Plunderphonics

Plunderphonics 69/96

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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
feat: John Oswald
00:56 Amazon
2
feat: John Oswald
03:46 Amazon
3
feat: John Oswald
03:39 Amazon
4
feat: John Oswald
01:24 Amazon
5
feat: John Oswald
04:18 Amazon
6
feat: John Oswald
03:20 Amazon
7
feat: John Oswald
02:00 Amazon
8
feat: John Oswald
00:20 Amazon
9
feat: John Oswald
02:41 Amazon
10
feat: John Oswald
02:48 Amazon
11
feat: John Oswald
00:31 Amazon
12
feat: John Oswald
02:35 Amazon
13
feat: John Oswald
02:19 Amazon
14
feat: John Oswald
02:30 Amazon
15
feat: John Oswald
01:56 Amazon
16
feat: John Oswald
01:14 Amazon
17
feat: John Oswald
00:13 Amazon
18
feat: John Oswald
02:29 Amazon
19
feat: John Oswald
00:59 Amazon
20
feat: John Oswald
01:48 Amazon
21
feat: John Oswald
03:34 Amazon
22
feat: John Oswald
02:51 Amazon
23
feat: John Oswald
04:24 Amazon
24
feat: John Oswald
02:01 Amazon
25
feat: John Oswald
03:56 Amazon
26
feat: John Oswald
07:12 Amazon
27
feat: John Oswald
05:59 Amazon
28
feat: John Oswald
02:32 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: John Oswald
03:18 Amazon
2
feat: John Oswald
00:54 Amazon
3
feat: John Oswald
01:53 Amazon
4
feat: John Oswald
01:28 Amazon
5
feat: John Oswald
01:13 Amazon
6
feat: John Oswald
01:53 Amazon
7
feat: John Oswald
00:05 Amazon
8
feat: John Oswald
01:14 Amazon
9
feat: John Oswald
00:55 Amazon
10
feat: John Oswald
04:26 Amazon
11
feat: John Oswald
00:09 Amazon
12
feat: John Oswald
00:09 Amazon
13
feat: John Oswald
00:09 Amazon
14
feat: John Oswald
00:16 Amazon
15
feat: John Oswald
00:46 Amazon
16
feat: John Oswald
01:54 Amazon
17
feat: John Oswald
00:24 Amazon
18
feat: John Oswald
03:34 Amazon
19
feat: John Oswald
03:13 Amazon
20
feat: John Oswald
01:59 Amazon
21
feat: John Oswald
02:10 Amazon
22
feat: John Oswald
04:02 Amazon
23
feat: John Oswald
03:02 Amazon
24
feat: John Oswald
03:06 Amazon
25
feat: John Oswald
02:32 Amazon
26
feat: John Oswald
03:49 Amazon
27
feat: John Oswald
01:18 Amazon
28
feat: John Oswald
01:38 Amazon
29
feat: John Oswald
01:22 Amazon
30
feat: John Oswald
01:07 Amazon
31
feat: John Oswald
06:17 Amazon
32
feat: John Oswald
11:04 Amazon
33
feat: John Oswald
04:30 Amazon
34
feat: John Oswald
03:53 Amazon
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