"The music is free, but you have to pay for the plastic, paper, ink, glue and stamps" (Dec. 1978)
The Californian equivalent of the Manchester Musicians Collective and London Music Collective, was the more intelligentsia populated Los Angeles Free Music Society. As the quote above reads, the music was Free, in all meanings of the word, but the product wasn’t. Which fits the criteria of this blog nicely, for there is No product here, just music, and its all free.
The first selection from this hopelessly obscure bunch of artists and experimental musicians is by the Free music monolith that is Airway, that included two of the society's mainstays Rick and Joe Potts.
Never to my knowledge captured in a studio, Airway stuck to creating a sonic whirlwind in live environments, such as The Lace Art Gallery, where this performance was captured in 1978.
Half an hour of recreating the conditions on the edge of a hurricane.They attempted to create subliminal messages beneath a continuous barrage of sound.Dunno what these messages were, or how successful the results,but this was common practice at certain 'Rock'n'Roll' events*. This is Noise without rules, except that there are no rules. There are moments when it all sounds like a close miked liquidiser, other moments when it could be a Dyson dual cyclone vacuum cleaner on max strength; but that only brings us back to Hurricanes, so i'll end the hyperbole's, and just simplify it by stating that its just a fantastic noise.
* I once sold a multi-track recorder to a Hypno-therapist ,back in the 80's, and he told me of an incident at a (omg) Cult gig,to which he had accompanied his son. Bored by the exceedingly crap music, he decided to take a look at the sound desk. spotting a reel-to-reel tape deck spinning by the mixer, he asked what was that doing? "I'm a hypno-therapist and do i suspect subliminal messages?" Caught red handed, the sound-man admitted that they were using subliminal suggestion, for the purpose of, not getting the kids to buy their shit records; but to act violently, to butch up this awful goth rock for the media!
Mind kontrol exists, even by and for Goths!?
Side a Untitled
Side b Untitled
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