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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
1969

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
GWP Records - 1007 Astro
1969

Here's another sample from the quirky "Astromusical" series. Also see House of Virgo and House Of Taurus.

The gown the model is wearing is credited to designer Donald Brooks. The "coiffures", by Paul Mitchel for Henri Bendel. I point this out because the models and gowns are branding for the series. I also point this out because it seems odd to credit these folks and NOT the arranger.

Once again the jacket is a gate-fold affair featuring a multi-page insert containing the typical "astrological" copy filler for the sign, Libra.

As you can tell from the sample, the music is a trippy blend of easy and light pop spiced with a touch of "soprano" on some tracks.

The Moon And The Stars - Harry Arnold

Star Eyes
The Moon And The Stars
Harry Arnold And His Orchestra
Mercury Records 60088
1959

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.