Friday, September 15, 2006

John Oswald : Plexure

This is generaly regarded as sampling maestro Oswald's best work. Split-second samples of several hundreds of widely known hits (from Madonna to Milli Vanilli via Springsteen) but you have no time enough to recognize them. On-and-off available expensive Japan 1993 issue (double-CD price for 22 minutes of music - one can say 'it's worth it' but it will still be too much). A masterpiece of sorts, for sure. Don't miss also Oswald's other site, you can get there (among lots of great reading) a free download of his infamous 'banned' Plunderphonic CD that started the historic judicial battle and a worldwide copyright vs. sampling debate.
Note: Just found out that you can also download his great early Mystery Tapes & Kissing Jesus In The Dark from Ubuweb. Don't miss! Same also on the very interesting Detritus site archives, with some more similar stuff, incl. the truly great Negativland's U2 EP (thanks, Mr.Lucky for this!)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

you just make very nice suprise for me. great things on your blog.
thanks one more time.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This work by Oswald really blew my mind, when i first heard it in the late 1990s. A canadian friend made me a copy of the first Plunderphonics-CD, and it's still THE sampling-record to have. It's included on the double-CD "69-96", but with alterations and not in the same order.

On there're still some of Oswald's blueprints for his later plunderphonics: the MYSTERY TAPES etc.


5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks anon,
thanks mr.lucky for the extremely interesting link. lot of great stuff there, found there also some ideas for my next post. in the meantime i found the 'mistery tapes' and 'kissing jesus' also at ubuweb (another great place!)
thanks again, you're always spot-on!

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

overexposure to oswald's music can give you headache for sure :)

3:46 PM  
Blogger Chardman said...

The Kissing Jesus in the Dark tape is great, and I highly recommmend it.
It's an analog tape analog of what Christian Marclay does with vinyl, with lots of tape inching and pause/start manipulation. The last few tracks are ambient pieces constructed of what sounds like extremely slowed down sources.
Thanks for all your great shares!
I shall visit often.

7:41 AM  
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2:42 PM  

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