back in stock as of
july 15th, 2011
first in stock on
august 25th, 2008
|streamline (germany) #streamline 1023 cd|
jim o’rourke “long night” double compact disc set
- long night pt. 1 (78:10)
- long night pt. 2 (79:09)
|august 2008 release ; epic long-form work by jim o’rourke, completed in 1990 and released here for the first time, 18 years later, by christoph heemann on his streamline label ...|
dedicated to david behrman (in fact, “on the other ocean” isn’t such a bad a reference point here ...), “long night” consists of slowly mutating clusters of band-passed electronic tones in harmonically close combinations, yielding a tonal bed that’s consistently pleasant for the piece’s entire 157:19 (!!!) duration ...
of jim’s recently unearthed early 90s home tape-studio music (see: “6 oscillators” on no fun, “3 organs” on three poplars, etc ...) i’m going to place this on at the top of the heap, if only for the extended fidelity (clearly this was transferred & remastered for digital with love) and clarity of vision ...
long-term and recent converts to the long-form spec, this one comes highly recommended !!!
ps. as the standard 1:20 sound-sample really wasn’t going to do this one justice, i’ve put up a clean 6:00 segment nearing the end of the piece ... enjoy !!!
|streamline press release...|
long night, a 2 1/2 hour electronic drone work produced by jim o'rourke in 1990 around the time of his graduation from music school had been buried in the archives along with several other electronic music pieces jim had created before he went about to explore other musical territories. unearthed, remastered and now released for the first time, its ageless qualities shine as brightly as ever.
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...the tower was not a tower; it was a needle. standing on top a high hill, it jabbed a finger heavenward. at the base it measured a good six feet across, tapering to a sharp point a hundred feet or more above the ground. it was of a rather nasty pinkish color and was made of a substance that appeared similar to the substance of which the cube had been constructed. plastic, he thought to himself, although he was fairly sure it was not plastic. when he laid his hand flat against its surface, he could feel a slight vibration, as if the wind out of the west, playing upon it, was causing it to vibrate along its entire length as a freestanding, tapering, most unlikely violin string would vibrate to the bow. it was not generally loud, although at times it became a little louder. despite the fact that more often than not it was a soft music, it had fantastic carrying power.
|journey to the end of long night|
out today, august 19th, is a new streamline release of, as mentioned above, a recording jim o’rourke made way back before you were born (again), though by the time he finished making it, whole families had probably been conceived. it’s just that epic! but seriously, jim rolled this work out over the course of one very long night in 1990 (the very night that gives this piece its title!). then he moved on and made another dozen records before the year was over — the kid was moving fast back in those days, and not just with the ladies.
like other pieces from the early years of o’rourke (tamper, anyone?), long night is a work of minimalism, and in fact, outright drone. truth be told, both cds of this double-disc release contain one single drone! admittedly, it wiggles all over the place, but it’s undeniable one long-ass tone doing it’s minimal thang. sure it could have been released in the early 90s — but who would have noticed? just a bunch of high-nosed aficionados of avant sounds and egg-headed academic types. by waiting until now, streamline is opening long night up to a whole new world of listeners born into a much more permissive time (in terms of music, that is — sadly, none of ‘em give a fuck without putting a sheet of plastic between ‘em — oh, for the days of truly free love!).
anyway, we’d like to congratulate streamline for taking the time to put this out, as it should definitely be heard, double-cd or no. and, show of hands here, who’s up for a triple-lp version?