musics in the margin volume 1

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CD digipack + 12 pages booklet

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Never released before: an anthology that links Daniel Johnston and the great Wesley Willis with a dozen outsider artists from around the world - digipack + booklet including short bios and drawings, and unreleased and rare tracks - 6 pages digipack + 12 pages booklet

A project made in co-production with Art en Marge.

Outsider Art Music has unfortunately not had a Harry Smith or an Alan Lomax to discover unpretentious talent, those two 'folksong hunters' who had realized the importance of making recordings to serve collective memory. One of them gave us the essential Anthology of American Folk Music (1952), an absolute reference for the folk movement, while the other made recordings all over the world and became an absolute reference for world music. And that is why the sound of Adolf Wölfi blowing into a cardboard tube to play his enigmatic scores, or the threnodies of Arthur K. Ferris played on his giant violins with their insides covered with writings and holy texts, will never be heard again. However, thanks to recent developments in technology and a growing interest in outsider music, a few of these unusual performers are beginning to be recorded. We have taken this opportunity to include several such sound pieces in our compilation. The composers live in highly individualistic worlds. Faithful to our precepts, we search out self-taught musicians. That means people who make contemporary music outside the customary production and distribution channels and with the determination and creative gifts that stem from unmistakable artistic talent. Some of these musicians operate in mental or social isolation and make their music in special workshops while others can be classified with the spiritualist or visionary artists. Others again, like Daniel Johnston and Wesley Willis, have become cult figures, a reference for underground and alternative musicians. Like the surrealist and expressionist artists, who were amazed by the strangeness and authenticity of work made in asylums, many members of today's music scene get inspiration from such 'outsider' music and feel it comes from another world. The recordings are of several kinds. In some cases less than 100 copies were pressed, or even just one copy, and they have never been distributed outside the circle of family and friends. In any case they were never intended to be listened to by a wider, impersonal audience. The process is more important than the result. In fact some authors, like Konstantin Raudive, have never claimed that their experimental sound pieces are to be regarded as music. This particular relationship with the creative process is a fundamental characteristic of outsider art.

Sound is an energy, a power. The ability to handle that power is perhaps what so many musicians, artists and writers lack - they are too referential, have no universe of their own, are pushing to get their particular insights recognized (through art-historical criteria). Whereas here, everything is marked by the spirit of a chaotic intelligence. Artists spurning all method, going too far, being excessive: isn't that just what we are looking for?

FEATURES

DANIEL JOHNSTON
WESLEY WILLIS
MARTHA GRUNENWALDT
OSCAR HAUS
ANDRE ROBILLARD
JACQUES BRODIER
ANTON & QUENTIN
MARCELLA DUMAREY
CHANTAL ROBETTE
COLLECTIF DAGBOOK
DAVID (du projet BÔKAN !)
KONSTANTIN RAUDIVE
REINHILDE TASTENOE
MC SPEEDY
GALAXIA
STEVE WALLIS

TRACK LISTING / CD

01 Jacques Brodier: extrait du 'Filtre de réalité'
02 Anton & Quentin : Sans titre
03 Wesley Willis : Singing
04 Wesley Willis : Trama hell ride
05 Wesley Willis : Composing a song
06 Wesley Willis : Wesley Willis and the dragnews
07 Wesley Willis : Selling a CD
08 André Robillard : Batterie
09 André Robillard : Changer sa vie
10 Mc Speedy : Improvisations pour l'émission Implosief sur un truc' de dd De Meuter et de Mozart
11 Konstantin Raudive: Radio stimme + microphone stimme
12 Daniel Johnston : Premarital sex
13 Daniel Johnston : Fly eye
14 Reinhilde Tastenoe : Dikke trom
15 Reinhilde Tastenoe : Dikke meneer
16 Marcella Dumarey : Zweden
17 Dagboek : Lentegedichteden
18 Dagboek : Avalon
19 David : Pépère
20 David : La mer
21 Chantal Robette : Sans titre
22 Martha Grunenwaldt : Sans titre
23 Martha Grunenwaldt : Sans titre
24 Oscar Haus: Sans titre
25 Galaxia : The Revolution Starts Now

Daniel Johnston

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