young And Foolish 2:46
The Shadow Of Your Smile
A Man And A Woman
Here's That Rainy Day

The Moon And The Stars - Harry Arnold

Star Eyes
The Moon And The Stars
Harry Arnold And His Orchestra
Mercury Records 60088

From Billboard, August 17, 1959: Delightfully orchestrated and performed mood music, with tunes keyed to stars, moon and the celestial scene. The Arnold group features strings and woodwinds in a slow, languorous beat, similar to that heard on earlier Jackie Gleason albums. Attractive listening, well recorded with the only drawback being the lack of name power in the overly competitive mood field.

Yes, when I listened to this album, I also thought of Gleason's work in that the album features a "concept"which Gleason was so good at creating and above average arrangements.