Current Update - March 2014
L'ENSEMBL'ENSEMBLE VOLTA, TRISTAN MURAIL: Nuages de Magellan.
Our third collection featuring the ondes Martenot and the most experimental, in part because the Spectralist composer Tristan Murail, to whom this CD is dedicated, was himself a student of - and performer on - the ondes and, in these pieces, he explores some of its ... more »
ONDE OFFER: Nuages, Serimpie and Messiaen et Autour de Messiaen
ReROM1: Messiaen et autour de Messiaen, ReRV1: Nuages and ReROM2: Serimpie for £25.50... more »
LAST ReR RELEASES
THE NECKS: Open.
The Necks’ 11th ReR release is a new studio work that finds the group back on the territory for which it is best known: a single long-form piece that glacially mutates… each moment suspended but somehow still in motion. It’s a hard trick to pull off but here, in th... more »
CUSACK, PETER: Favourite Sounds of Berlin.
A beautifully realised sound homage to the city of Berlin, presenting its signature sounds, exquisitely recorded, in a carefully documented and evocatively designed package. There’s not a lot more to say; This does exactly what it says on the cover. ... more »
AREVALOS, MATTEO RAMON/PERRAULT, BRUNO: Serimpie - Works for piano and Ondes Martenot
This companion to our Messiaen et Autours de Messiaen collects together another classic group of works for Onde Martenot and piano, this time by Darius Milhaud, Andre Jolivet, Arvo Part, Kazuo Fukushima and Francisco Semprun, collected together here for the first ti... more »
CASSIBER: The CASSIBER box. 6 CDs, 1 DVD and Book.
n 1982 Cassiber (phonetically: ‘a message smuggled out of prison’) crashed like a locomotive into the Deutsche Neue Welle. Founded by Heiner Goebbels, Alfred Harth, Christoph Anders and Chris Cutler, Cassiber managed to fuse materials and attitudes drawn from experi... more »
THE CASSIBER BOX minus THE WAY IT WAS
For those who bought the pre-release The Way it Was and don’t want a second copy (the box version is differently packaged) the box without it is yours for £60 ... more »
MENTER, WILL: Always Sound. (Book + 3 CDs).
A 200 page book of photographs, texts and documents, including three CDs, drawn from the soundworks but recomposed as three related but internally coherent compositions. A contemporary of Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy, Menter is one of a handful of sound ... more »
THE BAD BOYS: Out of their Heads aka Graphic Instruction Process.(Download Only)
Contemporary works for Piano, Cello, Classical Percussion, Electronics and Electric Guitar by the Bad Boys: Daan Vandewalle, Arne Deforce, Chris Cutler and Jean-Marc Monetera. These pieces were recorded at various European festivals over the last five years and are ... more »
ROBERT WYATT: '68
Four demos made by Robert in 1968: Brian Hopper’s Slow Walkin' Talk, some proto Matching Mole materials, what in the next two years would become Side 1 of Soft Machine II, and Moon In June. You can hear his brain working in this sketchbook format in where he is main... more »
CONSIDERABLY FIURTHER BEYOND THE SEA: The Avant Garde Surf Music Compilation.
Tireless champion of the guitar instrumental, Alan Jenkins, ups the stakes here with this definitive set of recordings wrapping up 60 years of bands, electric guitars, recording studios and musical intelligence, before taking them home to heat up in his microwave. T... more »
THE CAPYBARAS: Stropicalia.
The Capybaras are back with 12 new songs penned mostly by their leader and heart-throb Bing Selfish – still grouching about his runaway success at the golden globes – but in fine fettle, obviously - that stroppy in the title isn’t just a spelling aberration. In othe... more »
JULIE TIPPETTS & MARTIN ARCHER: Serpentine.
Unusual by any standards, this is a collection of extended songs in very open form. Nothing is standard; the instrumentation is customised for each song and mixes electronic, processed, acoustic and mechanical means in a far from obvious way. There’s an admirable cl... more »
ELODIE LAUTEN: The Death of Don Juan.
