(LINK REMOVED 04/13/2010)
During my freshman year of college I took an incredibly interesting music history class that covered everything from Gregorian Chant to the modern garbage we hear on the radio. And yes, that's how it was presented to us. We discussed early experimental music/sound from people like Luigi Russolo and Kurt Schwitters, Dadaism, tonality, and early tape manipulations. We listened to a track from 1982 called "John Somebody" which utilized tape looping and splicing. A few bands from the 60s/70s dabbled with splicing, such as White Noise, Silver Apples, United States of America, and The Beatles, but not quite to this extent. "John Somebody" forms a rhythm by looping a sample of a woman saying "the-he was a-he's a sort of a" and is accompanied by some pretty unusual guitar work. I've been looking for this since 2003, but never knew the composer's name until I noticed this release from John Zorn's Tzadik label yesterday. Experimentation and looping like this in the pre-digital age will never cease to amaze me. This is more of an interesting album than an enjoyable one, but if music is more than just recreational for you, this is an essential listen.