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Holy 1 (1967)
Holy 2 (1967)
Charlemagne Palestine/Tony Conrad/Deborah Glaser Palestine/Robert Feldman
Alloy (Golden 1)
Originally released in 2000.
The Golden Research
is the name chosen for the complete documentation of previously unpublished works by
starting from the early 1960s to the mid-late 1970s. Such a huge project will include seminal collage and electronic music, Bell Studies, New York and California drones, piano drones as well as more specific compositions. All the recordings will be exclusively available through Alga Marghen. Be ready to change your own opinion about minimalism and music in general?
were both recorded in NYC in 1967. Charlemagne Palestine was listening to a lot of ethnic world music; he was also immersed in the late night New York soundscape, absorbing the spatial sound diversity and beauty that such a big city could only express very late at night. He also worked at night building up a sound, oscillator by oscillator; then adding tiny increments of white noise that would gradually make the sounds thicker and thicker until they were immense sacred machines humming like gargantuan Tibetan bees. The sounds were played very, very loud, making all the objects in the room resonate, while outside all was quiet and sleeping.
were done this way. Then, in 1969,
asked Charlemagne Palestine to make some carillon music for his film
. They were seeing each other regularly when the Free Music Store of radio station WBAI asked Palestine to create a piece for an event they were preparing to broadcast live on radio. So he asked Tony, his saxophonist
and his then-wife and soprano
to collaborate on a work that he would organize around an instrument that he invented at that time called an Alumonium. Tony Conrad played an instrument that he invented, the Long String Drone, that was a long string attached to a long wooden structure and amplified. Bob played the chimes and a conch. Deborah sang and played chimes and Charlemagne sang, also played the chimes and some percussion instruments that they found lying around the hall where they played. The piece became
and the sound used as an all-electronic background continuum, played through loudspeakers in the hall, were
from 1968. Digipak CD edition with folded insert and liner notes.
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