The Rich Girls Are Weeping

27 February 2006

[A note from Cindy: It's not that I'm getting burned out or tired of writing in this space. Quite the contrary! Rather, it's that my cohort, Pinkie Von Bloom, has fantastic taste and is an equally wonderful writer. And it doesn't hurt that she's also totally my BFF. As such, please join me in giving our dear Pinkie a very warm welcome to TRGAW. She'll be posting semi-regularly, bring you rare and out-of-print albums from an array of genres -- experimental, electronic, new wave, coldwave, no wave, and anything else that tickles her fancy. Plus, she'll bring some levity to my chatter, I hope!]

Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral


The question remains whether it's an effective ice breaker or just a dumb party game. And because it treads dangerously close to charades, I think it's somewhere in between. Reducing guessing choices to animal, vegetable, or mineral somehow seems less threatening than age-old inquires to whether something is bigger than a breadbox or fits in one's hand. There's a mythology of self lost in situations where social discourse is hampered, when one can't say "this is who I am; this is what I want." The sad reality is that specifics often aren't discussed until it's too late because the construction of acceptable interaction is such that we're taught to hide ourselves, because being real is too much. Would that it weren't the case.

Mineral Composition, v. 2
surfaced on the usenet early last year in alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.avant-garde. Released in 1984 or 1985 on a Japan's Stratosphere Music, Mineral Composition was a sixteen track brilliant yellow picture disc covering every gap between electro-acoustic, no wave, and post electro-industrial noise. Most of the pieces collected on this compiliation are petite soundtracks that establish dark mood and either suggest introspection or illustrate the simplicity of performance that makes for the discomfort of this brand of avant-garde. Hardly easy listening, the compositions don't touch on the difficulty of Diamanda Galas or the simple drones of space music. I've never met a soul who understands avant-garde who isn't equally passionate and lonely. It would be interesting to put out into the void that wondering aloud whether love is about lust, consumption, or nuts and bolts is a concept large and obtuse enough to cut through the ice and shake out the possibility that love may ring back from the dark. Could there be a po-mo selkie listening at the door? I think that's what we all want to know.

Mineral Composition follows in neat packages. Thanks to sta-hi for hosting.

01 - fetus productions - anthem
02 - johanna went's box - ( from the video by shirley clarke )
03 - s.c.i. - ( from the 'pks 2000-330' )
04 - z'ev - ( from the promotional tape )
05 - y. yoshikawa - black out
06 - anne gillis - iron lung
07 - stabat stable - no body
08 - neo zelanda - rabotage
09 - picky picnic - my toast time
10 - die form - mineraliz action
11 - tara cross & george matthewson - flight 1
12 - masaki - my tinware
13 - de fabriek - verval
14 - legendary pink dots - plague 2
15 - d.d.a.a. - les eaux profandes
16 - y. yoshikawa - biscuit boy's breathing

4 Comments:

Anonymous caramel said...

the first track is corrupt i guess

Thursday, March 02, 2006 6:11:00 AM  
Blogger Pinkie von Bloom said...

it plays fine here. there are vinyl pops and clicks in the first minute or so, but you can only run things through a click/pop filter so many times. are there any specific problems you're having?

Thursday, March 02, 2006 8:50:00 AM  
Anonymous caramel said...

codec troubles i guess
but strange it is the only track having this problem

Monday, March 06, 2006 7:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely mesmerizing. Fantastic CD.

Monday, June 05, 2006 12:29:00 AM  

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