John Zorn

Locus Solus

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This captures over an hour's worth of John Zorn's search for the improvised song form. Several lineups from 1983 are documented here. The first eight tracks feature Zorn with Christian Marclay spinning and Peter Blegvad speaking. The text is unremarkable (for example, Honey-Cab's "...tell her everything I know/ In ink as black as carbon/ On paper white as snow"), but Blegvad's sonorous delivery works well with the chaos that the other two musicians spit and spin out, combining into tides of noisy mischief. Tracks 9-15 find Zorn with Arto Lindsay providing lyrics and guitar, and Anton Fier on drums. Zorn squawks and spurts an array of sounds, from birdcall to babydoll. M.E. Miller replaces Fier on drums for the next set, which features a driving rock beat. This is followed by eight pieces from Zorn, Wayne Horvitz, and Ikue Mori. The final fifth of the album captures the walloping interplay of Zorn, Miller, and turntablist Whiz Kid. Overall, an album of short, angular, experimental energy tracks.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:57 Amazon
2 1:33 Amazon
3 2:33 Amazon
4 2:15 Amazon
5 2:11 Amazon
6 2:02 Amazon
7 2:00 Amazon
8 1:41 Amazon
9 1:51 Amazon
10 1:50 Amazon
11 1:51 Amazon
12 2:15 Amazon
13 1:31 Amazon
14 0:58 Amazon
15 2:16 Amazon
16 1:17 Amazon
17 1:22 Amazon
18 1:10 Amazon
19 1:14
20 1:43 Amazon
21 1:49 Amazon
22 1:04 Amazon
23
1:47 Amazon
24
1:06 Amazon
25
2:11 Amazon
26
1:59 Amazon
27
1:38 Amazon
28
1:45 Amazon
29
2:13 Amazon
30
2:11 Amazon
31
2:06 Amazon
32
2:06 Amazon
33
1:48 Amazon
34
1:40 Amazon
35
1:23 Amazon
36
1:43 Amazon
37
1:30 Amazon
38
2:05 Amazon
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