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History of Unheard Music

Hear Us Again For Whatever Reason (LP)

Label: Les Giants

Format: LP

Genre: Experimental

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Created with sampling keyboards and DIY recordings techniques, The History of Unheard Music's soundscape is a heap of rubble to be scavenged. Their tracks are collages of references that are impossible to place. Brilliance and weirdness. Radical and adventurous. Easily some of the most unique and engaging sound works produced during the '80s.

Tip! *Limited edition of 250 copies. Silkscreen cover with insert*  The History of Unheard Music hail from lower Manhattan and were born at the absolute dawn of the 1980s. The founders, Books Williams, Charlie Mendoza and Beo Morales combined their individual and common interests in music from all periods and of all cultures, active analytic listening, state-of-the-art music technology and low-tech devices. These interests were applied to highly developed composition and raw free-form improvisation.

Access to the then nascent computer aided compositional tools of sampling and synthesis, pre-and-post MIDI sequencing, and a fearless appetite for sound-as-event, synthesizing historical styles, formats, sonic triggers, and traditions allowed them to strike a nerve in the listener resulting in responses ranging from confusion and bewilderment to appreciation, inspiration and beyond. A neutral response to the music or the live performances was not an option.

We got the blissful pleasure of compiling an unheard selection of some works of this mind-boggling New York band. All tracks were sourced from the 1984-85 hidden tapes and LPs: “History of Unheard Music” on Staalplaat, “Drop It” on Harmonic Ranch, and “Chapter One” on Rockgarage Records. Music that ranges exclusively in the absurd. Art-rock, Grotesque comedian pop, bouncing sounds from post-world influences and electronic proto-dance, pure avant-garde. We are on an empirical stage, complex sound-theatre scenarios, a mere projection on a thin, labile thread of reality and surrealism.

Hear Us Again for Whatever Reason” touches hidden chords in a decomposed and critical message towards a dimensional state of total disorientation against the established order, and is an amazing document from an amazing time period.

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Cat. number: LES 007
Year: 2024