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High Voltage! Giant Steps & Flashpoints In 20th Century Experimental & Electronic Sound [Box set]

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  • Audio CD (13 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Fantastic Voyage
  • ASIN: B00BOT2004
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Entry of the Globbots (The Blue Men) - The Blue Men
2. Turangalîla-Symphonie: VI Jardin du sommeil d amour (Olivier Messiaen) - Oliver Messiaen
3. Intègrales (Edgard Varèse) - Edgard Varese
4. Spellbound: Prelude (Miklós Rózsa) - Miklos Rozsa
5. Deep Purple (Sonny Blount and Stuff Smith) - Sonny Blount and Stuff Smith
6. Studie I (Karlheinz Stockhausen) - Karlheinz Stockhausen
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Metastaseis (Iannis Xenakis) - Iannis Xenakis
2. Ionisation (Edgard Varèse) - Edgard Varese
3. Williams Mix (John Cage) - John Cage
4. The Forbidden Planet (Louis and Bebe Barron) - Louis & Bebe Barron
5. Interferenzen (Giselher Klebe) - Giselher Klebe
6. Gesang der Jünglinge (Karlheinz Stockhausen) - Karlheinz Stockhausen
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Creation - Prologue (Vladimir Ussachevsky) - Vladimir Ussachevsky
2. Tweeklank (Dick Raaijmakers) - Dick Raaijmakers
3. Stereo Electronic Music No. 1 (Bülent Arel) - Bulent Arel
4. Evolutionen (Henk Badings) - Henk Badings
5. Composition for Synthesizer (Milton Babbitt) - Milton Babbitt
6. Whirling (Tom Dissevelt) - Tom Dissevelt
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

High Voltage! salutes the fearless electronic trailblazers and groundbreaking composers of the last century, who paved the way, sometimes against all odds, for futuristic sounds, music which knew no outer limits and advanced recording techniques which would later become the essential norm. Rather than presenting a cold selection of tracks, writer-DJ Kris Needs has tried to capture the spirit of adventure, mischief or discovery which gripped these boffins, obsessives and mad sonic scientists, tracks carefully selected to represent one of the most exciting periods in aural innovation while sequenced to simulate a roller coaster through the unknown. In keeping with the spirit of reinvention, running the tracks as a new joyride in its own right. In the accompanying booklet, compiler Needs provides exhaustive background on the individuals responsible for the remarkable sounds featured here, while saluting the artists who ventured where no one had dared go before. Enter the Globbots…


Lovingly compiled...the scope here is impressive --Mojo

Its Hard to think of a better compilation than this --Record Collector

Someone somewhere may well one day chance upon this release and find that it changes their life --Wire

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duty then for the future 28 Jun 2013
By Runmentionable TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Copyright laws being what they are, quite a few budget-priced compilations of early electronica have reached the market in recent years. This is probably the best, for three reasons.

First up, it's just outstanding value for money. Three CDs for twelve of our English pounds is a monstrously good deal in these straitened times.

Second reason: it's beautifully done, and comes across as a real labour of love. The packaging design gets just the right balance between irony and affection for yesterday's hypermodernism, and the hugely informative liner notes by compiler Kris Needs are a model of clarity and enthusiasm, with none of the self-importance that sometimes plagues writing about experimental music.

Finally, it's brilliantly eclectic. The usual suspects (Stockhausen, Xenakis, Varese, Schaeffer, the Barrons et al) are present and correct but there are appearances from many less well-known composers, Sun Ra, exotica's own Martin Denny, and Hollywood soundtrack fave Miklos Rosza. We also get the brilliantly eerie Movement VI of the Turangalila Symphonie from Olivier Messiaen, who was the godfather of all these mad, brilliant sounds but who is rarely highlighted on compilations like this. And there's a big slice of work from Joe Meek, which fits in surprisingly well with all the more hifalutin' stuff.

Oh, and it's a great listen (though, like me, you may find it's better to play it when you're the only one in the house, in the interests of domestic harmony). The music is surprisingly diverse and accomplished given how primitive the technology is by contemporary standards, and it's all so damned imaginative. And compared to today's domesticated and familiar electronica, it all sounds remarkably raw, wild and daring. In that sense, this is still the music of an almost unimaginable future.
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