Monday, January 5, 2009
Trax - Neoist Ghosts (tape, Trax 1085, 1985)
From Deli Plain
To answer L'étranger's question about "Basis Orguna / AKAUCN": No, that tape is not the same as "TRAX 1085 Neoists Ghosts". The proof is in the pudding, or rather: in this posting. "TRAX 1085 Neoists Ghosts" was edited and published by the Italian mail artist and underground musicia Vittore Baroni in 1985, two years after his tape Area
Condizionata 3: Videogames For The Blind. It was the final "post-mortem" release of his legendary TRAX label, made in a period when he actively participated in Neoism (and ten years before having his hands in the similar-minded Luther Blissett project).
The "SMILE side" of the cassette consists of a sound collage based on Vittore's field recordings from the 9th Neoist Festival in the Northern Italian village of Ponte Nossa. It features the voices and sound material of Pete Horobin, Istvan Kantor, Glassmadness, Rod Summers, Graf Haufen & Hapunkt Fix, Ginny Lloyd, Andy Stenhouse, Robin Crozier, Al Ackerman, Emilio Morandi, tENTATIVELY, G. Achille Cavellini, David Zack, Arthur Berkhoff, Gerald Jupitter Larsen, Stewart Home, Mark Bloch, Basic
Essentials, Gordon W. & Dave Porter, Black Hand Gang, Chico Louis, Niels Lomholt, Tristan Renaud, Boris Wanowitch, First Aid Brigade & the people of Ponte Nossa.
The "SNARL side" contains five tracks by Déficit des Annees Anterieures (DDAA), Die Form, Roberto Marinelli, Zone Verte, Daniele Ciullini & Vivenza in a nonstop mix.
The download file includes Vittore's liner notes to the cassette, his obituary for the TRAX project, and selections from his SMILE/SNARL magazine published in the same year. And, in order to either avoid or perfect the confusion, "Trax 1085 Neoist Ghosts" is not identical to Hapunkt Fix's "The Sound of Neoism", another field recording sound
collage from the same festival based on partly the same audio material.