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Musics In The Margin 2: Musik Oblik [coll] – [Sub Rosa]

Meant to bridge the worlds of modern art, contemporary art, and outsider art, the “Art & Marges Museum” in Brussels worked with Sub Rosa to produce this compilation, the second in the series “Music in the Margins.” For this release, Musik Oblik, they cull together an incredible range of sounds.

It starts with Berlin visual artist and musician Klaus Beyer doing a few minimal, goofy, crazy tracks, including his interpretation of “Hey Jude,” some dramatic spoken German vocals with hand claps, and electronics. Other artists on here range from experimental and cacophonous (Wild Classical Music Ensemble) to a bit creepy (Baudouin Oosterlynck), to groovy and jammy (Othin Spake), to classical (Baudouin de Jaer), to spooky and adventurous (Jacques Brodier).

Visual art and music are strongly connected in this release, a number of pieces arising from the music of outsider artist Adolf Wolfli‘s paintings. Wolfli, a prolific composer and visual artist, was committed to an insane asylum in 1899, where he crafted the majority of his work.

A fascinating collection that reminds us that the lines between high/low art, insanity/genius, and outsider/insider are often constructed by keepers of the institutions, rather than by an honest interpretation of the material. Everyone on here is an experimental artist in their own right.
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  • Reviewed by lombard on July 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm
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