OTTO LUENING, VLADIMIR USSACHEVSKY & WILLIAM BERGSMA – A Poem In Cycles And Bells & Other Music For Tape Recorder – LP – AR3003LP


A1 / Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky: A Poem In Cycles And Bells, For Tape Recorder And Orchestra / 14:30
A2 / Vladimir Ussachevsky: Piece, For Tape Recorder / 5:40
A3 / Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky: Suite From “King Lear” (from a radio production by Orson Welles), For Tape Recorder / 4:44
B1 / William Bergsma: The Fortunate Islands, For String Orchestra / 18:22

This compilation of electronic tape music and orchestral compositions saw the light of the stars for the first time in 1957 and has become a cult piece among lovers of electronic space music since. The long out of print gem from three masterminds is one of the important steps towards any kind of electronic music that followed.

On the A-side, Luening & Ussachevsky’s work with sounds of undefined origin recorded on tape reels which are their main instruments. The result is deliberately dark, gloomy and full of terror. It pulls you away from your earthly existence and drags you out into space to the furthest corners of the cosmos. Of note, their “Suite From King Lear” was commissioned by Orson Welles to provide an abstract background score for his New York City Center production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. This is pre-Kraut music for lovers of spaced out sounds from the days before the synthesizer, on a par with legendary cosmic music from the likes of Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk / Organisation and Kluster.

The B-side features Bergsma working with a real orchestra – you certainly have to lay back and let yourself drift away upon this stream of sound but it is still a very human effort all in all. Even though this piece of music moves within the narrow borderlines of classic orchestral music patterns, there is a warm and gentle flow of energy pouring out of it and reaching out for your mind.

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