NEWS. Imaginary Albums Exhibition at Platform Gallery

The wonderful Amanda Kaye had a wonderful idea to create a series of imaginary albums, culled from the creative wellspring of Blue Mountains writers and artists and exhibited at the exquisite Platform Gallery at Katoomba.

“These imaginary albums are the missed opportunities, the albums we wish existed. They are the uncanny cultural signifiers of our collective vinyl-addled fancies,” says Amanda.  “Each imaginary album begins with the writer, who crafts the story of the work. Sometimes using a real artist and sometimes inventing musos from the ground up, the writer invents the tracks and the back-story, before passing the creative baton to the graphic designer or artist, who designs the cover art. The work you’ll see in the gallery will be the album covers and sleeve notes developed from this process”.

I’m thrilled that Amanda asked me to contribute, and my imaginary album, “Three Phase Peace” by Yoko Ono, Delia Derbyshire and Else Marie Pade, has been wrenched into visual reality by painter Ben Tankard.  See his stunning cover art (featured above) and my accompanying sleeve notes at the exhibition, which opens this Friday and runs until 9 April 2018. Find out more about the exhibition at imaginaryalbums.rocks

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Repercussions #19 “Early Electronics – The 1960s”

If the 1950s was all about teenage rebellion and rock’n’roll, the 1960s took things to the next level – a decade of wild experimentation, free expression and the birth of counter culture as we know it today.  The implications of all these things on music was of course profound – but whilst The Rolling Stones and their ilk were all riffing off old blues records, the 1960s was the decade where electronic music came into its own.

In this episode of Repercussions, Stuart Buchanan revisits some of the important electronic records of the era, tracing the journey from musique concrète and tape loop experiments, to sci-fi classics and psychedelic freak-outs, via artists such as Delia Derbyshire, Morton Subotnick, The Beach Boys, John Cage, Steve Reich and more.

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Featured in this episode:
The Blue Men – I Hear A New World (1960)
Vladimir Ussachevsky – Wireless Fantasy (1960)
Tod Dockstader – Apocalypse, Part 2 (1961)
Ray Cathode – Waltz In Orbit (1962)
The Tornados – Telstar (1962)
BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Dr Who (Original Theme) (1963)
Delia Derbyshire – Know Your Car (Get Out And Get Under) (1963)
Delia Derbyshire – Science And Health (1964)
Perrey-Kingsley – Computer in Love (1966)
John Cage – Rozart Mix (1965)
Raymond Scott – Bufferin: “Memories” (1967)
Steve Reich – Come Out (1966)
Morton Subotnick – Silver Apples Of The Moon Part 2 (1968)
Silver Apples – Oscillations (1968)
The Beach Boys – Fall Breaks And Back Into Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony)(1968)
Abaco Dream – Cat Woman (1969)
Os Mutantes – Dia 36 (1969)

First broadcast on FBi Click 17th November 2014