angus maclise

The Cloud Doctrine

2CD + booklet/photos


159 minutes of minimal electronic music,
readings, soundtracks from the archives
of Angus MacLise 1963-1976.

Rare music, performance, soundtracks, spoken words by a seminal poet and musician. Active in the New York avant-garde of the 60' (he was the first drummer of the velvet underground). Here for the first time, a double cd extracts from his own archives - with the participation of Tony Conrad and John Cale. Including an historical text by Gerard Malanga and unpublished photographs. Produced by Gerard Malanga & Guy Marc Hinant.

Press Reverse / Press Play by Gerard Malanga
In 1965, Angus would become one of The Velvet Underground's founding members, yet his association with the group would be quickly shortlived. Disenchanted with the direction in which the group's musical agenda was heading, he allowed himself to be fired by Lou Reed, thus curtailing his own part in the Velvet's future recording career, also shortlived. And so the existent old tapes served as a substitute for the past live performances he no longer pursued, nor would he have any hopes of listening to again. The boxes and boxes of tapes remained undisturbed in Don Snyder's closet halfway around thew world in New York. In the end it was destitution and chronic ill-health, not isolation, that led to his untimely death at 42. Astonishingly, his oeuvre spanned hardly a decade.

Choice and Method of Archives Material
Musically the adventure starts here, in 1963, in the company of Tony Conrad - very present throughout the disc - and is prolonged with John Cale circa 1965 and continues either with Angus alone, or with Conrad, or with his wife Hetty. It all ends a few years prior to his death, during an important reading at the Millenium Film Workshop, in New York, on the 17th September 1976. We will be at liberty, through almost 160 minutes of this adventure, to understand the importance of this musician fascinated by the biggest underground activity of New York at that time - we may even discover a few missing links.







01 Tunnel music #1 2:51
02 Tunnel music #2 4:48
03 Tunnel music #3 3:05
for Don Snyder 's Multimedia Shows, circa 1965
04 The First Subtle Cabinet 26:04
Angus MacLise, Tony Conrad and Piero Heliczer
at Tony Conrad Studio, 56 Ludlow St. New York, 14 november 1963
05 Description of a Mandala - poetry reading by Angus MacLise
06 Thunder Cut 32:28
Angus MacLise and Tony Conrad at Tony and Beverly Conrad, III W 42 street, New York, october 1968


01 Chumlum 4:20
Cimbalum, drum - Angus MacLise
Soundtrack of the film by Ron Rice, november 9 & 10, 1963
02 Trance #1 5:23
03 Trance #2 4:03
04 Two Speed Trance 5:07
05 Four Speed Trance 3:18
Angus MacLise, John Cale and Tony Conrad
recorded by Tony Conrad, New York, 1965
06 Shortwave Radio 2:53
Radio treaments recorded by Angus MacLise, 10 april 1969
07 Electronic Mix for "expanded cinema" 27:49
Recorded and performed by Angus MacLise, november 1965
08 Organ & Drum 4:00
Recital at St Mark's Church, New York, february 1970 with Hetty MacLise
09 Universal Solar Calender 19:41
Poetry reading by Angus MacLise, place and date unknown
10 Tambura drone + sine wave generator 3:07
Recorded by Angus MacLise, 23 november 1968

with the Velvet Underground in 1965

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