Friday, July 18, 2008

MIKE LANGLIE-TWINK, CD, 2002, USA





A perfect companion piece to the Gangpol Und Mit EP also posted today ('cause I suddenly can't seem to get enough absurdity in my aural diet), from this Indiana-based electronic musician and illustrator. The soundtrack to the children's story book it accompanies, this CD corrals together a raft of eccentric and toy instruments and crafts them into waggish little vignettes fashioned from optigans, autoharps, accordians, theremins, xylophones, banjos, musical saws and hurdy-gurdys (to name just a few) and various toys. Less bent and more naif then Gangpol Und Mit's similarly oriented material (accompanying correspondingly less bizarre imagery), this is still a seriously fun grab bag of technicolor aural geegaws.

Get pt. 1 Here

Get pt. 2 Here

8 comments:

Mike Langlie said...

Hi there,

1. I'm actually from NY and live in Boston. Dyspepsidisc who originally released the disc was in Indiana.

2. I hope people actually buy the disc and book instead of just downloading it for free here. It cost me quite a bit of money to produce (which I have yet to make back) and is still in print and for sale through my site: http://twink.net

vdoandsound said...

Hi Mike,

I wasn't aware that this was still available, as Aquarius was the only place I've ever seen it available and I waited 'til they listed it as being unavailable before sharing it. I'll happily remove it if you don't approve of it being posted, though methinks it's presence here could turn a lot of otherwise unaware folks on to your great work. Your call. For what it's worth, I strongly encourage all readers here to pick up an original. It's a lovely thing.

Andrew said...

Thanks you!! Ive been looking for this album ever since the artist Anaphylaxis shared a few songs with me, but its very hard to find because of the artists name.. (Just try googling "twink." haha)

Great post!

Anonymous said...

I remember this got mailed to my college radio station when it came out. Great package, nice to look at, and pretty cool funky music too. Got a lot of play because it is better than most stuff.

qxbear said...

I bought this on iTunes the other day.

Anonymous said...

Umm. I think if the artist requested that take it down, then do so.

vdoandsound said...

anonymous-I specifically asked Mike Langlie (see my comment above) if he wanted me to take it down, which I'm more than happy to do, but there's been no reply. His initial comment merely said that he hopes people will still buy the original if it's made available for download here. One could argue that it might actually benefit sales rather than harm them in the case of an artist whose work hasn't received a great deal of publicity, especially when the original is an elaborate and beautiful collectible artifact. I'd take it down in a heartbeat if he requested me to do so, as I would with any artist whose work appears here if they asked me to.

Mike Langlie said...

Hi, Mike again.

Yeah, Eric got right back to me after my comment. I agree with what he said, sites like these are most likely a good way for people to find out about otherwise completely obscure bands and hard to find material that deserves a listen.

I'm not asking for it to be taken down. My main purpose in making music is to get it heard. But also being a designer, half of the project is the packaging. For that reason I hope people buy the disc. Otherwise I'm all for sharing, I have no illusions of making a living off of this.

Plus, I'm a long-time reader of this blog. I've found a good deal of new and interesting artists and stuff I've been seeking for ages. I know first-hand that it's about exploring strange new worlds of sound and not stealing. At least I hope it is. :)

Mike