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Electric Music

by John White

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Singles Bar 04:27
Boschwalzer 04:50
Ricercar 14:50


Here is a new, exciting, step in the discover of the genius of John White, the maverick master of British Experimental Music. This double CD represent one of a thousand in between the musical facets of his enormous output.

As Dave Smith says in his liner notes: "Most of the pieces recorded here date from the period 1984-6. They reveal a delight in exploring areas of contradiction, particularly linear and rhythmic, within an unlikely sound-world in which parameters such as volume, timbre, texture and speed remain fixed. As a contrast, scattered through the album are five brief, apparently zany Nintentions from 1993.
John’s attitude to electronic machinery has often been relatively lo-fi (at times, decidedly so) as demonstrated in the recordings of Livebatts! – a performing trio featuring battery-driven instruments with Jiggs Coldiron and Andrea Rocca. The sound sources used on the present recordings are closer to those of pop musicians of the time and the general approach can be considered in opposition to the laborious and expensive world of institutional electro-acoustic music."

In the words of John White: "(Electronics) It’s like flower arrangement — just picking out things which were there before you... it’s a perfect medium for irony".

These pieces are the perfect counterpoint to the visual works of Surrealists and Dadaists, whose unusual, ironic and disturbing beauty is well summarized by the infamous Lautréamont's quote: "Beautiful like the chance-meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing-machine and an umbrella".


released December 10, 2020

Original cassette audio restored and mastered by Andrea Rocca at Baby Microbe Studio, London, 2019-2020
Liner notes by Dave Smith and Andrea Rocca
Original portrait photography of John White by Salvatore Scarpa
Cassette tapes photography by Andrea Rocca
Graphic design and executive production by Giovanni Antognozzi for ANTS_A New Timeless Sound, Rome, 2020


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ANTS (that stands for "A New Timeless Sound", but can also be related to the infatigable little insects) is an experimental label based in Rome, Italy, operating from 2001. We promote Italian and international independent artists representing the fields of minimalism, sound art, electroacoustics, and more. ... more

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