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ARTIST
TITLE
Lumière
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
SR 327LP SR 327LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
7/5/2011

LP version. This real masterpiece of concrète and synthesized music hasn't been available since its original manufacture in 1973, originally released by Varèse International Records. Dub Taylor is a U.S. composer, producer, engineer and designer born June 22, 1948 in Burbank, California. He has many creative facets: recording and mastering engineer, record producer as well as composer, graphic designer and visual artist. He has studied with pianist Richard Bunger and composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. "Lumière evolved over a period of three years from 1969 to 1972. I started by recording random sounds: jets taking off at LAX, my girlfriend laughing and screaming, my cat Bartok biting a microphone, conversations, etc. I also sampled music, film soundtracks and TV and radio broadcasts. During this period I acquired the first self-contained portable synthesizer, the newly-designed ARP 2600. I began to envision an electronic and musique concrète piece combining various natural and processed sound recordings with synthesized sound into a suite of noise. In June of 1972, I did a preliminary version of elements of the piece. By October I was ready to put it all together. I set up all these reel-to-reel machines with tapes I had pre-recorded and plugged them into a mixing board, feeding stereo to a two-track master 15 IPS Revox A77 tape deck. My idea was to create a sound collage with form but without losing spontaneity and an element of randomness. So I rehearsed my fade-ins and fade-outs and the starting and stopping of the various playback decks and when I was ready I went for it, "playing" all these machines like a musical instrument in this mad moment of creation. In effect, Lumière was a "live" performance. The only later additions were the silence gaps inserted near the end of the piece using pieces of blank leader tape." --Dub Taylor