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Following the critical acclaim of the 2020 compilation Pyramid Pieces, The Roundtable return with a second offering of modernist jazz from Australia. Another vital document further examining the nation's jazz scene during the late 1960s and 70s. A fertile period that witnessed the birth of an independent movement and the development of a distinct Australian jazz sound. While continuing to focus on the modal forms explored in Volume 1, this second edition shifts direction slightly, this time also surveying other post-bop modes representative of the scene including soul jazz, avant-garde ballet music and Eric Dolphy-inspired free jazz.

Again featuring tracks from the esteemed independent imprints Jazznote and 44 Records, the collection also offers never before published pieces from less obvious Australian jazz groups. Compositions by internationally renowned musicians including Bob Bertles (Nucleus/Neil Ardley), Bruce Cale (The Spontaneous Music Ensemble/Prince Lasha) and Allan Zavod (Frank Zappa) alongside pillars of the local scene, Charlie Munro and Ted Vining plus the lesser-known yet formidable free jazz unit 'Out To Lunch'. Pyramid Pieces 2 is another timely insight into the evolution of the incredible yet obscured Australian modern jazz movement.

TRACK LISTING

1. Bob Bertles Moontrane - Valley Of The Tweed
2. The Bruce Cale Quartet - Kuri Monga Nui
3. The Charlie Munro Trio - Whirlpool
4. Allan Zavod - Circles
5. The Ted Vining Trio - Number One
6. Out To Lunch - What The Thunder Said

Steve Maxwell Von Braund

The Return To Monster Planet

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE AUGUST 29TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
    LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


    To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the 1975 cult electronic album Monster Planet by Steve Maxwell Von Braund (a member of the legendary Australian electronic group Cybotron), The Roundtable present the lost sequel.Previously unreleased until now.- Featuring newly commissioned artwork by the Finder Keepers label boss Andy Votel.- Limited edition of 500 including a random 100 coloured copies.- Includes download code.

    Ian MacFarlane

    Planetarium

      * Rare private press Electro and Ambient Synth
      * Solo album from former Cybotron member Ian MacFarlane
      * Electronic Outsider Music

      Post-Nuclear Mind Music? Lizard Strategies? Void Spirit…? These bizarre titles are just a few of the self-coined terms that Australian electronic musician Ian MacFarlane has conjured to represent his eccentric sonic world. An artist whose unique style of electronic experimentalism has balanced dangerously close to the edge of popular convention, existing outside the mainstream and extending well beyond the fringe of any sanctioned independent scene. A futurist outsider whose extraordinary musical vision has explored the uncharted realms of consciousness and fantasy.

      Following a brief stint with the legendary Australian Krautrockers Cybotron, MacFarlane produced three independent solo albums throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. His debut LP Void Spirit, an experimental album issued under the pen name ‘Violet Lightning’, was followed by a further two albums published under his own name, the cosmic influenced Back From Beyond and finally the privately issued electro-ambient suite Planetarium.

      Presented with hours of unreleased home recordings, The Roundtable has begun a dedicated search through the fascinating archives of this under exposed artist. Beginning with a vinyl release of the rare cassette-only album Planetarium; this private press sees MacFarlane armed with a bank of Roland Synthesizers, Drum Machines and field recordings, spawning a mutant amalgam of German Kosmische Musik, French Library electro and Private Issue New Age.

      Surrender to the stars and welcome to the first instalment of “Muzak To Moralize By”. 

      TRACK LISTING

      Hidden Leaves
      Fingers Pointing At The Moon
      Mindbridge
      Surrender To The Stars
      Seeds In The Dust
      Fires On The Plain
      A Mountain Of Swords
      Summits In The Mist
      Seeds In The Dust


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