Variations 3 - A London Compilation

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A third and final collection of lesser known & infrequently recorded artists living in London. Considering its size, London is not well recognised as a centre for experimental and electronic music (at least not since the early 80's). Additionally there is virtually no funding or support for this kind of music from within the system. Consequently many composers and musicians who can fit in, work outside of the UK. Naturally enough there are many diverse artists in London that carry on their work in isolation, both at home and within a great many unsupported clubs and venues. This CD covers my own personal favorite discoveries and rediscoveries since the release of Variations 2 in 1997.

credits

released January 1, 1999

SYNGEN BROWN
These 3 short pieces are the first releases by Syngen Brown. All the music is made using second generation sound sources in addition to his own environmental recordings.

WITS
This is another debut. Wits are 4 women (Viv D. Corringham, voice, electronics; Sophia Lycouris, movement; Ashleigh Marsh, keyboards, percussion; Gina Southgate, bric a brac), who specialise in live work. Along with their use of conventional instruments (voice, electronics, keyboards and percussion), and a dancer, they also fill the stage space with a huge supply of everyday objects that are noisily explored and unravelled as an integral part of their audio-visual performances.

PHIL DURRANT
is best known as an improviser. Mostly he plays violin in various ensembles and has featured on CD's with other improvisers including John Butcher, Chris Burn, John Russell, Thomas Lehn etc. He also works with analogue electronics, most recently with electronic improvisers MIMEO. This piece was composed for a production of Salomé given at St Pancras Chambers by the Seven Sisters Group and uses analogue electronics.

VOLTAGE
are (Moshi Honen, guitar; Sharon Gal, voice, bass, toys; Dennis Austin, drums, percussion). This is an edited version of a live performance given at 'The Klinker', one of London's longest running clubs for experimental music, film and poetry. This is their first available recording as Voltage, although 2 of the members appear on Mouthcrazy's 'Open/open wide' on Ass Run Vol.4.

CLIVE GRAHAM
This recording is made from a variety of old half inch and quarter inch tapes that I have had lying around for quite some time. The last 5 minutes of this piece was previously issued on the Wire magazine's subscription only CD 'the Wire tapper 4' in August 1999.

ANDREW KING
is one of the few young members of the Traditional Song Forum, who specialise in the furtherance of traditional folk music within the British isles. He has previously released a CD of songs called 'The Bitter Harvest' (available via World Serpent), that dwelt on the darker and less joyous stories within the folk tradition. This piece is from an American source and dates from the late 19th century and is for voice and harmonium. Recorded at Retina Studios, September 1999.

AQUILES PANTELEAO
is a Brazilian born composer who is completing his PhD in electroacoustic music at City University. In 1998 this piece was awarded a distinction at the Ars Electronica music competition in Linz.

BOB COBBING
3 pieces from this senior member of the poetry and sound poetry scene, the earliest of these pieces dates from 1964. All 3 pieces were recorded at a reading given at the Lewisham Arthouse on 9.1.99.

HASTINGS OF MALAWI
are (John Grieve, Dave Hodes, Heman Pathak). This extract was taken direct from the LP 'Vibrant stapler obscures characteristic growth' that came out in 1980. Most of the original 1000 copies were eventually destroyed, with around 300 copies that were actually sold. Most of the sales would have been through the United Dairies mail order list, who were probably their only outlet. All members of this group were involved one way or another in the very earliest Nurse With Wound records.

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