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    Intersystems – “Intersystems” – [Alga Marghen]

    intersystems
    A spectrum spectacle from max’d mixed media men, Toronto late 60’s,
    produced more than just this triple vinyl hippy trip-trek. There were
    installations and tactile rooms and sculptures, all long gone but are
    ears are still there thanks to this Alga Marghen release. Noise
    concrete chopped with early Moog movements and analog achievements
    courtesy of John Mills-Cockell. Draped in tapes, especially those
    capturing the poetry of Blake Parker (stark intoning, with a delivery
    like a Dalek narrating Fractured Fairytales.) Parker’s poems fix
    your attention, not so much with their content but with their
    clipped delivery (and the clipped feeling of a Dream Machine
    splicing sentences together). That being said there is a sort
    post-modern attack on “Number One” (Ezra Pound and T.S.
    Eliot are summoned, but then so is the sound of the air
    conditioner). On “the second lp, Peachy” that’s where the
    fairytale dust was sprinkled in with the LSD, at times more grim
    than the Brothers Grimm. Guns appears and you know what
    happens when they do in fiction. Parker with an odd cadence
    concludes vignettes prounouncing a malediction of sorts
    “The story has been told it is ended; it is the end.” On the
    third record, “Free Psychedelic Poster Inside” a comic book
    romance/tragedy/assembly line soap opera is unveiled and
    an actual cut-up comic accompanies this glorious package.

    Altogether ear-bending explorations that have fared well
    and will transfix the grandchildren of hippies tuning in today
    via KFJC and dropping out of the internet for a bit Whether
    played raw (you feel some of the chains rattling and taped
    vox humana warpage best that way) or cooked up in a modern
    method with our samples layered on top.

    KFJC was lucky to have the Cortical Foundations first pass at
    gathering some of this material (less lucky was Cortical founder
    Gary Todd as discussed in artist Tom Recchion’s contribution
    to the massive liner book included.) The full liner experience
    sort of torpedo’d my enjoyment after a first pure listen, but it
    connects dots to artists known and not (KFJC has neither
    Syrinx nor Kensington Market but youtube beckons one),
    Reading all those liners I hit a kind of headache harmony of
    the gospels. But I’m sure people connected to the scene at
    that time will appreciate a flashback today to the flashbacks of
    yesterday.

    The sounds were clearly ahead of their time, and I suspect this
    record will be a favorite dipped into off and on for years to come.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 5, 2016 at 5:26 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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