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This journey into sound now ends at the beginning—with the history lesson of “OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music.”

I’ve always endeavored to present this blog as part club and part classroom. In the end, I hope that MOD has at least served as a warehouse (rave) of memories from nights long gone.

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I offer my most sincere gratitude to the blog’s many generous contributors and all supporters in the MOD community.

Goodbye and stay well.

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OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music

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Various Artists
“OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music 1948-1980”
2000 Ellipsis Arts (US)
CD3670

1.01 Clara Rockmore – Valse Sentimentale
1.02 Olivier Messiaen – Oraison
1.03 Pierre Schaeffer – Etude Aux Chemins De Fer
1.04 John Cage – Williams Mix
1.05 Herbert Eimert & Robert Beyer – Klangstudie II
1.06 Otto Luening – Low Speed
1.07 Hugh Le Caine – Dripsody
1.08 Louis And Bebe Barron – Main Title from “Forbidden Planet”
1.09 Oskar Sala – Concertando Rubato
1.10 Edgard Varèse – Poeme Electronique
1.11 Richard Maxfield – Sine Music (A Swarm Of Butterflies)
1.12 Tod Dockstader – Apocalypse (Part 2)
1.13 Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kontakte (Edit)
1.14 Vladimir Ussachevsky – Wireless Fantasy
1.15 Milton Babbitt – Phonemena For Soprano And Piano
1.16 Musica Elettronica Viva – Spacecraft (Edit)

2.01 Raymond Scott – Cindy Electronium
2.02 Steve Reich – Pendulum Music
2.03 Pauline Oliveros – Bye Bye Butterfly
2.04 Joji Yuasa – Projection Esemplastic For White Noise
2.05 Morton Subotnick – Silver Apples Of The Moon (Part 1 – Edit)
2.06 David Tudor – Rainforest (Version 1 – Edit)
2.07 Terry Riley – Poppy Nogood (Edit)
2.08 Holger Czukay – Boat-Woman-Song (Edit)
2.09 Luc Ferrari – Music Promenade (Edit)
2.10 François Bayle – Rosace 3 from ‘Vibrations Composées’
2.11 Jean-Claude Risset – Mutations (Edit)
2.12 Iannis Xenakis – Hibiki-Hana-Ma (Edit)
2.13 La Monte Young – Excerpt 3169 C. 12:17:22-12:25:33 PM NYC

3.01 Charles Dodge – He Destroyed Her Image
3.02 Paul Lansky – Her Song
3.03 Laurie Spiegel – Appalachian Grove I
3.04 Bernard Parmegiani – En Phase / Hors Phase
3.05 David Behrman – On The Other Ocean (Edit)
3.06 John Chowning – Stria (Edit)
3.07 Maryanne Amacher – Living Sound (Edit)
3.08 Robert Ashley – Automatic Writing (Edit)
3.09 Alvin Curran – Canti Illuminati (Edit)
3.10 Alvin Lucier – Music On A Long Thin Wire (Edit)
3.11 Klaus Schulze – Melange
3.12 Jon Hassell – Before And After Charm (La Notte)
3.13 Brian Eno – Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hills)

How did the bleeps and blips begin, you ask? Presented today for your academic enlightenment is “OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music”, a collection that chronicles the development of electronic music during the 20th century. Granted, some of the selections may sound merely like random noises; however, it’s the techniques used to create those noises that make these recordings historically relevant.

Note: CD 1, track 15 is supposed to be an excerpt from Milton Babbit’s 1964 composition “Philomel.” Unfortunately, one of Babbit’s later, non-electronic compositions, “Phonemena For Soprano And Piano”, is incorrectly included instead.

Animal Liberation

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Various Artists
“Animal Liberation”
1987 Wax Trax! Records (US)
WAXCD 025

01 < International Intro >
02 Nina Hagen & Lene Lovich – Don’t Kill The Animals
03 < Civil Disobedience Is Civil Defence >
04 Attrition – Monkey In A Bin
05 Chris & Cosey – Silent Cry
06 < Lab Dialogue >
07 Lene Lovich – Supernature
08 < Life Community >
09 The Colourfield – Cruel Circus
10 Luc Van Acker – Hunter
11 Shriekback – Hanging Fire
12 Captain Sensible – Wot? No Meat!
13 < Meat Farmer >
14 Howard Jones – Assault & Battery

Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.

