John Oswald

Power (1975), 7th (1988), More from the Case of Death, by Agatha Smith (1991), Urge/Man

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In the collection Musicworks #60 are several bright-eyed, often humorous and hard-edged, yet always-intriguing short "plunderphonic" pieces built from intricately timed sampled soundbites from contemporary recorded culture. Not simply collages, Oswald playfully makes a whole and subtle new music of his own (much as Warhol created a new way of seeing from the baggage of pop imagery) while seriously de-constructing many of the in-grown icons that propel society. Oswald's sense of rhythmic intercutting and timbre modulation is virtuosic, and the result of a lot of intensive work. And, incidentally, "More from the Case of Death, by Agatha Smith" will leave you in stitches, rolling on the floor, etc.