Thursday, 6 February 2020

Robert Ashley ‎– "In Sara, Mencken, Christ And Beethoven There Were Men And Women" (Cramps Records ‎– CRSLP 6103) 1974

A minimalist electronic exploration of the music and sound of Language, is I guess how yer average avant-gardist would explain this one away.
A member of the 'Sonic Arts Union',along with Alvin Lucier and others,Robert Ashley specialized in using dialogue as an instrument.Clearly an influence on Laurie Anderson.
Bob just keeps babbling on for the entire length of the album name-dropping various historical figures and frequently inserting words like "ironically" and "very titanically" against a backdrop of bubbling synths sounds.A great album to clear out parties!

I like most anything with weird talky bits in it,so as this is full to the brim of weird talky bits,so i must like it? If this came on at aparty in an attempt to get rid of me,it wouldn't work....i'd be there for a further 40 minutes,then drunkenly demand that we play "I Am Sitting In A Room" by Alvin Lucier; after that, i may leave,unless I had drifted into a coma by then,discovering inner space?


Anonymous said...

After listening to this I often mutter "....very titanically", it sticks in your head

Bob wasn't babbling he was reading a book:

Tortoise references John Barton Wolgamot multiple times in their releases.

You are a madman yourself

Anonymous said...

Loving these Cramps rips. Thanks a lot. Any chance of Walter Marchetti "In Terram Utopicam" showing up on the blog?

danibal said...

congratulations for your musical preferences, you are posting really interesting music ... thank you very much

Jonny Zchivago said...

ideed anonymous,theres always a chance on this blog,but i'm on a spoken word direction at the moment;)

Jonny Zchivago said...

Well i think its interesting danibal, glad you do too. Thanks for listening?

Anonymous said...

This is my favorite write up you've ever written