utorak, 4. ožujka 2014.

Ruth White - 7 Trumps From the Tarot Cards and Pinions (1969)

Pleistocenska elektro-okultna muzika za balet.

In 1967 White was commissioned by choreographer Eugene Loring (for the University of California) to create the music for a performance called “Seven Trumps From The Tarot Cards And Pinions.” Not only was the event a huge success, but it was something of a coming-out party for White. “The Los Angeles Times reviewed ‘Seven Trumps’ as ‘…a really exciting, organically musical, electronic score…Not only the soloists but all the participants seemed to draw heat from this score…’. Dance Magazine said ‘choreographed on contrasting planes, ‘Pinions’ comments on the wings of imagination and love, the shackles of philistinism, and always, Ruth White’s specially written and especially eloquent score heightens the drama of the dance while plumbing its depths…” Two years later, the score was released by Limelight. - www.swanfungus.com/

Necessary first ever vinyl reissue of Ruth White’s dark experimental electronic masterpiece ‘7 Trumps From The Tarot And Pinion’. Originally issued in 1969 on Limelight and now available in an edition of 500 copies through French label Black Mass Rising, who many of you will know were responsible for reissuing Ruth White’s ‘Flowers of Evil’. If you were fortunate enough to score a copy of that record, then make some space on the shelf for its evil twin. This is proper holy grail stuff for historical electronic music connoisseurs and in the current climate for darker strains of electronic music and fetish for horror soundtracks this really illustrated how it should be done - Some 45 years ago. - Norman Records

Flowers of Evil (1969)

Ruth White (b. 1925 Pittsburgh) is an American electronic music pioneer, most notably for her early explorations of sound using the moog synthesizer. According to the back cover of her 1971 release Short Circuits, “Ruth White is considered among today’s most gifted arbiters of what is termed ‘the new music’.” With a string of recordings in the mid 1960's/early 1970's - most notably “Seven Trumps From The Tarot Card And Pinions” (1968), “Flowers of Evil” (1969), and “Short Circuits” (1970) - featured surprising and new uses of the Moog Synthesizer as well as other pieces of electronic musical equipment. While her use of technology was the focal point in the late 1960's, most of her career was dedicated to educational recordings. - www.discogs.com/


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