Alvin Curran - Toto Angelica
[IDA / ReR, www.aaa-angelica.com]

The premise seems simple enough. Take the entire Angelica catalogue and then mix it down, cut it, sample it, do whatever it is that you want with it in a live setting. This is what Alvin Curran did during the 2001 Angelica Festival. Unfortunately, half way through his performance, his Mac gave way and refused, gave notice of its death and simply kicked the bucket. 'It's not my fault' uttered by Alvin's Mac at the end of the performance is one of the most hilarious utterances you're bound to hear. Then again, I'm sure it wasn't all that funny to Alvin as his hard work at that point went by the wayside. Not surprisingly then, 'Toto Angelica' includes two versions of that memorable performance ' one is the original concert recording, while the second one is a remix, which was revisited through a period of about 4 years following the performance. What we hear during each of the 25 minute versions are thick clusters of Angelica's rich catalogue ' N.O.R.M.A., Tom Cora, Tristan Honsinger, Guy Klucevsek, Mike Patton, Phil Minton, Catherine Jauniaux, Bob Ostertag, and countless others. What is amazing is how Alvin Curran gets the various vocalists to do 'virtual' choruses ' Phil Minton with Catherine Jauniaux or the way electronics of Michel Waisvisz and Bob Ostertag intermingle and blend into the scenery. It's these unexpected virtual ensembles that make this composition a truly wild ride. The album closes with 8 shorter pieces, recorded live at Alvin's house between 1999 and 2002. The imagery is still distinct and thick. [Thick is the best word to describe Alvin's music. If you thought 'Crystal Psalms' was dense, wait until you hear these pieces!] All in all, 'Toto Angelica' is wild, heavy and fast journey of snippets outlining the entire Angelica catalogue. Consider this Angelica's business card.

Tom Sekowski


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+ Yunx - In The Heat Of The Night
+ Wolfram - Thinking Dust
+ Wieloryb - Voice Tract – Droga głosu
+ The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
+ Tocotronic - Pure Vernunft Darf Niemals Siegen
+ John Tejada & Arian Leviste - Back To Basics
+ Repair - Convenient Arrangements
+ Portable - Version
+ Savas Pascalidis - Hounted House
+ Northern Lite - Temper
+ Monne Automne - Teco
+ Meat Beat Manifesto - At The Center
+ Michael Manning - Public
+ Kosmetyki Mrs Pinki - KMP Vol. 1
+ Korsakow - Ears
+ Kemi & Amox - Poison Ivy
+ Go-To-Cat-Man-Do
+ Ferenc - Fraximal
+ Echo Depth Finders - The City Of The Dolls
+ Jack Dangers - Loudness Clarifies/Electronic Music From Tapelab
+ Jack Dangers - Forbidden Planet Explored
+ Crossover - Cryptic And Dire Sallow Faced Hoods Blast Off Oblivion
+ Bus - Feelin' Dank
+ Bronnt Industries Kapital - Virtute Et Industria
+ Kevin Blechdom - Eat My Heart Out
+ Joey Beltram - Live At Womb 02
+ Ammon Contact - New Birth
+ Cisco Ferreira AKA The Advent - T.R.I.N.I.T.Y.
+ 15 Minut Projekt - Live In Punkt + Suplement
+ Ot-Vinta - Darma ja najwsia cybuli
+ Bożyczi - Kotyłasia, oj jasna zoria z nieba
+ Slough Feg - Atavism
+ Das Scheit - Superbitch
+ Elwing - War
+ Six Organs of Admittance - The Manifestation
+ Cul De Sac & Damo Suzuki - Abhayamudra
+ Erg - Nefryt vs Malachit
+ Tatsuya Yoshida / Kazuhisa Uchihashi - Hercules Icy Club
+ Faun Fables - Mother Twilight

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+ Jason Ajemian - Who Cares How Long You Sink
+ Various Artists - Melodic Today
+ William Basinski - Melancholia; Water Music; Water Music II
+ Borah Bergman / Lol Coxhill / Paul Hession - Acts of Love
+ Mise En Abyme - Jesquibel; Brad Adkins - Big Red
>> Alvin Curran - Toto Angelica
+ Faruq Z. Bey with Northwoods Improvisers - Ashirai Pattern; Azuar' Live at CMU Park Library Auditorium; Griot Galaxy - Live at the D.I.A.
+ Alex Keller / Meri von Kleinsmid - Searching for the inverse square; Meri von Kleinsmid; Ex Vivo
+ Jacen Solo - Virgo; Michael Manning- Public; Yunx - In the Heat of the Night
+ Rainer Lericolais - Reader's Digest; Musique du film Les Enfants Gates
+ The Magic Carpathians Project - Sonic Suicide - Ethnoise # 1
+ Dufus- Ball of Design; Dub Trio - Exploring the Dangers of
+ Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
+ Anthony Curtis - Book of the Key
+ Sophie Agnel / Olivier Benoit - Rip-Stop
+ Seht - Application Antarctica Download Form; Michel Banabila - Hilarious Expedition; Normal Music - Acid Takes