Karel Appel

Musique Barbare

Sub Rosa SR420V
  • LP: Gatefold sleeve
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Karel Appel 1963's masterpiece never re-released before.

In 1963, Dutch abstract-expressionist painter Karel Appel (1921-2006), one of the founders of the avant-garde movement Cobrain 1948, logged time in the Instituut Voor Sonologie to compose music for a documentary being made on himself by cinematographer Jan Vrijman. Musique Barbare was born, released by Philips, this masterpiece of Musique Concrete is a real jewel for any record collectors.

Made in collaboration with the Insituut's member Frits Weiland, the result is a fantastic mix of electric organ fumblings to full-on riots of distorted kettle drum and assorted percussion-room filigree, assembled into an extremely edit-heavy suite - much use of tape-speed manipulation.

Karel Appel was a forceful and fascinating personality, and his Musique Barbare does not less bear the stamp of it than do any of his other artistic creations. A more remarkable gramophone record has not been produced in many a year.

Both gatefold and digipack booklet contains exclusive photos done by Ed Van Der Elsken + texts by Jan Vrijman, all printed on a luxuous photographic paper.

Karel Appel: Musique Barbare

Paysage Electronique Karel Appel 11' 41''
Poème Barbare Karel Appel 3' 31''
Le Cavalier Blanc Karel Appel 12' 46''

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