PIONEERS OF LIVE ELECTRONICS, FOUND SOUND AND URBAN ENVIRONMENT-AS-INSTRUMENT, MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA CREATED SUITES THAT WERE AS IMAGINARY AS IMAGINATIVE

Formed in Rome in the late 60s, the ever shifting collective Musica Elettronica Viva included such luminaries as Fred Rzewski, Alvin Curran and Richard Teitelbaum among others, and aimed to conduct the most radical experiments in sound possible. Although the above were primarily composers they were greatly inspired by avant-garde jazz titans such as Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane and were intent on drawing on any sound source, from keyboards and drums to cans and plates of glass.

As this 1970 BYG recording, The Sound Pool emphatically proved, MEV crafted an intricate sonic architecture by playing synthesizers, horns and sundry objects, and engaging in audacious treatments of the audio ‘on the fly’. The prevailing boundary between acoustic and electronic worlds was blurred by a band that was not a band, using a range of instruments that were often not instruments. Furthermore, the constantly shifting, unpredictable nature of the personnel bucked convention.

Like a volcanic eruption and ensuing lava flow The Sound Pool is a masterful electronic music opus that retains all the heat and light of the kind of performance associated with a stellar improviser. Constantly changing shape and density the music veers provocatively between the distinctive curls and squelches of synthesizers and the crash and stomp of household or industrial objects that are amplified and manipulated to conjure all the imagery of a marathon piece of physical theatre.

Above all, true to Rzewski’s edict, MEV conveys unbridled freedom and spontaneity, or the sense of the collective voice and cumulative energy of the individuals growing into a potent new entity. Invigoration, propulsion, mutation. At times The Sound Pool unleashes a tidal wave of noise, which has the kind of tonal density achieved by Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz. What is enthralling is the amount of unidentifiable timbres relentlessly generated by the network of real and ‘imagined’ instruments.   

“This re-mastered version of The Sound Pool confirms Musica Elettronica Viva as one of the most original artists of the late 20th century. The ensemble blurred the boundary between electrics and acoustics and conventional and unconventional instruments to create something that still sounds as if it is on the cusp of the present and the future.” Kevin Le Gendre

LP

Side 1
1. The Sound Pool (Part 1)
2. The Sound Pool (Untitled 1)

Side 2
1. The Sound Pool (Part 2)
2. The Sound Pool (Untitled 2)

CD
1. The Sound Pool (Part 1)
2. The Sound Pool (Untitled 1)
3. The Sound Pool (Part 2)
4. The Sound Pool (Untitled 2)

THE SOUND POOL

THE SOUND POOL

Musica Elettronica Viva

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LP Information

- Limited edition
- Original 1970 BYG Records album
- 180-gram black vinyl LP
- In deluxe gatefold sleeve matte laminate varnish
- Insert featuring liner notes by Kevin Le Gendre
- Mastered to vinyl by Nick Robbins, lacquers cut by Deepgrooves

CD Information

- Original 1970 album
- 16-page booklet featuring sleeve notes by Kevin Le Gendre
- Digitally mastered by Nick Robbins
- Deluxe gatefold digi-sleeve with matte laminate varnish

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  1. The Sound Pool [Part 1]
  2. The Sound Pool [Untitled 1]
  3. The Sound Pool [Part 2]
  4. The Sound Pool [Untitled 2]

PIONEERS OF LIVE ELECTRONICS, FOUND SOUND AND URBAN ENVIRONMENT-AS-INSTRUMENT, MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA CREATED SUITES THAT WERE AS IMAGINARY AS IMAGINATIVE

Formed in Rome in the late 60s, the ever shifting collective Musica Elettronica Viva included such luminaries as Fred Rzewski, Alvin Curran and Richard Teitelbaum among others, and aimed to conduct the most radical experiments in sound possible. Although the above were primarily composers they were greatly inspired by avant-garde jazz titans such as Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane and were intent on drawing on any sound source, from keyboards and drums to cans and plates of glass.

As this 1970 BYG recording, The Sound Pool emphatically proved, MEV crafted an intricate sonic architecture by playing synthesizers, horns and sundry objects, and engaging in audacious treatments of the audio ‘on the fly’. The prevailing boundary between acoustic and electronic worlds was blurred by a band that was not a band, using a range of instruments that were often not instruments. Furthermore, the constantly shifting, unpredictable nature of the personnel bucked convention.

Like a volcanic eruption and ensuing lava flow The Sound Pool is a masterful electronic music opus that retains all the heat and light of the kind of performance associated with a stellar improviser. Constantly changing shape and density the music veers provocatively between the distinctive curls and squelches of synthesizers and the crash and stomp of household or industrial objects that are amplified and manipulated to conjure all the imagery of a marathon piece of physical theatre.

Above all, true to Rzewski’s edict, MEV conveys unbridled freedom and spontaneity, or the sense of the collective voice and cumulative energy of the individuals growing into a potent new entity. Invigoration, propulsion, mutation. At times The Sound Pool unleashes a tidal wave of noise, which has the kind of tonal density achieved by Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz. What is enthralling is the amount of unidentifiable timbres relentlessly generated by the network of real and ‘imagined’ instruments.   

“This re-mastered version of The Sound Pool confirms Musica Elettronica Viva as one of the most original artists of the late 20th century. The ensemble blurred the boundary between electrics and acoustics and conventional and unconventional instruments to create something that still sounds as if it is on the cusp of the present and the future.” Kevin Le Gendre

LP

Side 1
1. The Sound Pool (Part 1)
2. The Sound Pool (Untitled 1)

Side 2
1. The Sound Pool (Part 2)
2. The Sound Pool (Untitled 2)

CD
1. The Sound Pool (Part 1)
2. The Sound Pool (Untitled 1)
3. The Sound Pool (Part 2)
4. The Sound Pool (Untitled 2)

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