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.