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 Suzanne Ciani: previously unreleased Buchla album from '69

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:18 pm    Suzanne Ciani: previously unreleased Buchla album from '69 Reply with quoteBack to top

Suzanne Ciani "Flowers of Evil" LP

All too often, the history of avant-garde and experimental music has been authored to reflect a hyper-masculine point of view - obscuring the truth, and with it, the remarkable innovations and contributions made by woman from across the globe. Fortunately, through reissues and processes of reappraisal, this has begun to change, allowing seminal artists like Éliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros, Laurie Spiegel, Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Annea Lockwood, Christina Kubisch and many others, to take centre stage - finally celebrated for their groundbreaking work.

Among the most important of these is Suzanne Ciani a figure who, from the 1960s on, has stood at the vanguard of electronic innovation, experimentation, and musical thought.

Widely celebrated for her ambient efforts during the 1980s, until recently, her early, radical works had remained almost entirely unheard. Luckily, this has begun to change, via Finders Keepers’ incredible, dedicated effort to the composer’s unissued, archival works. First there was Logo Presentation Reels 1985, followed by Buchla Concerts 1975, and Help, Help, The Globolinks!, entirely rewriting the broad understanding of her contributions and historical importance. Now, from Finders Keepers once again, we have yet another stunning LP from her archives - Flowers of Evil, created on her Buchla system in 1969, and never intended for commercial release.

Born in 1946, and classically trained on the piano, during the late 1960s Suzanne Ciani, following her meeting of Don Buchla, dove radically afield - first working on Buchla’s system at Mills College, studying acoustics, psychoacoustics, and computer music, and eventually becoming employed at the legendary San Francisco Tape Music Center, while she saved money to buy her own Buchla 200 - ultimately becoming the central tool in her practice for many years to come. Flowers of Evil, recorded in 1969, belongs to the creative explosion which occurred during these crucial years in the composer's career. In the spirit of cross-disciplinary practice, it joins the ranks of similar works by Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Serge Gainsbourg, Ruth White and many others who adapted the controversial prose of French poet Charles Baudelaire into a wild spectrum of sound. Offering an alternate and expanded understanding of the sonic innovations transpiring in San Francisco at the end of the 60s, Flowers of Evil, with the three other accompanying archival works which round out the rest of the LP, is a visionary expanse of sonic experimentation - spoken word and breath, met by the rich tonalities and structures released by Ciani and her Buchla - a vision of the cosmos, blended with a moody, throbbing and earthy.

Further info: www.soundohm.com/artist/13608/suzanne-ciani/

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:36 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Also available as a download on Bandcamp.

I listened to a few snippets and it seems to be only interesting from a historical point of view. Or for those who like to listen to endless blips and bleeps.

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« VCO1 » wrote:
Or for those who like to listen to endless blips and bleeps.


You mean masochists? Laughing

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A beautifully written tribute to one of the most important living (undervalued) female EM legends.

Thanks for the highlight, much appreciated!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:21 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« VCO1 » wrote:
(…) Or for those who like to listen to endless blips and bleeps.


COOL! Shocked BRING 'EM ON...! Laughing

...as opposed to: bring EM on. Razz Wink

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