[CP 034-144 CD] Greek Electronic Music - 1, Ελληνική Ηλεκτρονική Μουσική - 1, Works of Electronic Music, Εταιρία Νέας Μουσικής+Creel Pone
CP 034-144 CD
Double Compact Disc-Recordable Set
2021 reédition of easily the most prized Creel Pone from the series' embryonic phase; now compiling both CP 034 CD, "Greek Electronic Music-1, Ελληνική Ηλεκτρονική Μουσική - 1" (EMI / Odeon / His Master's Voice Greece, 1974) and CP 144 CD, "Works Of Electronic Music, Εταιρία Νέας Μουσικής" (Diski «ΕΤ.ΝΕ.Μ.» / Εταιρία Νέας Μουσικής, 1985) across two discs, and, as an added bonus, the three incredible Michael Gregoriou, Μιχάλης Γρηγορίου pieces from the 1985 "Antitheseis" ("Αντιθέσεις") compilation LP (also Diski «ΕΤ.ΝΕ.Μ.» / Εταιρία Νέας Μουσικής, 1985) to round out the second disc! Comes with a 4-panel reproduction of the "Εταιρία Νέας Μουσικής" booklet!
[CP 034] Jeeeezus ... so here’s just about the best record ever, a collection of late 60s pieces from 6 Hellenic composers, only one of which even rates a single listing in the Hugh Davies book, Michael Adamis. See that on the cover? it’s the patch-bay of an EMS VCS3, arguably the most legendary & covetable analogue synthesizer. Here is an exchange that I’ve fabricated as a possible explanation of how this record came to be:
Adamis: “I’ve just come back from London and look what i have: it’s an EMS VCS3. It’s a(n) Electronic Sound Synthesizer.”
Adamis’ five closest Composer-friends: “Let us each compose one piece using said Electronic Sound Synthesizer, mixing insane Analogian noises with Concrète sounds, Greek traditional music, and other sundry sound-detritus all while refusing to cease or even slow down the intake of various native spores that make us see colors that really don’t exist in earth’s spectrum.”
Greek branch of major label EMI to Adamis: “In other parts of the world, major-label record companies are releasing LPs of local Electronic Music. Electronic Music is the next big youth trend and we wish to capitalize on it. Using our secret-spy practices we’ve learned that you’ve recently acquired an Electronic Sound Synthesizer. Please present us with six examples of this so-called Electronic Music by yourself and your 5 closest Composer-friends... and please can I take a few of those spores back to the office?”
... and so the rest is now history - the LP came out in 1967, sold 20 copies, the rest were destroyed, only to have those fateful 20 re-surface almost 40 years later on eBay and sell for $$$ - and so the cycle remains unbroken until Mr. P.C. C.P. steps in, spends $$$ on ink-jet cartridges and paper, and reproduces so many copies of this fateful artifact for the sensible connoisseur - and how this sensible connoisseur is rewarded? The ways are infinite.
[CP 144] Something of a “companion” volume to the “Greek Electronic Music -1” compilation (one of the most popular & enduring entries in the early Creel Pone reprography) issued a decade later, comprised of late-70s & mid-80s works by a successive generation of “capsule-intakers” as they transition from the “analogue world” into the digital era,
Four pieces from four different composers: Thanos Mikroutsikos (whose “La Frere” is the token ensemble-sound work amidst the otherwise purely electronic offerings, mixing smoke-addled string cloudings w/ distant, gained reverb-bath scraping ala Andre Almuro), Ivan Patachich (oddly, the Hungarian-national composer, whose “Moog Fantasy” was actually composed at Hungarian radio in Budapest - no idea why it’s here, thematically, but it’s a great set of glorpy Moog miniatures culminating in some amazing Minimal-Synth beats towards the end), Charis Xanthoudakis (glassine digitally-stuttering “Stuck Buffer” carousel & music box plunderphonics with vocal interruptions), and Mladen Milicevic (ditto the Bosnian composer working at his “Private” studio, whose “Patterns” introduces itself as a sparse set of Digital-FM “tine” timbres, slowly gaining in volume & intensity before receding back into silence).
A great comp, as diverse & zonked as they get. This Creel Pone replica perfectly recreates the look & feel of the O.G. object, and includes a reproduction of the included booklet.