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Takis – “Pendules Magnetiques/Le Siecle De Kafka” – [Plana-T Alga]

cinder   4/28/2010   12-inch, A Library

Vassilakis Takis was born in Athens, Greece in 1925, but spent most of his time in France. In 1966, New Scientist Magazing declared Takis, along with Iannis Xenakis and John Cage were the most promising musicians of the century. This album is recordings of Takis’ electro-magnetic sculptures (shown on cover). *Takis Pendules magn??tiques are based on the simple concept of using magnetic waves caused by electricity as a means to activate repeated musical sounds: the latter are to be heard every time a needle strikes a string, when attracted by a magnet. He participated in another exhibit in ’84, which is the B side, using the same ideas. Side A is on the sparse side, with spaces of plunking sounds. The B side is a repetitive empty-air sounding wind, almost gritty and grainy. Envision the art by themselves, or would be good to mix with another track. Limited to 380 copies. Inside booklet has words from William S. Burroughs, describing one of Takis’ sculptures.

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