Aguirre Records to reissue iconic Shandar Records label discography

Throughout the early-mid seventies, Shandar Records released legendary recordings from masters of Free Jazz, Minimalist, Drone and Avant scenes including La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Charlemagne Palestine, Cecil Taylor, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pandit Pran Nath, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Ragnar Grippe, Dashiell Hedayat and Sunny Murray. The first two announced in the Les Series Shandar are Steve Reich’s Four Organs/Phase Patterns and La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela’s Dream House 78’17”, available on Feb 24th . Reissues are limited to 1000 copies, and expect that first round to sell out immediately, so plan accordingly. Head to discogs for the complete Shandar listing…


Watch composer David Rosenboom hook John and Yoko up to a biofeedback machine and process it through synths

This has gotta be one of the weirdest moments on the Mike Douglas Show. John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Chuck Berry and Mike, all seated on the floor, while David Rosenboom and partner (unknown to me), hook all but Chuck, who remains silent, up to a biofeedback processor, producing sounds then manipulated by the use of synthesizers (any info on what synths would be appreciated), as they discuss the nature of biofeedback therapy. A time piece for sure.

From the Whitney Museum of American Art’s (with whom Rosenboom has frequently worked), Rosenboom bio: “Since the 1960s David Rosenboom has explored the spontaneous evolution of musical forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for ensembles, multi-disciplinary composition and performance, cross-cultural collaborations, performance art and literature, interactive multi-media and new instrument technologies, generative algorithmic systems, art-science research and philosophy, and extended musical interface with the human nervous system.”

A very Terry Riley-ish recording from 1975’s, Brainwave Music.

From Rosenboom’s 1980 release, Daytime Viewing, with longtime Robert Ashley collaborator, vocalist/designer/graphic artist, Jacqueline Humbert…

unfortunately I couldn’t find a clip of Rosenboom’s collaboration with Anthony Braxton.

La Monte Young’s advice for musicians, from this week’s Red Bull Music Academy Lecture

Thanks to Fader for alerting me to this. Didn’t realize Young was a speaker there.
la monte young at red bull music academy - photo by Jung Hee Choi

Vinyl Rip of The Day: La Monte Young – 2LP – RIP 006

This was originally released in an edition of 300 by RRR Records, in 1992. It features recordings with John Cale and Angus MacLise, pre-Velvet Underground, as well as other luminaries such as Tony Conrad, David Rosenboom, Jon Hassell, Lee Konitz, and, of course, Young’s wife Marian Zazeela. There are four different recording dates, one from 1963, two from 1964, and one from 1971.

Had to separate this into two zips. Vinyl rip @320
La Monte

Happy birthday, John Cale!

In lieu of more typing, I’ll paste the discogs session listing:

A1 [Radio Announcer]
A2 12 I 64 Sunday Morning Blues
Drums [Hand] – Angus MacLise
Guitar [Bowed] – Tony Conrad
Sopranino Saxophone – La Monte Young
Viola – John Cale
Vocals [Drone] – Marian Zazeela
A3 [Radio Announcer]
A4 B♭ Dorian Blues Saturday 19th November 1963 – 5th Day Of The Hammer
Drums [Hand] – Angus MacLise
Guitar [Bowed] – Tony Conrad
Sopranino Saxophone – La Monte Young
Viola – John Cale
Vocals [Drone] – Marian Zazeela
B1 [Radio Announcer]
B2 The Well Tuned Piano 8 VI 64 – Day Of Gammedeon
Piano – La Monte Young
C The Well Tuned Piano 8 VI 64 – Day Of Gammedeon
Piano – La Monte Young
D1 [Radio Announcer]
D2 19 X 71 6:52 To 7:42 NYC From Map Of 49’s Dream The Two Systems Of Eleven Sets Of Galactic Intervals Ornamental Lightyears Tracery
Tenor Saxophone – Lee Konitz
Trumpet – Jon Hassell
Viola – David Rosenboom
Voice – Marian Zazeela
Voice, Synthesizer [Moog] – La Monte Young