I've picked up quite a few unexpected musical items in Waterford charity shops and the discount bin of BPM Records (including Encre's Plexus II, Ramellzee's Bi-Conicals of the Rammellzee (for 50c!), SFT's Swift (with "The Action Jackson Orchestra Perhaps" featuring Gilad Atzmon!), and Luc Ferrari's Interrupteur/Tautologos 3, as well as a whole lot that turned out to be much less interesting), and yesterday my curiosity was piqued by a title called The Vegetable Orchestra Remixed. As one of the tracks was a typically brief entry by Ricardo Villalobos (only 17 minutes long!) I decided there and then that it was shelling out five euros for. When I got home I looked up said Vegetable Orchestra, and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw: they are an ensemble who make all their instruments out of organic vegetables (as shown below) and at the end of each concert put them into a soup for the audience. I must say I've never been to a concert where you could eat the instruments... Based on one listen, the CD is a solid contemporary electronica/dance effort, even though the interesting feature of the orchestra (the nature of the sounds they produce from their homemade instruments) is lost somewhat by the electronic settings; after all, a good laptop can produce any number of odd squelchy noises, and I feel these sounds would have more impact with minimal processing. But that's just a snap judgement, and may change. Another problem with a remix album is that without reference to the originals I'm at a loss to know just how different or processed these tracks are. I would love to hear these guys take on one of John Cage's indeterminate pieces! More information on the Vegetable Orchestra here.
Uplifters and Reformers
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