The Grand Erector

Compilations

50 and Up

Released
2009
Format
CD
Label
Barbelo
Cat
BARBELOCD2007
Personel
  • Andy Wilson
Links
Purchase
£10 + p&p from Barbelo Records
Notes
Compilation released as part of Andy's 50th birthday festival, co-hosted with The Drones Club at The Others, Stoke Newington, London 23rd-24th January 2009.

Release Notes

There will be an exclusive CD compilation titled 50 & Up available to buy on each night of the mini-festival at The others N16 on 23-24 January 2009. Unfortunately pre-orders cannot be taken for this CD. The track listing is as follows:

Phil Wilson (UK) : Heroes (4:10) - written by David Bowie and Brian Eno. All instruments by Phil Wilson

>After a 20 year break from music, I decided to have a last go at it before senility set in. The break had been complete, in that I had not written a song in 20 years. As an exercise in getting back into song-writing, I decided to record a number of my favourite songs...trying to record them simply, and in my own style, in an attempt to understand how the songs worked, and, hopefully, as part of the process of re-learning how to write. The 2 songs here were recorded solo, at home, as part of this process. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.

Giant Paw (UK) : Tea on the Lawn (6:41) - written and recorded by Giant Paw. Taken from the album The Stars Are Ours to be released March 2009 on the band's own FERAL ELECTRONICS label. Recorded at Praxis Studios, Belfast Road, London N16 by Kevin Head / Mixed by Kramer at Noise Miami.

On this recording Giant Paw were: Tony Fisher (guitars, fx), Chris Mowforth (bs), Andy Heintz (kyb, tapes, fx, vox), Tom Augsburger (perc), Tracy Vandal (vox), Thea Heintz (viol), Sallie Robins (cello).

The Grand Erector (UK) : The King Edward‘s Monkey Parade [Krapp‘s Edit] (6:23) - Andy Wilson (percussion, mixing and processing)

The percussion was recorded in the summer of 2008, while other news and location recordings were made in London in Dec 2008 and Jan 2009. Jim Norton reads from Beckett‘s 'Krapp‘s Last Tape‘. The King Edward‘s Monkey Parade were hooligans from the Old Nichol area of Shoreditch in Victorian London: "The most characteristic part of their uniform is the substantial leather belt heavily mounted with metal. It is not ornamental, but then it is not intended for ornament.“ (The Daily Graphic, 1900) For Franco Evangelisti and Henri Pousseur.

Ectogram (Wales) : Dancing at Sparrows (4:17) - Alan Holmes (gtr), Ann Matthews (gtr, vox), Maeyc Hewitt (dms)

A 2008 home recording / demo of an as yet unreleased new song which may appear in a re-recorded form on the next Ectogram album. Recorded live in Maeyc's shed, Nant Ffrancon with Ann's vocals overdubbed in Alan's shed, Menai Bridge.

S/T (Germany) : Die kurze Wiederholung (6:49) - written and performed by S/T: Joachim Gaertner (kyb), Martin Brauner (gtr, vox)

I always liked a quotation by the german philosopher Ernst Bloch : "musik ist eine hure die mit jedem text geht" ("music is a whore that goes out with any lyrics"). I always wanted to use this for one of our songs. We named the track "die kurze wiederholung" ("the short repetition") because there‘s a longer version which will be on our next record. You can hear the quotation at the beginning of the 'song‘... it‘s my favourite intro of all the songs we ever made.

Faust (DMZ) : Je Suis Malade (5:53) - written and performed by Faust: Zappi Diermaier, Jean-Herve Peron, James Johnston, James Hodson and Geraldine Swayne

Recorded on June 19th 2008 at The Point, Cardiff.

Phil Wilson (UK) : Psycho Killer (3:40) - written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. All instruments by Phil Wilson

The original Psycho Killer peaked at 92 among Billboard Pop Singles Charts. It placed 32nd on the Triple J Hottest 100 in 1989. It almost made the top ten in the Netherlands, peaking at #11 in 1977.

Traummaschine (Spain) : Die Kosmische Sache (21:06) - written and performed by Traummaschine: Luis Forner and Paco Gomez "Die Kosmische Sache" = "The Cosmic Thing," where 'thing‘ is used as in "The New Thing" when referring to "Free Jazz".

Ronny Waernes (Norway) : Andy's Party 5 (4:48) - remix / processing by Ronny Waernes

Andy Wilson collected soundsources from members of the Faust mailing list and other friends. Out of these soundsources, which where dismantled, processed and remixed, he created his first release as The Grand Erector. Andy's Party 5 was created by deconstructing the track Brasov Monkeys from The Grand Erector LP. No other sound sources are used. Processed, recorded and mixed January 2009.

Track List

1 Phil Wilson - Heroes 4:19
2 Giant Paw - Tea on the Lawn 6:41
3 The Grand Erector - King Edward's Monkey Parade 8:28
4 Ectogram - Dancing at Sparrows 4:17
5 S/T - Die Kurze Wiederholung
6 Faust - Je Suis Malade 5:53
7 Phil Wilson - Psycho Killer 3:40
8 Traummaschine - Die Kosmische Sache 21:06
9 Ronny Waernes - Andy's Party &hash;5

Reviews

A Joycean Simultaneity of Epic Import

... In another guise, The Grand Erector, Wilson has created music of broader historical and sociopolitical scope, reflecting his many and diverse literary interests. On a compilation CD celebrating his 50th birthday earlier this year (Barbelo) can be heard one of Wilson’s most poignant statements. It’s a reworking of material from his recent Grand Erector LP (Pure Pop for Now People), called The King Edward’s Monkey Parade (Krapp’s Edit) obviously sporting an allusion to Samuel Beckett’s radio play Krapp’s Last Tape. Here, Wilson incorporates bits from the play juxtaposed with audio snapshots of global unrest and significant musical milestones as sharp ambiences flutter and scrape across the soundstage, tearing away time and space to expose a Joycean simultaneity of epic import on a small scale. Faust’s first album’s opening is evoked as are the groundbreaking electroacoustic works of Henry Pousseur, one of the pieces dedicatees.

Marc Medwin

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Christian's Edition

Released
2009
Format
DVD
Label
Christian Luehrs
Cat
Personel
  • Andy Wilson
Purchase
SOLD OUT
Links
Notes
Compilation DVD of acts at Schiphorst Festival 2008

Release Notes

Compilation DVD made by Christian Luehrs from performances by various artists at the 2008 Schiphorst Avant Garde Festival. The performers included Faust, Nurse With Wound and DACH (Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram, Chris Cutler and Tim Hodgkinson.

Track List

1 Stahl Quartet, Boy Division, Manami, Nurse With Wound 8 mins
2 Black Carrot, Barbed & Hester Schofield, Faust 23 mins
3 DACH, Nad Spiro, The Grand Erector, 13th Monkey 28 mins

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Ana-Maria Avram Iancu Dumitrescu
Tim Hodgkinson Chris Cutler
Nurse With Wound
Faust
The Grand Erector
Stahl Quartet Boy Division
Black Carrot Barbed & Hester Schofield
13th Monkey Nad Spiro
Manami