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OCEAN OF SOUND (1996) [2 Discs Various Artists]


OCEAN OF SOUND (1996) [2 Discs Various Artists]
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This is a stunning eclectic collection of marvellous music I bought soon after it came out and thoroughly enjoyed!

Until some bimbo I was dating back then, borrowed the CD and lost it!

Subtitled; “A Collection of Music to Accompany David Toop’s book, Ocean of Sound,” this two disc set is like no other music collection you’ve ever heard!

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David Toop (born 5 May 1949) is an English musician and author, and as of 2001 was visiting Research Fellow in the Media School at London College of Communication. He was notably a member of The Flying Lizards. He was a prominent contributor to the British magazine The Face. He is a regular contributor to The Wire, the U.K. based music magazine.

Toop published his pioneering book on hip hop, Rap Attack, in 1984. Eleven years later, Ocean of Sound appeared, described as Toop’s “poetic survey of contemporary musical life from Debussy through Ambient, Techno, and drum ‘n’ bass.”

Since the 1970s, Toop has also been a significant presence on the British experimental and improvised music scene, collaborating with Max Eastley, Brian Eno, Scanner, and others. In 2001, Toop curated the sound art exhibition Sonic Boom, and the following year, he curated a 2-CD collection entitled Not Necessarily Enough English Music: A Collection of Experimental Music from Great Britain, 1960-1977.


The rather scholarly Toop, back in the mid nineties, produced a wonderful book on the origins and diaspora of modern music – focusing on ambient/ minimalist music – and also complied a masterful music collection to illustrate his themes and concepts.

Amazon.com describes Toop’s amazing book as;

“A member of a radical editorial collective on the cutting edge of British music criticism in the 1970s, later a critic for more standard papers, including the Times, David Toop’s second book covers a vast expanse of music. His tour-de-force survey describes a dissonant and invigorating clash of music and noise from western classical to Javanese gamelan, from Claude Debussy to Miles Davis to Brian Eno, from disco to techno to ambient. He discusses the changes in our sound world caused by the global reach of radio and recordings, and shows himself a rigorous pluralist, open to all styles and forms, but unafraid to offer robust criticism in any musical sphere.”

Altered States iii, Crystal World excerpt

In their search for absolutes, a number of music critics have looked to Riley as the definitive starting point for various trends: minimalism, extreme repetition, all-night trance improvisations and tape-delay systems.

Pieces such as In C, A Rainbow In Curved Air, and Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band were important in their time because they signalled two important changes in the way the worlds of music and comerce worked.

One: a composer was writing pieces which had grooves and improvised around modes (just like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa and half the rock bands in Psychedelia), which sounded as if psychotropics had been involved at some stage of the compositional process, which explored new technology and studio processing. Two: the albums were packaged by Columbia as rock albums, despite being on the Masterworks series, so implying that the razor wire dividing so-called classical, rock, jazz, art and commerce had been cut in a few places. Never mind the embarrasing occurence of hippie-speak on the In C sleevenotes – ‘No preconceptions, you just dig it’ – the sort of thing that Oliver Stone might exhume for another chapter of his Sixties revisionism.

The music, as musicians and sleevenote writes love to say, spoke for itself. Essentially modest, Riley downplays all of this. After all, his contribution to the late 20th Century mix emerged out of collaborative work and improvisations with La Monte Young, Pauline Oliveros and Chet Baker.

After the first flush of enthusiasm for minimalism and systems music, Riley and Young tended to be dismissed as old hippies, past their peak, while Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams and Michael Nyman slid with varying degrees of compositional credibility into a new orthodoxy of avant-garde populism.

But as Riley says, life goes in cycles. Suddenly, the open works of Riley and Young seem more expansive, more useful to the fractured nature of music in the Nineties than all that knitting machine repetitiveness and it’s mutations.

