LUENING / USSACHEVSKY / BERGSMA – A Poem In Cycles And Bells & Other Music For Tape Recorder LP


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Aurora Rising present a reissue of A Poem In Cycles And Bells & Other Music For Tape Recorder, originally released in 1957. This record is a relic of electronic music that happened before anybody even spoke about rock music. In 1957, this compilation of electronic and orchestral compositions by the three masterminds Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky and William Bergsma saw the light of the stars for the first time and has become a cult piece among lovers of electronic space music since then, despite the fact that only the first side features the so called tape compositions of Luening and Ussachevsky from the ’50s while Bergsma’s lengthy piece from the B side gets performed by a regular orchestra consisting of living beings. Lay back and drift away upon this stream of sound, a very human effort all-in-all. All instruments are real and even though this piece of music moves within the narrow borderlines of classic orchestral music patterns, there is a warm and gentle flow of energy pouring out of it and reaching out. Luening and Ussachevsky, on the other hand, work with sounds of undefined origin recorded on tape reels which are their main instruments, creating something new out of everything. The result is dark and gloomy. It pulls the listener away from an earthly existence and drags them out into space, to the furthest corners of the cosmos. This is the right music for all lovers of spaced out sounds from the days before the synthesizer. For lovers of all the late ’60s and ’70s stuff like early Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Organisation and Cluster. These compositions, are on par with all the newer and now legendary cosmic music acts but created ten to twenty years prior. This long out of print gem is one of the important steps towards every kind of electronic music that was successful ever since.