①②③④: Punk & New Wave 1976-1979

MCD 60066 CD 1

①②③④: Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 (CD 1)

01 The Clash – Complete Control
02 Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK
03 The Damned – New Rose
04 Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
05 The Lurkers – Shadow
06 Eater – Thinkin’ Of The USA
07 The Nosebleeds – Ain’t Bin To No Music School
08 Sham 69 – Borstal Breakout
09 Suburban Studs – I Hate School
10 Menace – G.L.C.
11 The Adverts – One Chord Wonders
12 Chelsea – Right To Work
13 The Killjoys – Johnny Won’t Get To Heaven
14 The Drones – Bone Idol
15 Slaughter And The Dogs – Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone
16 UK Subs – C.I.D.
17 The Wasps – Can’t Wait ‘Til ’78
18 Subway Sect – Ambition
19 The Saints – (I’m) Stranded
20 Buzzcocks – Orgasm Addict

MCD 60066 CD 2

①②③④: Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 (CD 2)

01 The Jam – In The City
02 Generation X – Your Generation
03 The Boys – First Time
04 The Stranglers – (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
05 Penetration – Don’t Dictate
06 The Ruts – In A Rut
07 Rudi – Big Time
08 Protex – Don’t Ring Me Up
09 The Outcasts – Justa Nother Teenage Rebel
10 The Members – Solitary Confinement
11 999 – Emergency
12 Leyton Buzzards – 19 & Mad
13 Notsensibles – I’m In Love With Margaret Thatcher
14 Riff Raff – Romford Girls
15 The Users – Sick Of You
16 The Nips – Gabrielle
17 The Mekons – Where Were You
18 Angelic Upstarts – The Murder of Liddle Towers
19 X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage Up Yours!
20 Skids – Sweet Suburbia
21 Radiators From Space – Television Screen
22 Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster
23 The Undertones – Teenage Kicks

MCD 60066 CD 3

①②③④: Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 (CD 3)

01 Eddie And The Hot Rods – Teenage Depression
02 Rich Kids – Rich Kids
03 The Vibrators – Baby Baby
04 Yachts – Suffice To Say
05 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner
06 Klark Kent – Don’t Care
07 Radio Stars – Nervous Wreck
08 Tom Robinson Band – Up Against The Wall
09 Nick Lowe – So It Goes
10 Larry Wallis – Police Car
11 Johnny Moped – Hard Lovin’ Man
12 The Flys – Love And A Molotov Cocktail
13 Spizzenergi – Where’s Captain Kirk
14 The Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
15 The Dictators – Search & Destroy
16 The Heartbreakers – Born To Lose
17 Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance
18 The Electric Chairs – Fuck Off
19 Dead Kennedys – California Über Alles

MCD 60066 CD 4

①②③④: Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 (CD 4)

01 Richard Hell & The Voidoids – (I Belong To The) Blank Generation
02 The Cure – 10:15 Saturday Night
03 Blondie – Rip Her To Shreds
04 Rezillos – I Can’t Stand My Baby
05 Snatch – All I Want
06 The Boomtown Rats – Looking After No. 1
07 Squeeze – Take Me I’m Yours
08 Ian Dury And The Blockheads – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
09 Mink DeVille – Spanish Stroll
10 Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him
11 Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World
12 Television Personalities – Part Time Punks
13 Patrik Fitzgerald – Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart
14 Johnny Thunders – You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
15 John Cooper Clarke – Psycle Sluts
16 Jilted John – Jilted John
17 Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias – Kill
18 The Dickies – Paranoid

MCD 60066 CD 5

①②③④: Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 (CD 5)

01 Public Image Limited – Public Image
02 Joy Division – Warsaw
03 Siouxsie & The Banshees – The Staircase (Mystery)
04 Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods
05 Au Pairs – You
06 Alternative TV – How Much Longer
07 Swell Maps – Read About Seymour
08 Adam And The Ants – Young Parisians
09 The Monochrome Set – The Monochrome Set
10 The Pop Group – We Are All Prostitutes
11 The Slits – Typical Girls
12 Wire – Mannequin
13 Magazine – Shot By Both Sides
14 XTC – Science Friction
15 The Table – Do The Standing Still
16 The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
17 Ultravox – Young Savage
18 Punishment Of Luxury – Puppet Life
19 Devo – Jocko Homo
20 Television – Marquee Moon

Click here to view packaging for both editions of this box set.

This year, the UK is celebrating the 40th anniversary of punk. While the origins and foundations of punk predate 1976, that year is generally acknowledged as the period during which the subculture exploded. With bands forming throughout the UK, legendary live shows taking place, and the first recordings being released, 1976 was a crucial and influential time for punk. Arguably the best box set of its kind, “①②③④: Punk & New Wave 1976-1979” collects key recordings from the punk and early post-punk era.

