Plunderphonics 69/96

Plunderphonics

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Plunderphonics 69/96 Review

by François Couture

This is it: the ultimate collection of John Oswald's Plunderphonics. All the missing pieces, all the essentials, and all the tracks that executives of the record industry tried to erase are included on this two-CD box set. Oswald has been working on his techniques and esthetics of sound collaging since 1969, but was mostly active in this field during the late '80s/early '90s. He pushed the notion of sound collage to an artistic level barely imagined before him, while raising a number of issues on plagiarism and the notion of copyright. Here, all the tracks listeners have heard about but were never able to find have been gathered, along with excerpts from works that remain available elsewhere. Disc one focuses on songs (i.e., tracks in which lyrics [or at least syllables and phonemes] play a part): from the cannibalized Carly Simon/Faster Pussycat "Vane" to the androgynous voice of Dolly Parton ("Pretender," where she sings a duet with a slower version of herself) and the infamous "Dab," a reworking of Michael Jackson's "Bad." Disc two is comprised of tunes, where the sonic material comes from classical, jazz, and more. Highlights include the revised "Sunrise" from Richard Strauss' "Also Spracht Zarathustra" (titled "Z24"), the three "Birth" pieces, and the exhilarating "Mach," where the Kronos Quartet battles with a heavy metal band. The cut-up hörspiel "Case of Death" acts like a bridge between the two discs. Record collectors who managed to put a hand on the shortly available original recordings can breathe -- most of the tracks show slight differences, such as remixing, editing, and sequencing. All pieces segue, sometimes with tricky interludes hidden in the index of the CD track. The 48-page book accompanying the set contains historical and technical comments from the composer for each of the 62 pieces. Ending in 1996, like Greyfolded: 1969-1996, this collection is definitive and closes a very important cycle in Oswald's musical activities. Plunderphonics 69/96 is must-have for any serious avant-garde fan.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:56 Amazon
2
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:46 Amazon
3
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:39 Amazon
4
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:24 Amazon
5
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 04:18 Amazon
6
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:20 Amazon
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Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:00 Amazon
8
Z
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:20 Amazon
9 Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:41 Amazon
10
Way
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:48 Amazon
11
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:31 Amazon
12
Ebb
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:35 Amazon
13
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:19 Amazon
14
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:30 Amazon
15
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:56 Amazon
16
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:14 Amazon
17
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:13 Amazon
18
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:29 Amazon
19
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:59 Amazon
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Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:48 Amazon
21
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:34 Amazon
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Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:51 Amazon
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Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 04:24 Amazon
24
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:01 Amazon
25
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:56 Amazon
26
Dab
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 07:12 Amazon
27
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 05:59 Amazon
28
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:32 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:18 Amazon
2
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:54 Amazon
3
X24
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:53 Amazon
4
Net
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:28 Amazon
5
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:13 Amazon
6
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:53 Amazon
7
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:05 Amazon
8
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:14 Amazon
9
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:55 Amazon
10
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 04:26 Amazon
11
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:09 Amazon
12
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:09 Amazon
13
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:09 Amazon
14
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:16 Amazon
15
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:46 Amazon
16
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:54 Amazon
17
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 00:24 Amazon
18
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:34 Amazon
19
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:13 Amazon
20
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:59 Amazon
21
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:10 Amazon
22
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 04:02 Amazon
23
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:02 Amazon
24
7th
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:06 Amazon
25
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 02:32 Amazon
26
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:49 Amazon
27
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:18 Amazon
28
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:38 Amazon
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Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:22 Amazon
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Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 01:07 Amazon
31
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 06:17 Amazon
32
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 11:04 Amazon
33
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 04:30 Amazon
34
Plunderphonics feat: John Oswald 03:53 Amazon
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