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The Grand Erector
- October 2008
- Pure Pop For Now People
- Andy Wilson
- the faust list (see below)
- £22 + p&p from Barbelo Records
- Released on Joachim Gaertner's Pure Pop For Now People label
A limited edition of 100 copies on heavy black vinyl. Includes an 8 page 10" booklet containing photographs by Ian Land. Artwork by Joachim Gaertner. The source recordings for this project were contributed by invited members of the Faust mailing list and a few other friends. These contributions were then dismantled, processed and remixed, before being reassembled to make the album. In most cases the tracks were created by combining material from several sources, though some lean heavily on a single contributor. Recorded and Mixed in London, 2008, by Andy Wilson. The cover image is a scan of Andy Wilson's skull and brain. The coil in the image is there to patch up a giant aneurysm in the posterior communicating artery in the Circle of Willis - the arterial roundabout in the centre of the brain.
Alan Holmes (Ectogram, Parking Non Stop), Zoë Skoulding (Parking Non Stop), Maeyc Hewitt (Ectogram), Alex O’Shea, Ann Matthews (Ectogram), Steve Pittis (Band of Pain), Ben Tinker (That Hideous Strength), J.S. Adams (BLK w/ BEAR), Dane Johnson, Gustavo Jobim, Jean-Hervé Peron (Faust), Jim Bowers, Ian Morrison, Jim Donnelly, Ken Hyder (K-Space), Mike Rowlands, Olivier Manchion (Permanent Fatal Error), Phil Wilson (The June Brides), Richard Fontenoy (Stella Maris Drone Orchestra), Ronny Waernes, Joachim Gaertner (S/T), Martin Brauner (S/T), Steve Fligelstone, Luis Forner (Traummaschine), Paco Gomez (Traummaschine) and Zoltan Pfefer
|A1||At Swim Two Birds||15:09|
|B3||Sand Kali Mix||7:22|
An Idealised Species of Krautrock
Further reprocessing, but with more substantive results, is to be found on The Grand Erector (PURE POP FOR NOW PEOPLE NOW 01), an LP produced by Andy Wilson of sunseastar in September last year. He was sent a number of recorded contributions by musicians and other illuminati who subscribe to the Faust mailing list, of which he is moderator (Wilson also has assembled the definitive Faust website, from which emerged a very authoritative book on the band). Over two dozen names are listed as contributors to this project, and Wilson – working as The Grand Erector – spent time "dismantling, processing and remixing" the works, to produce these six compressed tracks of music and sound. It’s as much a feat of organisation as it is a musical experience, with the Erector handling each sonic brick as if it were a vital piece of information from a huge jigsaw puzzle. Each assemblage has been further contextualised by the track titles – including Zappaesque, Mathraki Complex and Basho – and the smartly-produced booklet, which assigns an arty monochrome photograph to each track, along with a suitable literary quote to help orient the listener as they negotiate these musical trails. The booklet strategy, along with the nearly all-black package, is almost certainly intended as a knowing tribute to the Faust So Far LP, but there was a time in the 1970s when you could count on this sort of treatment from certain progressive rock LP releases, depending on how much money the record company was prepared to spend. In this case one suspects that Mr Wilson has funded the enterprise mostly from his own pocket, particularly as the edition is limited to 100 numbered copies. Early spins indicate this is a sprawling and eclectic affair, offering wild cut-ups one moment and lengthy dark-ambient drone epics the next. The opening cut At Swim Two Birds may be the strongest; here Wilson is audibly standing on the shoulders of other musicians, to arrive at an idealised species of Krautrock.
Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector
German label Pure Pop For Now People has just released an interesting project by The Grand Erector. Intended as a tribute to the group FAUST, source recordings for the project were contributed by invited members of the Faust mailing list and a few other cronies. The contributions were all then dismantled, RE-processed and RE-smeazed, before being RE-assembled to make the final album. Each track was created by combining material from several sources. Being only 100 copies on black vinyl, including an 8 page 10" booklet with photos by Ian Land, it will probably sell out fast!
Ronny Waerns, Fishbonery
An edition of 100 copies printed on heavy-duty black vinyl, prepared in elite German laboratories by experts. The covers were handmade by an ILLUMINED MASTER (aka JOACHIM GAERTNER) in his castle perched atop a BAVARIAN hilltop, etc., etc., and the album includes a stunning 8pp 10" booklet in full-colour black and white, with photographs styled and recorded by renowned PICK programmer and FUSTIAN imageologist, IAN LAND. In a tribute to the sheer intellectual brio of the construction, the (brief and concocted) sleevenotes were penned by none other than the composer's number one fan, THEODOR ADORNO.
Superlatives lack the sheer force or articulated power to do justice to this pristine slab of post-BURROUGHS electronica inspired by FRANCOIS VILLON, THROBBING GRISTLE, LEE PERRY, THE BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP and MASSED CAMBERWELL CARROTS. Intended as an oblique but heartfelt tribute to the group FAUST, source recordings for the project were contributed by invited members of the Faust mailing list and a few other cronies. The contributions were all then dismantled, RE-processed and RE-smeazed, before being RE-assembled to make the final album - a painstaking process of construction guided by titan-like craftmanship, fierce artisanal pride and a seemly infinite compositional rigour and clarity that might put FRANK ZAPPA in the shade. Each track was created by combining material from several sources. THE GRAND ERECTOR would like to thank Alan Holmes, Zoë Skoulding, Maeyc Hewitt and Ann Matthews (ECTOGRAM), Alex O'Shea, Steve Pittis (BAND OF PAIN), Ben Tinker (THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH), J.S. Adams, Dane Johnson, Gustavo Jobim, Jean-Hervé Peron (FAUST), Jim Bowers, Ian Morrison, Jim Donnelly, Ken Hyder (KSPACE), Mike Rowlands, Olivier Manchion (ULAN BATOR / PFE), Phil Wilson (THE JUNE BRIDES), Richard Fontenoy (STELLA MARIS DRONE ORCHESTRA), Ronny Waernes, Joachim Gaertner and Martin Brauner (S/T), Steve Fligelstone, Luis Forner and Paco Gomez (TRAUMMASCHINE), and Zoltan Pfefer.
"I'm not blowing smoke up your arse, but it is, in my opinion, an astoundingly great piece of work. The twists of emotions I got while I was listening were beyond anything I'd heard for years. There's the right balance of “concrete“ sounds (some of which sound so 50s/60s - it took me back a little) and 'music' (for want of a better term). Honestly, it's such a fucking triumph, it's staggering. Anyone who knows anything about music in this field (whatever that means!) should be shouting about it from the rooftops. What I suppose I'm trying to say is if OCTAVIAN NEMESCU, who I know quite well incidentally, can have double page features in THE poxy WIRE, than so should this (at the very least). Quite how you go about getting it the recognition it deserves beats me." - Simon Reynolds, The Wire (personal capacity).
"If I'd heard this first, I wouldn't have made such a fuss about LUMPY GRAVY." - Ben Wetson, Socialist Worker.
|All Photos by Ian Land|