Published Jan 23, 2012In 1981, American avant-garde composer Robert Turman released his first solo work in Flux. The self-released cassette has been well-loved but hard to find. Thankfully, it will see a reissue via Editions Mego offshoot Spectrum Spools later this winter.
As a press release explains, Flux was a left turn from the noisy work Turman had explored previously in his collaborations with Boyd Rice as NON. Here, "he set out to create long-form minimalism utilizing kalimba, piano, 'Mini-Pops Jr.' drum machine, and tape loops to create a complex bed of interweaving micro-stasis'. The results of these new experiments were as beautiful as they were perplexing."
The double LP version of Flux was remastered and cut from the original C-60 cassette master by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering. The press release explains that one can "hear the click of the stopping and starting Tascam 3340 open-reel tape machine as one hand presses the 'record' and 'play' buttons and the other plays piano phrases."
Spectrum Spools will issue Flux on February 14. The album can be pre-ordered here.
2. "Mu Shin"
4. "Slow Burning"
6. "Seventh Level"