Thursday, March 19, 2009

Else Marie Pade - Face It (Dacapo, 2002)

More from the Danish queen of the tape, this one differing rather significantly from Et Glasperlespil in its more pronounced use of concrète elements and the near-presence of a narrative. Three pieces here, the first, "Symphonie Magnétophonique", an absolutely outrageous tape collage from 1958, following closely on the tails of her introductory tape piece "Syv Circler" (as found on Et Glasperlespil). Following are a pair of text-sound pieces: the whimsical, forty-three minute (!!!) adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Mermaid", also from 1958, and her 1970 titular piece, a bizarre anti-Nixon march bearing shades of Åke Hodell. Really a blue ribbon showing through and through. Waiting patiently for more of her material to fall from the sky.

Face It

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