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Salvatore Martirano

February 23, 2010

L’s GA
Polydor (1968)

Whacked out mix of early electronic and symphonic music from composer Salvatore Martirano (1927 – 1995).
Martirano was a New York native who taught at the University of Illinois and was instrumental in the early electronic music scene, which at the time was heavily rooted in academia.

The title track, L’s GA For Gas-Masked Politico, Helium Bomb, And Two-Channel Tape is a strange, post-modern, psychedelic take on politics utilizing Lincoln’s Gettysburg address (L’s GA, natch) with strings, electronic noise and tape manipulation.

“…a multimedia performance featuring three films, music, and the poet Michael Holloway reciting the Gettsyburg Address through an oxygen mask feeding him helium from a tank whose valve he can control for effect.

This is a great, spooky-sounding album that would bookend well with Freddie Hubbard and İlhan Mimaroğlu’s Sing Me a Song of Songmy. It’s so weird, in fact, that I’m flummoxed that it isn’t on the notorious Nurse with Wound list.

Fans of strange Euro-Prog such as Michael Chion, Horrific Child, Camille Sauvage or the previously mentioned Hubbard/Mimaroğlu piece would do well to snatch this up.

Thanks to the amazing Brian Cutean for introducing me to (and many more, similarly strange albums recently) this, by way of Daniel F’s Outside World.

I’ve removed the download.

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3 comments

  1. Holy crap. This is super disturbing. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Hurricane winds on Jupiter mixed with squeeky baby voices, some bongos and saxiphones with snippets of singing (“…I love you baby but you’ve got to go..”) followed by a dolorous male voice reading something (probably the Gettysburg Address mentioned in the above description) against a quiet background.
    For several years now I have been trying to track down information about this album. After a number of unfruitful tries (typing lsga with and without apostrophe) the Polydor label suddenly flashed in my mind and–Voila! The combination led me straight to this.
    My mother had it in the early seventies. I remember the cover and the music creeping me out so much it gave me nightmares so I gave it to a friend to get it out of the house. Twenty years later the topic of the record came up (“yeah, that was a really, REALLY weird record” and “I wonder whatever happened to it?”). She was a bit disappointed with the answer.


  3. That’s pretty funny!
    Maybe that’s the copy I found in a used record store!
    Don’t tell your mom,



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