Sunday, 28 June 2020

Tom Dissevelt ‎– "Tom Dissevelt ‎– Fantasy in Orbit. Round the world with electronic music by Tom Dissevelt" ( Philips ‎– 633 302 BY) 1963

This could have been the Dr Who soundtrack that never fact it never was a Dr Who soundtrack. Tom Dissevelt isn't as re-discovered as Delia Derbyshire, or as cute,or as tragic,so he's already struggling in the pathos stakes,as well as being compleatly forgotten until the early part of this century. that said, there isn't anything here to rival the 'Dr Who Theme' of the same year,so maybe he deserves to be in Delia's shadow.
There are, however,many similarities between the electronic concréte sound of Dissevelt and Derbyshire,which is unsurprising as they had virtually the same equipment.Although with the funding from Phillips for the Nat Lab, I guess Tom would have had the superior kit compared to what the BBC were likely to have provided the lovely Delia and chums at BBC Maida Vale.
Is this where Bowie nabbed his Major Tom character from?He was known to be a fan,and Tom was indeed the first Dutchman in space, albeit in sound only.


1. Ignition
2. Atlantic
3. Spearheads
4. Zanzi
5. Anchor Chains
6. Tropicolours
7. Gamelan
8. Woomerangs
9. Waltzing Matilda
10. Pacific Dawn
11. Gold And Lead
12. Mexican Mirror
13. Seconds To Eternity
14. Re-entry


Henk Madrotter said...

Awww man,,,,, I used to have this, heavily sampled by me when I was still making music with an early casio sampling keyboard, a mic, a wind organ and a drumkit :) Yeah!!! Been looking for it no idea how I lost it, probably when I burned half my house down in '95....

Henk Madrotter said...

Oh, and I just got my hands on a copy of Mort Garson's Electronic Hair Pieces, recording it now, great stuff!!!

Jonny Zchivago said...

Electronic Hair Pieces sounds exciting;)
There' a mega box set of Tom Dissevelt stuff,with all the sound sources isolated,so you can make yer own version.

Henk Madrotter said...

You don't know Electronic Hair Pieces???? It's a classic weirded out moog album, it's fantastic, honestly, right up you alley :)

There's youtube video's too....