— David Toop excerpt from his book “Ocean of Sound” published by Serpents Tail

Like the book, the discs cover an incredible array of sound and music. From Erik Satie to John Cage, to Ornette Coleman to Les Baxter to My Bloody Valentine to The Velvet Underground to Aphex Twin to Miles Davis to Brian Eno ! And loads more wonderfully eclectic music!

All your common or garden left of field “weird” music (well, weird to Robbie Williams fans anyway!)

But then there’s the really weird stuff!

Yap, we also get some strange but compelling stuff – sounds of Bearded Seals, recordings of Howler Monkeys (not a band, like the awful Arctic Monkeys! In fact, not a band at all!), sounds from a Buddhist Ceremony ….. you name it, it’s here!

Rather strangely, Howler Monkeys sound far better than Arctic Monkeys !!!

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Track Listing

Disc 1

King Tubby – Dub Fi Gwan
Herbie Hancock – Rain Dance
Aphex Twin – Analogue Bubblebath
Jon Hassell – Empire III
Ujang Survana – Sorban Palid
Claude Debussy – Prelude A L Apres ‘Midi D Un Faune’
Les Baxter – Sunken City
My Bloody Valentine – Loomer
Brian Eno – Lizard Point
Shunie Omizutori Buddhist Ceremony
The Vancouver Soundscape – The Music Of Horns And Whistles
Howler Monkeys
Peter Brotzmann Octet – Machine Gun
Harold Budd – Bismillahi ‘Rrahmani Rrahim’


Disc 2


Miles Davis – Black Satin
Terry Riley – Extract From Poppy Nogood “All Night Flight”
Detty Kurina – Coyor Panon
Ornette Coleman – Virgin Beauty
John Zorn/David Toop – Chen Pe I Pe I
Paul Schutze – Rivers Of Mercury
The Velvet Underground – I Heard Her Call My Name
Bearded Seals
Holger Czukay & Rolf Dammers – Boat-Woman-Song
The Beach Boys – Fall Breaks Back Into Winter (Woody Woodpecker Symphony)
African Headcharge – Faraway Chant
Sun Ra – Cosmo Enticement
Music Improvisation Company – Untitled
Deep Listening Band – Seven-Up
John Cage – In A Landscape
Erik Satie – Vexations
Suikinkutsu Water Chime

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October 1, 2008 Posted by | Erik Sati, John Cage, Miles Davis, Music_Alternative, Music_Ambient, Music_Experimental, My Bloody Valentine, Ornette Coleman, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

John Cage: Works for Percussion

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John Cage: Works for Percussion (WER 62032)

Classical | APE & CUE | 3 parts / 207 Mb

John Cage: Works for Percussion (Quatuor Hêlios)

The French percussion ensemble Quatuor Hêlios has, since their inception in 1986, been dedicated to performing the early compositions of American avant-garde composer John Cage. Their 1991 release, John Cage: Works for Percussion, is a compilation of seven of compositions written by the groundbreaking composer between 1939 and 1943. Quatuor Hêlios, which takes its name from the mythical Greek sun god, performs Cage’s challenging compositions presented on this CD solidly. Played by members Isabelle Berteletti, Jean-Christophe Feldhandler, Florent Haladjian, and Lê Quan Ninh, the compositions on this release reflect Cage’s interest and dedication to the promotion of an often-overlooked component in traditional Western art music: rhythm. It was in 1933, after witnessing Varése’s percussion composition “Ionization” (1931) being performed at the Hollywood Bowl under the direction of conductor Nicolas Slonimsky, that the 21-year-old Cage decided to dedicate himself to writing percussive compositions for such instruments as coffee cans, snare drums, lion roars, prepared pianos, and conch shells.

While living in Seattle during 1938 and 1939, Cage collaborated with the experimental dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, organized a percussion ensemble, and began to work as a musical accompanist for dancers at Cornish College. Since stage space was limited at the tiny Cornish, Cage came up with the idea of mimicking the timbres and sounds of his percussion ensemble by preparing a standard piano’s strings with forks, springs, and other sundry miscellany. The John Cage: Works for Percussion CD contains a number of work’s that utilize prepared piano: “First Construction (In Metal),” “Second Construction,” “Amores,” and “She Is Asleep.” In 1939, Cage composed “Imaginary Landscape No. 1.” This work, which is not presented by the quartet on this CD, was written for two variable-speed turntables, frequency recordings, cymbal, and piano. During the same year, the prodigious 27-year-old composer wrote “First Construction in Metal.”

