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4.0 out of 5 stars When You Cut Into The Present, The Future Leaks Out
With most of the available William S. Burroughs CDs consisting mostly of him reading his novels (often set to music), this excellent disc provides a rare glimpse into the author's earlier 1960s experiments with tape cut-ups. Originally released in 1986, this compilation resurrects many tapes that haven't seen the light of day in a long time, and the inconsistent audio...
Published on 27 April 2000 by Michael Sean

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3.0 out of 5 stars uneven collection but historically valuable
If you remove the low-fi fragments of music recorded in Morocco ("Jojuka") you have here 11 tracks totaling 38 minutes. Some are the famous Burroughs "routines", dark droll comedy that ended up in several of his early novels. "Burroughs Called the Law" is a classic. Others, like "Origin and Theory of the Tape Cut-Ups" are lecture snippets that shed light on the structural...
Published on 18 Dec 2006 by Robin Parmar


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When You Cut Into The Present, The Future Leaks Out, 27 April 2000
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Michael Sean (Seattle, WA - US) - See all my reviews
With most of the available William S. Burroughs CDs consisting mostly of him reading his novels (often set to music), this excellent disc provides a rare glimpse into the author's earlier 1960s experiments with tape cut-ups. Originally released in 1986, this compilation resurrects many tapes that haven't seen the light of day in a long time, and the inconsistent audio quality often reflects that. The selections display the various techniques used by Burroughs and Brion Gysin, such as cut-ups, 'inching', and the 'drop-in method.' There are also excerpts from a lecture at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, a performance at the ICA in London, and archived recordings courtesy of the University of Kansas libraries. "Sound Piece," "K-9 Was In Combat," and "Silver Smoke of Dreams" were made with Ian Sommerville. Four snippets from a live tape Burroughs made at the 1973 Joujouka Festival in Morocco are also interspersed between the tracks. Although the sound on many of the pieces suffers a bit from the limits and age of the original tapes, the material collected here is priceless. For fans of the man's work this collection is certainly worth getting a hold of.
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3.0 out of 5 stars uneven collection but historically valuable, 18 Dec 2006
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If you remove the low-fi fragments of music recorded in Morocco ("Jojuka") you have here 11 tracks totaling 38 minutes. Some are the famous Burroughs "routines", dark droll comedy that ended up in several of his early novels. "Burroughs Called the Law" is a classic. Others, like "Origin and Theory of the Tape Cut-Ups" are lecture snippets that shed light on the structural methods he used. Most are examples of the tape experiments themselves, from as early as 1960. These are historical documents of importance to anyone who was unaware that Burroughs worked in audio as well as written cut-up techniques. Unfortunately, this collection is notably inferior to the out-of-print album "Nothing Here Now But The Recordings". Tracks here like "Working with the Popular Forces" are not a patch on the stunning "We See The Future Through The Binoculars Of The People", for example. That superior album was included in its entirety in the Giorno Poetry Systems boxed set "The Best Of William Burroughs", but that is also out of print! Still, try to track down one or the other.
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