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Rik Rue "The Pre Glasnost Tapes" [CD-R]

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大推薦。1950年シドニーで生まれ、15歳で環境音に興味を持ち独自のサウンドスケープ作品の制作を開始したオーストラリアの主要実験作家の一人であるRik Rue。一度1991年に出版された作品[The Pre Glasnost Tapes]のCD-R版。氏が若かりし頃に収集したらしい、なんとソ連のプロパガンダ関連録音のソノシートをコラージュしまくったという恐ろしい最強物件。説明不要の傑作。





Improvisations for Russian flexi-discs (1960-80 vintage)
Two turntables and tape manipulations

Whilst visiting a shop in Melbourne specialising in Russian paraphrenalia, Rue came across a book of Soviet-era flexidiscs, containing Soviet propaganda recordings (Western music was hard to come by in the post WWII Soviet Union, although bootleg flexidiscs of jazz and rock music pressed onto discarded medical x-rays, colloquially known 'ribs' or 'bones', were sort-after on the black market from the late 1940s to the 1960s). Rue used these flexidiscs as source material for 'The Pre Glasnost Tapes'. Rue overlayed and juxtaposed patriotic workers songs with orchestral music, spoken Russian and natural sounds, altering pitch and timbre by adjusting record speed.

Originally released on Rue's Pedestrian Tapes in 1991, 'The Pre Glasnost Tapes' has been reissued on several different occasions (on tape and CDR) with different covers; the one used here Rue views as the definitive cover.