This ten-minute work, which is the concluding cut on this CD, ebbs and flows with amazing dynamics as it makes use of a large palette of metallic objects. By 1940, Cage had moved to San Francisco where he wrote this CD’s first track, “Second Construction..”

This work moves in and out of changing time signatures, prepared piano ostinatos, tom-tom melodies, and brake drum bells lines. The composition “Double Music,” which is the fourth of Cage’s works presented on this CD, is actually a collaboration with another American composer, Lou Harrison. Harrison’s fondness for the gamelan music of Bali and Java comes through in the complex interlocking rhythms and cyclical presentation of the various gongs on this cut.

As a member of the avant-garde, Cage is remembered alongside of such visionaries as Boulez, Berio, Stockhausen, Kagel, Cowell, as well as Harrison, to name but a few. His contribution to the world of music is immeasurable as he helped to open the minds and ears of Western audiences to the limitless possibilities inherent in percussive compositions.

―John Vallier, All Music Guide

Tracks:

Second construction [1940] (7:29)

Imaginary landscape no. 2 [1942] (5:22)

Amores [1943] (9:43)

Double music [1941] (4:39)

Third construction [1941] (10:06)

She is asleep [1943] (11:40)

First construction (in metal) [1939] (10:03)

Recorded “live in studio” at CCAM, Vandoeuvre-Lès-Nancy, France in July 1989

Cover photo: Marcel Duchamp’s A bruit secret, 1916

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The 25-Year Retrospective Concert of the Music of John Cage

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Classical | APE & CUE | 1995 | 3 CD / 6 parts / 519 Mb

The 25-Year Retrospective Concert of the Music of John Cage.

Various artists.

Recorded in performance at Town Hall, New York, May 15, 1958.

Reissued as Wergo WER 6247-2, 1994.

Disc 1

1 Six Short Inventions for Seven Instruments / Anahid Ajemian/Maro Ajemian/Douglas Allan/Joan Brockway/Melvyn Broiles/Earle Brown/Philip Brown…

2 First Construction in Metal / David Tudor

3 Imaginary Landscape No.1 / Anahid Ajemian/Maro Ajemian/Douglas Allan/Joan Brockway/Melvyn Broiles/Earle Brown/Philip Brown…

4 The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs / Arline Carmen/John Cage

5 She is Asleep / Paul Price/Michael Colgrass/Warren Smith/Philip Brown

6 She is Asleep / Arline Carmen/John Cage

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Disc 2

1 Sons & Interludes: Sons I / Maro Ajemian

2 Sons & Interludes: Sons II / Maro Ajemian

3 Sons & Interludes: Sons III / Maro Ajemian

4 Sons & Interludes: Sons IV / Maro Ajemian

5 Sons & Interludes: Interlude / Maro Ajemian

6 Sons & Interludes: Sons V / Maro Ajemian

7 Sons & Interludes: Sons VI / Maro Ajemian

8 Sons & Interludes: Sons VII / Maro Ajemian

9 Sons & Interludes: Sons VIII / Maro Ajemian

10 Sons & Interludes: Second Interlude / Maro Ajemian

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Disc 3

1 Music for Carillon No.1 / David Tudor

2 Williams mix / Anahid Ajemian/Maro Ajemian/Douglas Allan/Joan Brockway/Melvyn Broiles/Earle Brown/Philip Brown…

3 Concert for Piano & Orchestra / Anahid Ajemian/Maro Ajemian/Douglas Allan/Joan Brockway/Melvyn Broiles/Earle Brown/Philip Brown…

Total Running Time: 1:44:50

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CD 2: Part 1 & Part 2

CD 3: Part 1 & Part 2

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John Cage: Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano (WER 60156-50)

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John Cage: Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano (WER 60156-50)

Classical | APE & CUE | 1989 | 3 parts / 199 Mb

“As important, highly prized recording (WERGO 60151-50) which approaches Cage’s music without compromise … Pierce’s interpretation is a mixture of strength, poetry and beautiful harmonies.”

