Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Folkways (1967)

Folkways is my favorite label, ever. Amazing in the sheer range of audio content, and the cover designs by Ronald Clyne from the 60's & 70's are just incredible. The simple label design reflects the crisp, budget-conscious utilitarianism of Moe Asch that was responsible for keeping this fantastic label afloat on seemingly no revenue.

This record has some nice electronic compositions from the University of Toronto. One track, Dripsody, is composed out of manipulated sounds of water drips. However, there's one real keeper on this record: Inferno by Victor Grauer. Wow is this a trip. Crazy tape-manipulated voices from what sounds like a cowboy movie. I haven't come across recordings of any other compositions by Grauer, but this track alone makes this Folkways worth looking for. The Clyne cover art is also great.

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