A largely forgotten, minimal, but not remotely obvious, classic by the French composer and long-time New Yorker, Elodie Lauten. Billed as an opera in 2 acts although there is virtually no singing in it – and such as there is fragmented and delivered by normal, rathe... more »
IANNIS XENAKIS: Ensemble Works 3.
13th Volume in this Xenakis Edition which includes the completely stunning Palimpsest, for piano & ensemble, Echange, for bass-clarinet & ensemble, Akanthos, for soprano & ensemble, a very solid Thalleïn (for 16 instruments) and the rock and roll O-Mega for percussi... more »
JEAN DUBUFFET & ILHAN MIRAMOGLU: Coucou Bazar (Dbl CD).
A fascinating release that presents two scores for Jean Dubuffet’s animated painting spectacle Coucou Bazar. The first, realised in the now legendary Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Centre in 1973 by the truly great Turkish composer Ilhan Miramoglu. is a classic... more »
AN ANTHOLOGY OF NOISE & ELECTRONIC MUSIC VOL.7 (triple CD).
Last in this critical series of sweeps through 94 years of noise and electronic pioneering. In this volume are Henry JACOBS, Dziga VERTOV, Bebe & Louis BARRON, Luciano BERIO, Bulent AREL, Don PRESTON, Benjamin THOGPEN, Helmut SCHAFER, Slawek KWI, Siobhan McDONALD, T... more »
HELMUT LACHENMANN: The String Quartets.
As a master of the art of coaxing the most exotic and unexpected sounds from perfectly harmless instruments by way of lateral thinking and extended techniques, Helmut Lachenmann’s game is always worth the candle. There are three classic pieces here, performed by the... more »
TIM HODGKINSON: Onsets.
5 pieces performed by the Hyperion Ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, the Bergersen Quartet and, on two pieces, Tim himself. Electronic sounds also feature in three titles. These are well recorded, clearly defined, works that make each sound count. And sounds are the story of t... more »
IVAR MIKHASHOFF: Panorama of American Piano Music: From Antheil to Zappa, 1911-1991 (4 CD set).
Leo ORNSTEIN, Percy GRAINGER, Henry COWELL, Igor STRAVINSKY, George ANTHEIL, George GERSHWIN, Ernest BLOCH, Dane RUDHYAR, Henry BRANT, Ruth CRAWFORD SEEGER, Conlon NANCARROW, Edward Elzar CONFREY, Wallingford RIEGGER, Paul BOWLES, John CAGE, Otto LUENING, Roger SE... more »
Another scattering of old vinyl for collectors, a Reel Records Sale and a Peter Blegvad Special Offer
TRAD DADS, DIRTY BOPPERS and FREE FUSIONEERS. BRITISH JAZZ 1960-1975
A curious but immensely valuable collection of very rare and previously unreleased recordings of some of the key figures in the peculiarly British dialect of pushing-at-the-fringe jazz, generally overlooked behind the racket of the beat explosion between 1961 and 19... more »
FITZGERALD, GERRY & LOL COXHILL: Echoes of Duneden
A record complied from many beautifully recorded performances in Edinburgh in 1975, edited and mastered by Gerry and then rejected by Virgin - after which it lay around until picked up, luckily, by Reel. Gerry, a remarkable guitarist, is virtually undocumented; his ... more »
G.F. FITZGERALD & LOL COXHILL: The Poppy Seed Affair (2CD and DVD set)
Numbered, Limited Edition of 500 copies. The 30 minute mini-feature film that forms the centre of this release was made in1981 by ‘60’s/70s zeitgeist troublemakers Ian Hinchcliffe, Jeff Nuttall, Mark Long, Gerry FitzGerald, Lol Coxhill & Foxy. The soundtrack was t... more »
AYERS, KEVIN and The WHOLE WORLD: Hyde Park Free Concert
Summer 1970 and a great band that drew in Lol Coxhill (national treasure), David Bedford (enfant terrible), Mike Oldfield (wildly over-qualified bass-player) and both Robert Wyatt and bandleader Kevin Ayers (respectively current and ex Soft Machiners). Someone recor... more »
BACK IN STOCK
