Various An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music #7: Seventh and Last a-Chronology 1930-2012

Various An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music #7: Seventh and Last a-Chronology 1930-2012
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Slated as the final volume in Sub Rosa's long-running, much-lauded series, An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music #7 collects 39 additional rare and unreleased pieces, focusing on electronic experiments, tape loop manipulations and works of musique concrète. Although the anthology contains just a handful of known names (Henry Cow, Justin K. Broadrick and John Oswald), the compilation focuses more on the performance and process than the artist. With tracks ranging from instructional pieces, such as Henry Jacobs' "Sonata for Loudspeakers," to sound and voice reimaginings, like Luciano Berio's "Thema (Omaggio a Joyce)," to modern noise deconstructions (Gustavo Serpa Astro's "Metal"), everything on An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music #7 has been included for its notable and/or fascinating foundations. Not as downright fun as Rough Trade Shops' Electronic 01 comp and much more essential than Irdial's The Conet Project, Sub Rosa deserves to be celebrated as the Smithsonian Folkways of avant-garde with these seven releases. (Sub Rosa)