– Jean Francois Pioud, Etude Reveu, Paris, France, October 1989

John Cage: Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano (1946-1948)

Joshua Pierce, Piano

Tracks:

Sonata 1

2

3

4

First Interlude

Sonata 5

6

7/ 8

Second Interlude

Third Interlude

Sonata 9

10

11

12

Fourth Interlude

Sonata 13

Sonatas 14 & 15 Gemini

Sonata 16


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John Cage – A Chance Operation (The John Cage Tribute) (1993)

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John Cage: A Chance Operation (The John Cage Tribute) (1993)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 525 Mb
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Some typical Cage genius/madness!

This two-CD set celebrating John Cage features works by various luminaries in the international avant-garde circle performing works by or in memoriam of the iconoclastic composer John Cage.

Programmed to random play by the listener qua co-creator and mixed with whatever other sounds the listener brings to the listening space and whatever sounds happen to be present, the album becomes what Cage calls “real music,” not a relic of music: One hundred and forty-one minutes of 183 pieces of 23 works, in any order, with any other sounds!

The irony will not be lost on fans of Cage’s work that a recorded tribute album for a composer who disliked the recorded medium is at best a strange tribute. But that said, considering the uniqueness of the collection — and indeed the clout of the listed performers — even the most orthodox of Cage disciples will be pleased with this recording.

Performances range from David Tudor’s electronic explorations to Patrick Moraz’s performance of Cage’s “Dances for Prepared Piano.” Laurie Anderson is featured reading texts by Cage over her own compositions on several tracks, and these add a fair amount of unity to this sprawling collection.

The final work on this recording is entitled “New York City” and is an ambient recording of the environment outside Cage’s apartment.

Some would say that Frank Zappa’s participation alone in this project, featuring his rendition of Cage’s infamous 4′33″, is worth looking into.


Tracklisting *

CD 1

The Kronos Quartet : Pieces (30) for String Quartet: Excerpt(s)
1. Excerpts For Thirty Pieces For String Quartet
2. Excerpt From Thirty Pieces For String Quartet

Patrick Moraz: Three Dances for 2 Prepared Pianos: no 1
3. Three Dances For Prepared Piano, Dance #1
4. Dance 2: Three Dances for Prepared Piano
5. Dance 3: Three Dances for Prepared Piano

Jackson Mac Low, Anne Tardos: First Four-Language Word Event in Memoriam John Cage
6. First Four-Language Word Event in Memoriam John Cage
7. First Four-Language Word Event in Memoriam John Cage
8. First Four-Language Word Event in Memoriam John Cage
9. First Four-Language Word Event in Memoriam John Cage
10. First Four-Language Word Event in Memoriam John Cage
11. First Four-Language Word Event in Memoriam John Cage
12. First Four-Language Word Event in Memoriam John Cage
13. First Four-Language Word Event in Memoriam John Cage
14. First Four-Language Word Event in Memoriam John Cage

Christian Wolff, Roger Zahab: Six Melodies Variation for Solo Violin
Ken Nordine Ken Nordine: A Cage Went in Search of a Bird
Earle Brown: Three Solos for Trumpet
Laurie Anderson: Cunningham Stories (At the Age of Twelve…)
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Haiku FM
Larry Austin, Robert Black: Art Is Self-Alteration Is Cage Is
David Tudor: Webwork
Yoko Ono: Georgia Stone

CD 2

Laurie Anderson: Cunningham Stories (Merce Cunningham Phoned His Mother…)
Oregon (Ralph Towner, Glen Moore, Paul McCandless ): Chance/Choice
Takehisa Kosugi: 75 Letters and Improvisation
David Van Tieghem: Living Room Music
James Tenney: Ergodos I for John Cage
Laurie Anderson: Cunningham Stories (Every Morning…)
Robert Ashley: Factory Preset
Frank Zappa: 4′ 33″
John Cale: In Memoriam John Cage — Call Waiting
Meredith Monk: Aria
Laurie Anderson: Cunningham Stories (The Cunningham Company…)
New York City (recorded outside of John Cage’s apartment in New York City)

* You may find detailed information on this CD, including complete track listing, widely available on the web.

