AUDIO ARM #2 CASSETTE MAGAZINE
WELCOME TO AUDIO ARM CASSETTE MAGAZINE. A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT B ANOTHER ROOM MAGAZINE AND A.R.P.H. TAPES THAT ALLOWS YOU TO READ ABOUT AND LISTEN TO SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING AND CONTEMPORARY AURAL GRAPHICS BEING PRODUCED TODAY. THE FOLLOWING TEXT IS THE VISUAL PORTION OF AUDIO ARM #2. IT ALSO SERVES AS A PROGRAM TO THE MATERIAL FOUND ON THE OTHER PART OF AUDIO ARM #2, THE CASSETTE. LOOK AND LISTEN!
SIDE A 1. MACLEOD SOUND LABORATORIES Demonstration #3, 4'20"
In the heart of silicon valley, Macleod Sound laboratories (MSL) have been experimenting with non-musical sampled sounds for twenty-three months. The organizing principles of our compositions borrow from Rap and Scratch, Indonesian gamalon, contemporary minimalist composers (Steve Reich and Philip Glass) and indigenous world folk music. MSL blends these influences with microprocessors, digit delays and lots of floppy discs. Our biggest conceptual influence is our Grandad and Dad, founders of Macleod Laboratories (ML), two hard-core D.I.Y.-indie inventors who produced a wide variety of hybrids from the Cornflake to the underwater walkie-talkie. Thank you William, thank you Norman. M.S.L., 1142 Revere Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, (408) 730-4557
3. BIG CITY ORCHESTRA Child Abuse 4'38"
Big City Orchestra is an ameba that expands and grows to fit both the material and the members it contains. At times a real orchestra, at other times a two-man band. Big City Orchestra has a life of its own. It sounds like a concept band--doesn't it? Well, sort of...BCO does not sit back on any politically correct hocks or laurels. A skin every time. You'd think we'd run out or at least get thin-skinned. This could go one, or it could stop. Don't think about it, just do it. Could you do it? Could you just listen? Child Abuse was taken from BCO's newly released cassette album "A.R.P.H., A.R.P.H., A.R.P.H." on the A.R.P.H. label, of course. For personal correspondence write: BCO, 602 Chestnut #1, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
4. START Out There In The Dark 7'05"
START consists of three members working separately in living rooms scattered around San Francisco where we spend most of our time taking material from television and radio, the balance not answering each others' phone calls. We are interested in the rearrangement of sounds encountered in the contemporary city. We are particularly interested in capturing and reordering voices in old movies, call-in talk shows and so forth. We edit these voices to create rhythms and repetitions which we believe reveal the importance of ritual and magical belief in our culture. In the process of the pomposity and self-importance of this cultural detritus we hope to make people laugh at it -- causing it to perhaps lose the power it has on our lives. START are Tom Burton, Andy Foley, and Larry Francis. Correspondence: 340 Hayes Street, #301, San Francisco, CA 94102 USA.
Side B 1. VISCERA "Red Houses", 5'35" "This is not about a dream; it is based on a real life occurrence." Viscera (Deborah Jaffe and Hal McGee) have released three cassettes. In A Foreign Film 9/83, A Whole Universe Of Horror Movies 5/84, and Who Is This One 9/84 which is where Red Houses came from. Also available are solo projects Dog As Masters 2/85 by McGee and Master/Slave Relationship 2/85 by Jaffe with drummer Mark McGee, write: 5015 1/2, N. Winthrop, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA ...
4. IO XAVIER Ph.D. 5'53" Io Xavier asks the musical question: "What is it makes a body human?"
It dreamed to me that an old man in a white robe leads me through a dim, cavernous place; above the stars glow faintly as if the black air would smother them. It is as if it were a huge domed stage set for some dark, oppressive opera. Just ahead there are tall, thick candles, burning impossibly bright; the flames are an intensely cold blue-white and do not flicker. The air is dead and still. We are at the silent shore of Styx. All around are large cairns of smooth, soft clay which glisten dully in the ethereal light. Each cairn is hollow, and inside there are white-robed mourners in circles, bending over something which I cannot see. Set into each cairn are circular bronze plaques, each bearing a strange rune. The old man bends down and slides open a drawer at the base of one of the funeral mounds. Inside the drawer are stacks of brittle human bones. He takes them and begins to eat, as if crunching some forlorn candy. He looks at me as if to say "What's your trouble: food is food" and says: "What is it makes a body human?"
Ph.D. is an excerpt from a soundtrack by Io Xavier for a 1/2 hour documentary on the controversial subject of animal rights entitled Slaughter of the Innocents produced by S.U.P.P.R.E.S.S., directed and edited by Matthew Causey. Look for Io's original motion picture soundtrack album Radio World (another film by M. Causey) on Do Speak Records, 4188 Greenwood #15, Oakland, CA 94602. Personal Correspondence: P.O. Box 977, Berkeley, CA 94701
5. P.G.R. Remembrance of 6'18"
The P.G.R. project (Kim Cascone, Clark Crump, Dine Forbate) was formed out of need to expose and abolish, through personal research and action, what we feel are poisons in our lives. Using traditional electronics, found sound and instruments; we want to invoke the potential of the human spirit to overcome outer world suppression through inner development, (ie: Magick, Situationalism).
We are presently recording an album of musique concrete, and dream-ritual improvisations.
P.G.R., 540 Alabama St. #310, San Francisco, CA 94110
Typed by Cheryl Vega 7-11-95