The first release by the Blegvad Trio (Peter Blegvad, John Greaves, Chris Cutler). Compiled over two years without the pressure of Peter's major label releases, giving time for the songs and for Peter's singing to speak for themselves. Widely diverse in style, with... more »
BIOTA: Object Holder
Stunning work that breaks new ground; an extraordinary achievement that was 3 years in the making and rewrote lot of rules in passing. With texts and singing by the inimitable Susanne Lewis, the CD also features contributions from Charles Vrtacek (Piano), Andy Kredt... more »
WHEN: Black, White and Grey
A complete new work plus 'Death In The Blue Lake'. Combines playing and through-composition with manipulated and environmental sound in dramatic, narrative, psychological constructions. Quite unique. 'Death' based on a novel; texts in new works by Chris Cutler. Book... more »
SLAPP HAPPY: Acnalbasac Noom
The classic original, version recorded at the legendary Wümme studios using Faust as the house band, later, re-recorded with other musicians and different arrangements as 'Slaphappy or Slaphappy' for Virgin Records. Also includes the legendary 'Charlie and Cha... more »
ROSE, JON: Violin Music for Restaurants
'Violin', a Radio work based on Jo 'Doc' Rosenberg's 'BOO' theory - songlines applied to restaurant tables. Includes theatre, noise, golden 4th dimension standards, vox humana and help from Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Alvin Curran, Luc Houtkamp, Joelle Leandre,... more »
MASSACRE: Killing Time
Another legendary release. Fred's first full-on group after Henry Cow - following soon after his move to America - was a power trio with Bill Laswell (bass) and Fred Maher (drums), both from Giorgio Gomelsky's house band Zu - later to become Material. Massacre was l... more »
ZNR: Barricades 3
The legendary first LP reissued. One of the more extraordinary groups of all time; bizarre, minimal, Satiesque, Les Six and Brasilian echoes; clear as crystal, completely impenetrable, innocent and ironic. There never was before, nor has been ever again anything qui... more »
CUTLER, CHRIS/FRITH, FRED: Live in Trondheim etc
Digital recordings from the Nordlydd Contemporary Music Festival and Berlin's Tacheles from 1991. Plus the historic prescient noise-music 1978 analogue recording from Limoges as a bonus. All singing, all dancing, all hell let loose. Float like a butterfly, sting lik... more »
MORE NEW STUFF - HOW TO BUILD A LIBRARYFrom each update I will select those CDs I think most remarkable or important - those which I think should be in any living library - and offer a discount for anyone buying them all. There will be 2 categories must have and essential history. Offers will be available for either or both together. If you find this essential library idea useful, I will slowly work backwards and compile a list from the whole catalogue.
This update's must have
- ELODIE LAUTEN: The Death of Don Juan
- JEAN DUBUFFET AND ILHAN MIRAMOGLU: Coucou Bazar
- CONSIDERABLY FURTHER BEYOND THE SEA: The Avant Garde Surf Music Compilation
and history titles
- TRAD DADS, DIRTY BOPPERS & FREE FUSIONEERS British Jazz 1960-1975
- IVAR MIKHASHOFF: Panorama of American Piano Music: from Antheil to Zappa 1911-1991
- HELMUT LACHENMANN: The String Quartets
THIS UPDATE'S MUST HAVE
1. ELODIE LAUTEN: The death of Don Juan. 2. JEAN DUBUFFET and ILHAN MIRAMOGLU: Coucou Bazar (double CD) 3. CONSIDERABLY FURTHER BEYOND THE SEA: The Avant Garde Surf Music Compilation.... more »
THIS UPDATE'S ESSENTIAL HISTORY
1. TRAD DADS, DIRTY BOPPERS, & FREE FUSIONEERS: British Jazz 1960-1975 2. IVAR MIKHASHOFF: Panorama of American Piano Music: From Antheil to Zappa 1911-1991 (4 CD set). 3. HELMUT LACHENMANN: The String Quartets £43, save £7.50 ... more »