Obtained during a period in the 90's when tracking down obscure gallery edition albums (the sort of thing covered in the book Broken Music) seemed like a worthwhile pursuit, before one too many albums of guys rolling ballbearings around on gallery floors drove me toward more fruitful sonic pastures. This was one of the few keepers from that period, though. This live recording of deeply odd surrealist atmospheres is conjured from some pretty humble ingredients (spare detuned piano chords, open oxygen tank valves hissing and birds singing in contact miked cages, for starters) and realized by Christiansen, legendary fluxus artist Nam June Paik and (via telephone link) even more legendary visual/performance artist Joseph Beuys. Enigmatic and highly compelling work that is as difficult to parse as it is to deny.
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