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September 18, 2008 Posted by | John Cage, Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, MUSIC, Music_Ambient, Music_ClassicalModern, Music_Experimental, _ART | Leave a comment

John Cage – 44 Harmonies, from ‘Apartment house 1776’ / Cheap imitation (2005)

John Cage – 44 Harmonies, from ‘Apartment house 1776’ / Cheap imitation (2005)
Contemporary | FLAC & EAC (APE + CUE) | no cover | 2CD | 494 MB
Performed by the Arditti Quartet / Irvine Arditti.

Here’s Johnny! Doing his strange wonderful thing with one or two strings! Butting his head against the wall!


John Cage – 44 Harmonies, from ‘Apartment house 1776’ (for 4 voices)
CD1: 1-25
CD2: 1-19 Forty-four Harmonies (1:42:52)

Arranged for string quartet by Irvine Arditti.
Performed by the Arditti Quartet (Irvine Arditti & Graeme Jennings, violins; Dov Scheindlin, viola; Rohan de Saram, cello).

John Cage – Cheap imitation (for solo violin)
CD2: 20-22 Cheap imitation, in three parts (31:52)

Performed by Irvine Arditti, violin.

Released by Mode in 2005 as Mode 144/145 (The Complete John Cage Edition – Volume 33, The Works for Violin 6, The String Quartets 4).

Editorial review ‘All music guide’:

For most of his career, American composer John Cage did not much care for the thirds and sixths that form the building blocks of the majority of Western music. Yet Cage stood for the very idea that all sounds were acceptable in music — what did he have against good, old-fashioned traditional harmony?

Arnold Schoenberg once warned Cage that if he didn’t get a grip on harmony, he would always be “butting his head against the wall,” a condition that, in 1934, Cage was happy to accept. However, by 1969 either the wall, or his head, was getting too a bit hard, as Cage realized he was going to a lot of trouble creating works that were enormously complex, impractical and had little lasting value. With “Cheap Imitation” (1969) for solo violin, Cage made a breakthrough, merely through “decomposing” parts of a work he’d long loved – Erik Satie’s cantata “Socrate.”

Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet’s two-disc set Cage: 44 Harmonies from Apartment House 1776; Cheap Imitation on Mode Records is an expertly played examination of this significant transitional period in Cage’s development.

“Apartment House 1776” was a large “circus” created for the American Bicentennial, being Cage’s vision of a 1776 apartment house with different rooms representing the various residents inside. The “44 Harmonies” occupied just one of these rooms, but as with the parts in Cage’s “Concert for piano and orchestra” (1958), any single element in “Apartment House 1776” can be singled out independently.

Irvine Arditti has arranged the “44 Harmonies for string quartet,” and in this medium it works extremely well. In music consisting of partly “decomposed” eighteenth century American hymn tunes, the quartet sounds like one large violin that is missing a string or two. The harmonies are pleasant, naked, and devoid of a conventional context; silences are frequent.

This music is more potholes than road, and its lack of forward progression will prove maddening to some. Nevertheless, others will appreciate the work’s ethereal emptiness, and it makes for a lovely background element to studying or reading.

Lasting a whopping 103:26, “44 Harmonies from Apartment House 1776” takes up the whole first disc and most of the second, but the second disc is filled out with a fine solo performance of “Cheap Imitation” by Irvine Arditti in all its haunting, ghostly whiteness.

