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Terry Riley

A Rainbow In Curved Air

    Keyboard virtuoso Terry Riley started experimenting with different instruments in the ‘50s. One of his electronic music landmarks is his third album A Rainbow in Curved Air. Through the use of overdubbing, he recorded all the instruments to feature on the title track. The composition consists of three movements, each representing another part of his musical influences. As the song progresses, its structure goes through frequent changes. It’s an colorful, psychedelic, atmospheric and revolutionary song. The second track consists of a loop of saxophones and is the dreamy and calm opposite of the title track. Fans of electronic music, such as Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, would love this record. Taking inspiration from Hindustani classical music and jazz techniques, Riley’s masterpiece influenced many musicians, from the likes of Brian Eno to Emeralds.

    A Rainbow in Curved Air 50th anniversary limited edition is available as 500 individually numbered copies on transparent vinyl.

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    "Music For The Gift" is a collection of four of Riley's most significant tape works:the titular "Music For The Gift" (recorded live in Paris for Radio France, and featuring Chet Baker), "Bird Of Paradise" (a five part tape assemblage - a forerunner of "I'm Gonna Rain"-era Steve Reich), "Mescalin Mix" and finally "Concert For Two Pianos and Five Tape Recorders", featuring La Monte Young.

    Riley fans and devotees will be well aware of these works, but that doesn't take away from how inspiring and arresting they are. The reckless experimentation and jaw dropping creativity at work here, in the early sixties no less, is really quite breath taking and perfectly showcases one of the most celebrated and early adopters of electronic experimentation. Most recommended! 




    This unique collaboration was originally released in 1971 and saw Cale (fresh from his ground-breaking work as a member of the Velvet Underground and now finding his feet as a solo artist) and Riley (noted for his highly influential works “In C” and “A Rainbow in Curved Air”) create a work of atmosphere and uniqueness. All instrumental, with the exception of the song “The Soul of Patrick Lee”, “Church of Anthrax” was the perfect melding of the experimental genius of two unique musicians. Hard to catagorise, the album was recorded a year prior to its release by Columbia in February 1971 and actually preceded Cale’s first solo album.


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