are experimenting with unknown substances like Far Eastern percussion, distorted guitars, sitar twitching and shaman singing for almost ten years now. Although this sounds like the foursome from Brooklyn are making difficult-to-access drone rock, they unintentionally create some new form of tranced-out dance music.
TW: This was on the last time it happened.
TW: «Run Shaker Life». Or the version by Royal Trux.
JST: Off the Styrax Records compilation. Total pedal musik.
BT: The desert silence is perfect.
BT: Great for the highway – steady and hypnotizing. The car drives itself. The effect is not unlike a Bach fugue or one of Satie's Gymnopédies, though Schnitzler's technique is less academic and far more organic in design and execution. Because Schnitzler originally intended «Bis die Blaue Blume Blüht» to be played at both 33 and 45 rpm on the initial LP release, the 45 version is also included as a bonus track. The whole LP «Grün» is quite simply an amazing tour-de-force of the possibilities of the architecture of electronic sound and is a must for anyone interested in the development of electronica.
BT: Khan was perhaps single handedly responsible for making the shehnai ( a tube-like instrument) a famous classical instrument. He brought the shehnai to the center stage of Indian music with his concert in the Calcutta All India Music Conference in 1937. He was credited with having almost monopoly over the instrument as he and the shehnai are almost synonyms. You can alos hear a shehnai on The Rolling Stones’ «Street Fighting Man».
BT: There’s a melancholy hope in his melodies that’s analogous to how I feel in airplanes/airports.
JST: Ghostly drums.
TW: It’s the first track off Coil’s album under the alias Time Machine. It consists of 4 tracks which are composed of a single tone, called a drone. Each tone represents a certain hallucinogenic chemical (see track titles). It is similar to Brian Eno's early ambient albums, but more functional in that, instead of creating an atmosphere of calm, it facilitates time travel, according to band founder John Balance. Each tone was tested and retested in the studio for maximum narcotic potency. John Balance described the album as an attempt to «dissolve time»
TW: «Offering To The Saviour Gompo» off «Tibetian Ritual Music» on Lyrichord, performed by Buddhist Lamas and Monks of the Four Great Orders. It’s featured in the movie «Pillow Book» by Peter Greenaway.
BT: Off his album «Hommage To Africa».