Testpattern is an early 80ies japanese duo, mostly forgotten since their output was quite scarce. Yet, a single album and a few compilation tracks should make them a valuable asset to your sonic library. They manage the surprising task of reminding us of Kid Creole, Chris & Cosey and Holger Czukay all at the same time. Enjoy!
The origin of Ceramic Hello lays in prog rock, but thankfully, this early 80ies american duo settled for a minimal proto-techno approach before releasing their first album in 1981. Since that not much has happened appart from a growing cult-fanbase and the recent but long out-of-print reissue of the album, including an additional LP of bonus material, namely b-side tracks and demos. Out of those demos recorded in 1981-83 comes Sampling the Blast Furnace, a marvel of a song that hasn’t letf my turntables and my DJ bag ever since. It’s a tad dark and full of tension, but probably as forward-thinking as the early Chris & Cosey we’ve been writing about last week.
Yesterday, I played CTI‘s seminal album during the show, more specifically the “Dancing Ghosts” track. What sets it apart is its historical inaugural use of both the Roland TR808 and TB303. Recorded in 1983, this anticipates a chicago trend that we’ve been eager to document in the past three years or so.
Anticipation is indeed one of the trademark features from the duo more widely known as Chris & Cosey, of Throbbing Gristtle fame. If you can’t hear Detroit coming in their 1982 Trance LP, you seriously need to check your ears!
Of late, Chris & Cosey have enjoyed a renewed interest from the educated masses, thanks to some timely reissues, their afford mentioned anticipation quality and a few DJs claimed love. What I’ve come to realize was missing in this second coming was the emphasis on the multimedia aspect of their work. The Elemental 7 came out under their CTI guise on Cabaret Voltaire‘s Doublevision imprint, a publishing company dedicted to video art as early as 1982! They published VHSs in both NTSC and PAL formats of their work and likeminded people, such as CTI. So thanks to the internet and globalization, here’s CTI‘s first published VHS for Doublevision, in four parts.
Let the re-discovery begin!
Chris & Cosey – Arcade – LP – Exotica – Conspiracy International (2011 – re) XXXY – You Only Start It – 10″ – You Only Start It/Ordinary Things – Ten Thousand Yen (2011) Rodney Bakerr – Crazy Track – 12″ – Bakerr Tracks vol.1 – Rockin’ House (1993) Lidell Townsell – Under Control – 12″ – Get The Hole – Trax Records (1988) Ghédalia Tazartes – Ferme Ta Gueule Zarathoustra – LP – Granny Award – Alga Marghen (2011) The Silverman – Circle The Sun And You Become One – 2xLP – Beta-Lactam Ring Records (2003) Falty DL – Hip Love – 12″ – Hip Love – Ramp Recordings (2011) Jacques Greene – The Look – 12″ – The Look – Lucky Me Music (2010) Andy Blake – X – 12″ – Cave Paintings 2 – Cave Paintings (2010) A Certain Ratio – Kether The Knives – 12″ – Knife Slits Water – Mango (1982) Umberto – The Child – LP – From The Grave – Permanent Records (2010) Volcano The Bear – Planetary Bethlehem – LP – Planetary Bethlehem – Beta-Lactam Ring Records (2011)
Nurse With Wound – My Saxy Baby – CD – Second Pirate Session – United Jnana (2010 reissue) Jon Mueller – Hearts – LP+CD – The Whole – Type (2010) Arsene Souffriau – Attente – 3xCD – Expériences BIMES – Metaphon (2010) Chris & Cosey – Cowboys in Cuba – LP – Trance – Conspiracy International (2010 reissue) Alvin Curran – Canti Illuminati (part 1) – 3xCD – Solo Works: The 70’s – New World (2010 comp.) Anworth Kirk – Fakelore – LP – Anworth Kirk – Pre-Cert Home Entertainment (2010) The Legendary Pink Dots – Space Captain – 2xCD – The French Collection – Beta-Lactam Ring Records (2010) Broadcast – Oh How I Miss You – CD – HaHa Sound – Warp (2003)