Writer Amanda Kaye has asked me to contribute to a series of imaginary albums, culled from the creative wellspring of Blue Mountains writers and artists, to be exhibited at the Platform Gallery in 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.
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.