(Various Artists)/Musica Futurista: The Art of Noises (2004)

A collection of music and spoken word from the Italian Futurist movement 1909-1935 (LTM). 74 minute minutes, 23 tracks. Includes original recordings by Marinetti, Russolo and Balilla Pratella, and contemporary performances of works by key futurist composers and theorists (piano and other performances by Daniele Lombardi, recorded in 1978). Marinetti's free-verse readings, "Definizione Di Futurismo/Definition of Futurism" and "La Battaglia Di Adrianopoli/The Battle of Adrianopolis", Pratella's piano works, Russolo's "Risveglio Di Una Citta/The Awakening of a City" and Intonarumori (noise intoners) samples, and others. Russolo's works are pioneering pieces in noise music, and his music influenced Stravinsky, Honegger, Antheil, Edgar Varèse and others.

Musica Futurista: The Art of Noises


Bob Marley and the Wailers/Legend (1984/1972-1893)

A compilation album (#1 on the UK album charts. #5 on the US) by Bob Marley and the Wailers, a Jamaican reggae band led by Bob Marley (guitar, lead vocals). A best-selling reggae album. The original LP contains 14 tracks. The 2002 remastered edition includes two bonus tracks. You can enjoy pop and song-oriented roots reggae. The best one as the first choice or introduction to roots reggae. Features three songs by the original Wailers, "Stir It Up", "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Get Up, Stand Up", and all ten of Marley's Top 40 hit singles in the UK, "No Woman, No Cry" (#8), "Exodus" (#14), "Waiting in Vain" (#27), "Jamming"/"Punky Reggae Party" (#9), "One Love/People Get Ready" (#5), "Is This Love" (#9), "Satisfy My Soul" (#21), "Could You Be Loved" (#5), "Three Little Birds" (#17), and "Buffalo Soldier" (#4).


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Klaus Schulze/Moondawn (1976)

A German composer and musician who was an ex-member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, and pioneered electronic music in the stream of krautrock, Klaus Schulze's sixth album. One of the classics of electronic music in so-called "Berlin School" style, characterized by the use of synths and spacy ambient soundscapes. Aesthetic and romantic sounds featuring synths such as Moog and ARP, effects and drums, like new age music. Please note that there are two types of its reissued edition, the original master and remix version.


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Miles Davis/A Tribute to Jack Johnson (1970)

An American jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis's 1971 studio album released as the soundtrack for the documentary film "Jack Johnson" about the American boxer Jack Johnson who became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion. The original title was "Jack Johnson". A jazz-rock album influenced by hard rock and funk, featuring John McLaughlin's rock-tinged effect guitar, Herbie Hancock's electronic organ and funky rhytjm section. It consists of two long tracks edited by producer Teo Macero from the recording sessions of February and April 1970. More pop-iriented and accessible for the rock fan and fusion lovers than "Bitches Brew" and "On the Corner". "Right Off" contains a riff based on Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song". "Yesternow" has a bassline like James Brown's "Say It Loud ? I'm Black and I'm Proud".

A Tribute to Jack Johnson


Varèse/Amériques, Arcana, Ionisation (Boulez, 1975/1977) *

A French-born American composer of contemporary music, Edgard Varèse's works (Sony Music Entertainment). "Amériques" is an orchestral composition for a large orchestra with additional percussion including sirens, featuring discordance and noise. It is similar to Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring", but it is reminiscent of dynamism and bustle in a big city as the New World. "Ionisation" is a percussion ensemble for thirty-four percussion instruments by thirteen players, influenced by Italian futurists (Russolo, Marinetti). "Arcana" is an orchestral composition for a large orchestra of 120 musicians, including 40 percussion instruments, which has unity as "organized sound" for combining futuristic sounds and motifs of classical music. Pierre Boulez conducts New York Philharmonic.

Amériques, Arcana, Ionisation


(Various Artists)/Artificial Intelligence (1992) *

A compilation (10 tracks) released in 1992 as the first of "Artificial Intelligence" series by the English independent label Warp Records. The beginning of post-rave ambient techno/intelligent techno as "electronic listening music" suitable for sitting down in a room and listening to rather than dancing in the club, counter to rave/hardcore techno in their heyday in the early 1990s. Mind-oriented techno with the ambience like the 1970s prog-rock such as Pink Floyd, which can be listened to calmly. The artists are Aphex Twin (as The Dice Man), B12 (as Musicology), Autechre, The Black Dog (as I.A.O), Speedy J, Richie Hawtin (as UP!), and the Orb's Dr. Alex Paterson.