On this date in music history—two very important gigs were staged on 4 July 1976: Ramones supported protopunk band Flamin’ Groovies at The Roundhouse in London; and The Clash made their live debut opening for Sex Pistols at the Black Swan in Sheffield.

And for all the house heads grumbling that you can’t dance to punk, I offer two fingers in response, and remind you of the pogo.

PUNK.LONDON

VC Recordings Sampler

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Various Artists
“VC Recordings Sampler”
1997 VC Recordings (UK)
VCSAM 1

01 Tin Tin Out – All I Wanna Do (Radio Edit)
02 Tall Paul – Rock Da House (Original Mix)
03 Summer Daze – Samba Magic (Original Mix Edit)
04 Jayn Hanna – Lost Without You (Evolution’s Radio Mix)
05 Bullitt – Cried To Dream (James Reid’s Radio Edit)
06 The Heartists – Belo Horizonti (Brix Edit)
07 Indian Vibes – Mathar (Discovery Of India Mix)
08 Bullitt – Bitter Crop
09 The Ethics – La Luna (Original)
10 D*Note – Coming Up
11 Nikita Warren – I Need You (Basement Jaxx Mix)
12 Summer Daze – Samba Magic (Abstract Mix)

This promotional sampler showcases the fruits of Virgin Records dance label VC Recordings. The majority of the selections are available elsewhere; however, the two tracks by Bullitt are worthy of attention. James Reid’s ‘Radio Edit’ of “Cried To Dream” is not included on the single release, and “Bitter Crop”—described as a “yet to be released single” in the insert—is exclusive to this CD.

Arkham Asylum + Ohmna

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Sasha
“Arkham Asylum + Ohmna”
1996 Deconstruction (UK)
74321 43402 2

01 Arkham Asylum
02 Ohmna

Clearly not seeking to repeat the chart success of “Be As One”, Sasha’s follow-up release comprises two lengthy prog house excursions. Sasha would later recycle elements of “Arkham Asylum” into “The Other Side”, which is, err, the other side of Maria Nayler’s 1997 single, “Naked And Sacred.”

Be As One

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Sasha
“Be As One”
1996 Deconstruction (UK)
74321 34296 2

01 Be As One (Radio Edit)
02 Heart Of Imagination (Edit)
03  Be As One (12″ Mix)

Sasha’s UK Top 20 hit “Be As One” features the lilting vocals of Maria Nayler. Brilliant B-side “Heart Of Imagination” is a collaboration with Brian Transeau; unfortunately, the track is savagely edited on the CD single.

Magic

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Sasha
“Magic”
1994 Deconstruction (UK)
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01 Magic (Radio Mix)
02 Magic (Sasha’s Black Magic Mix)
03 Magic (Sasha’s Voodoo Dub)
04 Magic (Junior’s Factory Mix)
05 Magic (Way Out West Mix)
06 Magic (Pob’s Seismix)*
07 Magic (John Digweed’s 3D Mix)
08 Higher Ground (Big Brother’s Mix)

*Bonus track not on original CD release

Sasha once again enlisted Sam Mollison for vocal duties on “Magic”, the follow-up single to “Higher Ground.”

The Qat Collection

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Sasha
“The Qat Collection”
1994 Deconstruction (UK)
74321 19196 2

01 Minimal Qat
02 Magic
03 Animal Qat
04 Higher Ground
05 Vegetable Qat
06 [As If By] Magic (Dub)

Alexander Coe’s first full-length release is not a proper album, but more a lengthy EP. With Sasha still finding his way around a studio at the time, collaborators Tom Frederikse and Gaëtan Schurrer contributed significantly to the productions. “The Qat Collection” includes previously released single “Higher Ground”, two versions of “Magic”, and three lengthy instrumental experiments; “Higher Ground” and Magic” both feature Sam Mollison on vocals. Later in 1994, Deconstruction issued a second version of “The Qat Collection” with alternate tracks from the “Magic” single.

Higher Ground

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Sasha
“Higher Ground”
1994 Deconstruction (UK)
74321 18900 2

01 Higher Ground (Radio Mix)
02 Higher Ground (Main Club Mix)
03 Higher Ground (The Oz Dub)

Sasha’s debut single for Deconstruction, “Higher Ground”, features vocalist Sam Mollison.