Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Clock DVA ‎– "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (Self-released C-30) 1978

This was apparently the first Tape made by Adi Newton/Clock DVA,although never really released as such.
The music concrete/non-music, behind this rather limp looking breast clock (not at all sexist?), consists of the audio soundtrack of video nasty/schlock Horror classic,"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre",chopped up and fed back to us as an avant garde sound collage.
This is the kind of stuff one made back in the late seventies when you couldn't afford any instruments like proper Punk Rock groups,so you tried to do a W.S.Burrroughs tape experiment. I remember doing something similar with the soundtrack to "This Island Earth" which gave me many a self-indulgent thrill, and thats where it should stay. Maybe why this was a private release only.
Having said that, there is a strange quality about a disembodied audio track removed from its normal environment, and forced to stand on its own; independent of the images that give it some sense.
I've spent many sad hours listening to the audio track of "Plan Nine from Outer Space" and the Star Trek episode with the space hippies in it; "The Way to Eden".
 (ps, if anyone’s interested I have all the Songs from that episode digitally remastered and ready to share? Click the picture of Adam saying "Thats Real Now!" to download em, do you reach me Herbert?).
http://ubuntuone.com/50UrBdJ3Bu31VaQVuegoSb

Spock jams with a soapy hippie playing a bicycle wheel!?

Adam whips out his electric...er....Sword!?

And it really is a kind of cheap avant garde experience that is quite transcendental,almost drug like:
(pps, "Faster Pussycat Kill Kill!" is pretty good too!)

"Pass me the Night Nurse Susan!"

Track Listing:

1. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (30:51)

DOWNLOAD this audio nasty HERE!


13 comments:

ROOKSBY said...

The final piece in the cDVA jigsaw! I've been waiting for a long time to hear this (I dread to think HOW long frankly...), many thanks for sharing it me duck. :)

Anonymous said...

thanks mate!

bill said...

I'd go for the Star Trek. I had the audio of an episode on a cassette when I was about 9 or 10 and I must've listened to it 100 times. It was a great pleasure, a flight of imagination for a young mind. Even better without the pictures.

Jonny Zchivago said...

Wow! Which episode was that?
I'll upload the Space Hippie Tunes later,and provide a link in the word(s) STAR TREK.

Adi Newton said...

This extract from Chain saw massacre was used as an intro tape only for a few live performance and may have been used as a pre opening track on an early very limited cassette release and as such is only meant in that context, no separate tape with this cover and just featuring this recording was ever put out through Dvation or Clockdva so must have been made independently,I mention this just for the record ….Adi Newton for DVA

Jonny Zchivago said...

Thanks for the info Adi; we are not worthy!

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Anonymous said...

great post, however ubuntu is no longer available, can you upload somewhere else? thanks!

Jonny Zchivago said...

hi, its no longer on Ubuntu! Now on google drive. Maybe refresh your browser?
Same goes for Years on earth.

Jonny Zchivago said...

hi, its no longer on Ubuntu! Now on google drive. Maybe refresh your browser?

Anonymous said...

yes, thank you!

Simon said...

Hello, further to Adi’s comments, it looks to me like the ‘cover’ image has been ‘borrowed’ from a promo. poster I put together whilst I was in ClockDVA 1978/9.
S.Elliott-Kemp

Jonny Zchivago said...

So, it all went downhill after you left then simon?
Thanks for the info.