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ARTIST
TITLE
Quantum
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
JBH 003CD JBH 003CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/14/2003

First issue of this archival recording, originally recorded in 1973. "This is not a reissue. This is the first Basil Kirchin recording released for thirty years. Format: CD and very limited vinyl (500 numbered copies) release. Although there hasn't been a Basil Kirchin release for over 30 years, his reputation is still intact as being one of the most innovative and influential composers of the late 20th Century. This release is possibly his finest hour. It's certainly his weirdest. His last releases, in 1971 and 1973 are both rare and highly influential. This is the man who discovered a new way of listening and a whole new sound --with his unique mixture of jazz and field recordings he became a key influence in the development of Brian Eno's famous ambient works, and also a major influence behind the industrial movement of the mid seventies, for bands like Nurse With Wound. However his influence does not stop in the seventies -- bands such as Broadcast are now citing Kirchin as an influence. Constructed in the early 70s, Quantum was spliced together by Basil using jazz, field recordings (animals, insects. trains), his wife and autistic children. Artists involved include the hugely important Evan Parker, Darryl Runswick, Kenny Wheeler and Graham Lyons. The result is a very different and occasionally harrowing journey through sound. Beautiful and often extraordinarily dark, imagine an early 1970s version of the Aphex Twin mixed with a bit of Bjork."