RVNG Compiles Craig Leon's Classic Synthesizer LPs on Upcoming Album
- Words: Glenn Jackson
Originally produced in 1980 and 1982, respectively, Craig Leon's classic cosmic synth albums, Nommos and Visiting, will be re- editioned on RVNG's forthcoming Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1.
Described as "a collection of incorporeal melodies generated by the Oberheim OB-X, Roland JP-4, and Arp 2600 synthesizers, [and] propelled by primitive rhythms programmed on a prototype of Roger Linn's nascent drum-machine, the LM-1," Leon's Nommos LP has actually been re-recorded for this new edition, after its original masters were "lost in major label merger milieu years ago." Still, the new version of Nommos is said to be extremely faithful to the original record (which included the collaborative efforts of Leon's wife and creative partner Cassell Webb), as "Leon has in fact re-animated Nommos by re-recording the exact audio signals as preserved in the album's original studio notes." Joining the "re-animated" recording will be a remastered version of Leon's 1982 synth exploration Visiting, though, as RVNG points out, Leon has "made subtle edits and compositional additions to both albums to enhance the connectivity and encourage infinite interpretation."
Bringing the two LPs together for the first time in an authorized re-package, Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1 will see an official release on June 23. In the meantime, the forthcoming collection's full tracklist is included below, along with a video for album track "One Hundred Steps."
01 Ring With Three Concentric Discs
02 Donkeys Bearing Cups
04 Four Eyes To See The Afterlife
05 She Wears A Hemispherical Skullcap
06 One Hundred Steps
07 Region of Fleeing Civilians
08 Three Small Coins
10 Details Suggest Fidelity To Fact
11 The Customs of the Age Disturbed
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