Uncle Dave Lewis, All music guide
Packed as a contiguous zip inside a multi-part 7z, limited at 100M, served by RS, redirected through http://www.tinyurl.com/parts

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February 12, 2008 Posted by | John Cage, Music_ClassicalModern, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

John Cage – 44 Harmonies, from ‘Apartment house 1776’ / Cheap imitation (2005)

John Cage – 44 Harmonies, from ‘Apartment house 1776’ / Cheap imitation (2005)
Contemporary | FLAC & EAC (APE + CUE) | no cover | 2CD | 494 MB
Performed by the Arditti Quartet / Irvine Arditti.

Here’s Johnny! Doing his strange wonderful thing with one or two strings! Butting his head against the wall!


John Cage – 44 Harmonies, from ‘Apartment house 1776’ (for 4 voices)
CD1: 1-25
CD2: 1-19 Forty-four Harmonies (1:42:52)

Arranged for string quartet by Irvine Arditti.
Performed by the Arditti Quartet (Irvine Arditti & Graeme Jennings, violins; Dov Scheindlin, viola; Rohan de Saram, cello).

John Cage – Cheap imitation (for solo violin)
CD2: 20-22 Cheap imitation, in three parts (31:52)

Performed by Irvine Arditti, violin.

Released by Mode in 2005 as Mode 144/145 (The Complete John Cage Edition – Volume 33, The Works for Violin 6, The String Quartets 4).

Editorial review ‘All music guide’:

For most of his career, American composer John Cage did not much care for the thirds and sixths that form the building blocks of the majority of Western music. Yet Cage stood for the very idea that all sounds were acceptable in music — what did he have against good, old-fashioned traditional harmony?

Arnold Schoenberg once warned Cage that if he didn’t get a grip on harmony, he would always be “butting his head against the wall,” a condition that, in 1934, Cage was happy to accept. However, by 1969 either the wall, or his head, was getting too a bit hard, as Cage realized he was going to a lot of trouble creating works that were enormously complex, impractical and had little lasting value. With “Cheap Imitation” (1969) for solo violin, Cage made a breakthrough, merely through “decomposing” parts of a work he’d long loved – Erik Satie’s cantata “Socrate.”

Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet’s two-disc set Cage: 44 Harmonies from Apartment House 1776; Cheap Imitation on Mode Records is an expertly played examination of this significant transitional period in Cage’s development.

“Apartment House 1776” was a large “circus” created for the American Bicentennial, being Cage’s vision of a 1776 apartment house with different rooms representing the various residents inside. The “44 Harmonies” occupied just one of these rooms, but as with the parts in Cage’s “Concert for piano and orchestra” (1958), any single element in “Apartment House 1776” can be singled out independently.

Irvine Arditti has arranged the “44 Harmonies for string quartet,” and in this medium it works extremely well. In music consisting of partly “decomposed” eighteenth century American hymn tunes, the quartet sounds like one large violin that is missing a string or two. The harmonies are pleasant, naked, and devoid of a conventional context; silences are frequent.

This music is more potholes than road, and its lack of forward progression will prove maddening to some. Nevertheless, others will appreciate the work’s ethereal emptiness, and it makes for a lovely background element to studying or reading.

Lasting a whopping 103:26, “44 Harmonies from Apartment House 1776” takes up the whole first disc and most of the second, but the second disc is filled out with a fine solo performance of “Cheap Imitation” by Irvine Arditti in all its haunting, ghostly whiteness.

Uncle Dave Lewis, All music guide
Packed as a contiguous zip inside a multi-part 7z, limited at 100M, served by RS, redirected through http://www.tinyurl.com/parts

parts: 2hp6xp, 38kwpj, 2gtx4o, yoxhu3, 3b27mu

Original FLAC’s in two zips, served by MU (+/- 250M each) at 27n98q and 37sf8e.

Credits:
Post by interzone and original flacs provided by Mark!

Big Thanks!

Thanks to the original poster

February 12, 2008 Posted by | John Cage, Music_ClassicalModern, _MUSIC | Leave a comment