Henning Christiansen was a Danish composer, born in Copenhagen in 1932 and died in 2008. He is one of the most respectful artists, composers and performers, known for his involvement in the Fluxus movement. Henning Christiansen’s music is an unusual proposition. A radical artist that used various uncommon technique like free improvisation, field recordings, etc filtered with his very unique and personal way. He has collaborated with Ben Patterson, Nam June Paik, Christophe Charles and Keith Rowe. His meeting with Joseph Beuys was his most fruitful period. They worked together in various projects, sharing common ideas in performance as a way of liberation.
In 1973 was first issued his ‘Requiem of Art Fluxorum Organum II Opus 50′ by Edition Schellmann as a split 2LP with‘Schottische Symphonie’ by Joseph Beuys. Both sides of this re-issue include a collage-like composition, using organum, spoken words and field recordings taken by the collective film “The Search”, that was made in 1969 in Jutland, Denmark. Christiansen managed to present us a deeply hypnotic soundtrack and one of his most characteristic piece of music, that was firstly presented during the performance Gets Art exhibition at the Strategy festival, in August 21, 1970. This great archival work is highly recommended, as for me, this composition and his Symphony Natura (Slowscan, 2006) are the most exciting and characteristic samples of his work!
Requiem Of Art Fluxorum Organum II Opus 50 was re-issued by Penultimate Press. We are very happy to distribute this LP in moremars very soon.
The legendary band This Heat, formed in 1976 in London by Charles Bullen, Gareth Williams & Charles Hayward (occasionally drummer of the anarchist punk band Crass), are going to repress groups older, hard to find material.
On a period that punk music started to explode, This Heat made their first appearance to a wider audience in 1977, when they had their first radio airplay on John Peel radio show. Their first homonymous album, was released on Piano records in 1979. it was characterised by its dark eerie atmosphere and the heavy use of tape manipulation. In 1980 Health And Efficiency, a 20 min EP, come out, with the band presenting us the homonymous art-rock track and the Graphic/Varispeed, an ambient tonal composition, produced mostly with tape loops. In 1981 This Heat released their Deceit. Deceit destined to be remain in history as one of the most influential post-punk albums and now seen as a classic masterpiece of the avant punk era. This last album was mixed by reggae producer Martin Frederickis and come out on the historical Rough trade label.
All of these rare material are going to be released very soon, on January of 2016 by Light In The Attic records on LP. Highly recommended for the lovers of post-punk and progressive rock.
In 2008 on Echo music and Edition zero, two small run labels from Greece, released a limited cd-r with field recording from the Anastenaria ritual, a local custom of the residences of Saint Eleni village, in Serres. Every year on this celebration, “Anastenarides”, the participants of the ritual, are preparing their shelves through the ecstatic music and their faith to god for a firewalking dance. This very old ritual routed from the pro-Hellenic ages and the pagan religion of Bacchus Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy. This first cd-r, sold out very soon and very few people had the opportunity to have this archive music, performed with lyra and hand drum, recorded by KSMEA in the 70s.
It was very surprising for me to see that this quite rare document has re-issued by Kemal label as a double LP including the original recordings accompanied with two remixed tracks by Vatican Shadow and Pete Swanson, both of them known for their music production that has to do with noisy projects (prurient) and dance culture. One reasonable question is how these two different types of music, the commercial dance music of our ages and the ritual music of the past can be fit together. My answer is that it is not and probably the most of the people that will buy this release will find different use for each one or even non for one of the two LPs. As positive is that the price is reasonable for a double LP, so this make you think of the possibility to buy it at last.