September 01, 2008

Rhys Chatham - An Angel Moves Too Fast To See : Selected Works 1971 - 1989 (Table Of The Elements, 2002)...




At first glance, New York-born composer Rhys Chatham might have seemed unlikely to alter the DNA of rock. A classically trained musician, Chatham was piano tuner to Glenn Gould and La Monte Young, student of Young and Morton Subotnick, protégée of Tony Conrad, and in 1971, while still in his teens, founder of the highly influential experimental music program at the Kitchen in lower Manhattan. Nevertheless, it was Rhys Chatham who first applied multiple electric guitars to the extended-duration, overtone-drenched minimalism of the 1960s. This amalgamation -- of the intellectual experimentalism and textural sophistication of the avant-garde with the rhythmic brashness and visceral punch of punk rock -- produced a raucous, ecstatic new type of urban music that energized the downtown New York scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, a music whose influence can be heard in the subsequent work of the many luminaries who participated in Chatham's ensembles, including Glenn Branca and members of Sonic Youth, Mars, Band of Susans and Swans.
A comprehensive 3-disc retrospective, An Angel Moves Too Fast to See includes all of Chatham's major "minimal" pieces, ranging from the thunderous "Two Gongs" (1971) and the No-Wave tumult of "Guitar Trio" (1977) to the brass-based "Massacre on MacDougal Street" (1982) and the epic, previously unreleased "An Angel Moves Too Fast to See" (1989), scored for an orchestra of 100 electric guitars.

Disc One: HERE
Two Gongs (1971)
Disc Two: HERE
Die Donnergötter (1985)
Waterloo, No. 2 (1986)
Drastic Classicism (1982)
Guitar Trio (1977)
Massacre on MacDougal Street (1982)
Disc Three: HERE
An Angel Moves Too Fast To See (1989)

20 comments:

  1. Alright, it´s Matty. Just got a computer and playing musical catch-up. Some great stuff here.

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  2. WHATS UP DOC? THOUGHT YOUR MEANT TO BE HERE NOT NORWAY?

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  3. brilliant. many thanks for all of this. and a killer blog in general, which i just discovered... i see we've posted a chunk of the same stuff during our respective existence (mine is http://sector2814.wordpress.com) ... but back to Chatham, I remember dubbing a good chunk of this material for myself from the original LPs back in my college radio days but have long since lost those tapes, so it's nice to have it back again. I picked "An Angel..." itself as a single disc a few years back but wasn't aware of this set... so again, many thanks!

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  4. It's telling me I need a password for this. Is there one or should I just re-DL it? Thanks-A

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  5. YEAH, THERES NEVER A PASSWORD, SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE FLAW IN THE SYSTEM SOMEWHERE, HAPPENS TO THE ODD PERSON. KEEP TRYING AND IF NOT I'LL TRY A DIFFERENT SERVER. LATER!

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  6. I can't get disc three to download. Some times this ad comes over the whole page so i cant see the download link, and sometimes the url doesnt work at all, and sometimes i download it but then the file isnt right...
    help!
    (ps thanks for posting all this great music!)

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  7. press SKIP THIS AD in the top right corner maybe? if you cant get it tell me and i'll upload it somewhere else for you

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  8. Thanks for this. I think you are the first blogger to post Chatham, I was looking for his stuff earlier this year and could not find anything. I'll link to you, if you don't mind.

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  9. Hi

    Could you upload the first and second disk on another site? Megaupload, or something else? this link is not working! Many thanks for the links! amazing stuff here.

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  10. Hi, searching for these Chatham's works I end up here, I've been trying to download it but it does not work, when it tells me the download is to be done, it returns me to the first page, I'd really thank you if you tell us how to get the albums by your site

    Best regards from DF.

    DNL

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  11. I've got the same problems:
    The downloads simply wont start, bringing you back to the previous screens

    So would you please be so kind...

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  12. Any chance of re-upping these links?

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