V/A - Square Wave 2: Electronic Music 1955-1983

An excellent compilation of groundbreaking works in a then still-nascent genre. Or to the uninitiated, some haunting textures punctuated by bleeps and bloops. Released by Default Tapes.



Delia Derbyshire - Dreaming (1976)
Raymond Scott - Lightworks (1960)
Slava Tsukerman - Sunset (1982)
Iannis Xenakis - Orient Occident (1960)
Dariush Dolat Shahi-Razm (1983)
Daphne Oram - Manchester 2/Electronic Sound Patterns (1962)
James Tenney - Collage No. 1 Blue Suede (1961)
Jean Eichelberger Ivey - Pinball (1965)
Yannis Vlachopoulous - Morphes 2 (1974)
Claudio Rocchi - Apertura (1975)
Laurie Spiegel - Pentachrome (1980)
Hugh Le Cain - Dripsody (1955)
Tod Dockstader - Pond Dance (1980)
Bruce Haack - When The Music Stops (1972)
Malcolm Clarke - Midsummer Elves/Fairy Appears/Fair Disappears (1976)


Daphne Oram - Hospital (196?)
Richard Maxfield - Night Music (1966)
Ilhan Mimaroglu - Bowery Bum (1964)
Morton Subotnick - Until Spring (1976)
Raymond Scott - The Bassline Generator (1966)
Tod Dockstader - Night Wolves (1980)
Philip Sanderson - Under Press Of Sail (1979)
Conrad Schnitzler - Electric Garden (1978)
Harmonia - Watussi (1974)
Bernard Parmegiani - Pop Eclectic (1968)
Alvin Lucier - North American Time Capsule 1967
Jean Baronnet + Francois Dufrene - u47 (1960)

V/A - Eshet Eshet (Domino Sound 034)

Domino Sound in New Orleans is one of my favorite record stores/labels. Their proprietor has a knack for tracking down extremely rare music and making quality mixtapes from the best of his finds. I was first intrigued after I heard a handful of his Rocksteady/Roots Reggae tapes, but his African mixtapes were what really got to me. You can track down two of those (Ibi Na Bo and The Eyo Beats) elsewhere on the internet, but I had trouble finding the Ethiopian compilation Eshet Eshet anywhere and had an even harder time tracking down info on a lot of the artists it features. These tapes sent me down a formidable wormhole and led me to lots of other great African artists, and I think that's the intent behind these mixes. A note on one of the rocksteady mixtapes reads: "Pass it around, free up the music" and it's in that spirit that I upload this excellent mix. Domino Sound still cranks out tapes once in a while, so keep a look out-- I don't usually buy on blind faith but it's always worked out for me with this label. 


Tracklist is here: http://www.discogs.com/Various-Eshet-Eshet/release/3376728