Friday, March 23, 2007


Given that The Theater Of Eternal Music were mapping the topography of extended trance music for drug addled freaks as early as 1962, it should perhaps not be so surprising to find that the same cross disciplinary pollination that led to the collaboration of Theater Of Eternal Music percussionist (and one time Velvet Underground member) Angus Maclise with various sectors of the New York underground film world of the time would mirror many similar encounters with avant garde musicians, most of it undocumented and lost to history. One such slice of heretofore-thought-lost material of this sort is the soundtrack for Yayoi Kusama's film "Self Obliteration", with an improvised cosmic score supplied by this loosely yoked together mob of odd ducks. What is so specifically disorienting about the musical doings of both Maclise and Citizens For Interplanetary Activity during this era is that it so uncannily presages the work that krautrockers would be feted for a few years hence. If Maclise's Invasion Of Thunderbolt Pagoda sounded like early Popol Vuh in a shoebox, Citizens For Interplanetary Activity sound like they took a journey through a burning brain 3 full years before Froese, Schulze and Schnitzler would stake their claim to this fried form of psychotropic musical distention on Tangerine Dream's debut. A staggering artifact from a scene with precious little existing musical documentation.

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gd said...

holy sh*t!
cant wait to hear this, never knew it existed.

Ryan Shepard said...

I saw the film screened at the Katzen Arts Center a few months ago + was
really intrigued by the soundtrack -
Mutant Sounds continues to amaze :)

Anonymous said...

Unknown said...

Very good to see that this "out there album" from back then is here now again and going somewhere with out end.

The late Winston Hardy is my father. He made a ranting biography (3W) just before he passed away in 2000. I will post it on you tube as soon as possible.

Thanks for the link to the past so that we can see better where we may be going.