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Reed Whistle & Sticks


  • 1. Reed Whistle & Sticks
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 281

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    REED WHISTLE & STICKS is a vintage album from Anthony Moore, offering his innovative blueprint for music that is entirely repetitious in nature; it originally surfaced in 1972.
    This highly experimental work represents some early sound collages from this quirky British composer. Affiliated with the avant rock group Henry Cow, Anthony Moore's works are highly regarded in the experimental music scene thanks to his Flying Doesn't Help album from 1978, a cult masterpiece of avant rock which enjoyed a much higher profile in the underground than his debut. This could be attested to the abstract nature of this recording, which explored tape-loop repetitions that build slow-phase patterns in the style of Terry Riley. Reed Whistle & Sticks is a study of ambient noise made by recording the surfaces of wood, glass, cloth, metal, and plastic. The composer then took piles of bamboo sticks and proceeded to drop the raining bundles on the varying surfaces, resulting in a random pitter-patter of raining noise. When Moore transformed these recordings into tape loops, the cascades of this noise become stunningly musical. ~ Skip Jansen

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