Artificial Intelligence


Yo La Tengo/I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997)

An American indie rock band formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984, Yo La Tengo's eighth studio album. Widely regarded as the band's best work. Shoegaze-tinged noise pop featuring feedback noise guitar and whispery, relaxed vocals, as well as melodic and dreamy guitar pop in the psychedelic folk style. Very easy to listen to and comfortable. "Center of Gravity" is a tune in the bossa nova style. "Spec Bebop" is a long instrumental tune in the krautrock style. "Little Honda" is a cover of the song by the Beach Boys. "My Little Corner of the World" is a cover of the song firstly recorded by Anita Bryant (composed by Lee Pockriss).

I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

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Herbie Hancock/Sextant (1972) *

An American jazz pianist, composer and arranger born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1940, Herbie Hancock's eleventh album (Columbia). The last of the experimental "Mwandishi" trilogy, which was recorded between the Blue Note years in the 1960s and the popular funk period in the 1970s, under the influence of electric Miles. Avant-garde and abstract afro-jazz-funk featuring electric piano (Fender Rhodes), Mellotron, Moog synthesizer and ARP synths. Cosmic and spacey sound like flying into space with a mad electronic brain. "Rain Dance" is an electronic music-oriented track based on Patrick Gleeson's synths. "Hidden Shadows" is an odd-meter funk at a mid tempo. "Hornets" (about 20 minutes) is an aggressive, chaotic and hard afro-funk tune featuring electronic sounds and effected (fuzz, wow) noisy keyboards.



(Various Artists)/Machine Soul: An Odyssey Into Electronic Dance Music (2000/1977-1999) *

A compilation (2-CD set, 28 tracks) of electronic dance music from the early 1970s to the late 1990s (Rhino). This is not an exhaustive collection and a selection satisfactory to techno enthusiasts, for it doesn't include tracks by D.A.F., Jeff Mills, Hardfloor and other important techno/house/drum 'n' bass/EBM artists, but it is useful as a sampler for the public, because it includes lots of popular and famous tracks with vocals, such as the originator of electronic dance music, Kraftwerk's "The Robots", Donna Summer's disco hit "I Feel Love" produced by Giorgio Moroder, Gary Numan's synth pop "Cars", Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force's electro track "Planet Rock", New Order's alternative dance hit "Blue Monday", Derrick May's Detroit techno classic "Strings of Life" (under the name of Rhythim Is Rhythim), M/A/R/R/S's hip house hit "Pump Up the Volume", Inner City's Detroit techno/house hit "Big Fun", The KLF's acid house anthem "What Time Is Love?", The Orb's early ambient house track "Little Fluffy Clouds", The Shamen's alternative dance hit "Move Any Mountain", L.A. Style's first rave hit "James Brown Is Dead", The Prodigy's breakbeat techno/rave hit "Charly", and others.

Machine Soul: An Odyssey Into Electronic Dance Music


Steve Reich/Early Works (Double Edge and others, 1986-1987) *

An American composer known as one of the pioneers of minimal music, Steve Reich's early works (Nonesuch). Includes four pieces composed by the technique of "gradual phase shifting process". "It's Gonna Rain" (1965) and "Come Out" (1966) are tape music with recorded voices as sources. They deal with gradually shifting phases of two or more repeating patterns. "Piano Phase" (1967) is a piece for two pianos. It is one of his first attempts at applying his "gradual phase shifting process" technique to live performance. The keyboard duo Double Edge, Nurit Tilles and Edmund Niemann play the piano. "Clapping Music" (1972) is a piece only for two musicians clapping without instruments, which deals with deal with rhythm variation by shifting beats. Recommended for minimal music lovers. But the two tape pieces are too experimental and avant-garde, so for Reich beginners, I recommend more musical pieces, such as "Music for 18 Musicians", "Music for a Large Ensemble" and "Octet" as a first choice.

Early Works