back in stock as of
november 18th, 2010
first in stock on
march 9th, 2006
|robot (usa) #rr 31 cd|
david jackman “up from zero” compact disc
- ways to the sea (9:41)
- threshold (5:00)
- up from zero (16:04)
- offshore (3:23)
|the word “reissue” doesn’t really do this justice as the only “issue” until now was a “friends-only” edition of 30 cassettes back in 1982... so let’s just say it’s an “archival” release. that sounds much better.|
the four pieces here all date from the early 80s and show jackman in his tape-music mode; tons of transfigured/processed material & found/sampled sounds constructed in a lo-fi array of tape-hiss & saturation. “up from zero” hints at the later/contemporary organum style, whereas the other three pieces are stylistically closer to the 80s u.k. diy/cassette underground. this cd issue adds the piece “offshore” to the proceedings...
|originally released in 1982 on cassette (aeroplane records ar3, uk), up from zero was david jackman's third album of compositions. integrating tapes, loops, shortwave radio signals, guitar tones, voice and a host of percussion elements, each piece accumulates into a complex collage of cycles that create a haunting set of "movements" and bizarre spatial relationships. these are the most sought after of jackman's first, solo recordings. the proto-organum sound.|
also included is offshore, (1980). this track, recorded with the assistance of philip sanderson (of stormbugs/snatch tapes/claire thomas & susan vezey fame), is jackman's earliest piece to appear on cd to date. fluttering tones along with sustained slabs of bowed guitar create a droning crest and a fitting "outro" for these essential gems from the vault.
expertly restored from the original master tapes by robert hampson (of main).
packaged in a card mini-jacket.
in reference to the original cassette release:
“all sounds and artwork by david jackman. black & white cover image is of a coiled snake. ways to the sea features slowed down gregorian chants and speeded-up gagaku music. an outtake from these sessions appeared in the 'integration' cassette compilation. 'threshold' was later re-issued on a limited edition 7" from syntactic.”