1. I of IV (1966)
2. Big Mother Is Watching You (1966)
3. Bye Bye Butterfly (1965)
Another crucial collection of early electronics, this comes from American female electronic pioneer Pauline Oliveros. Oliveros was a composer and accordion player who sculpted experimental electronic music in a totally unique manner - as meditations on a certain subject or other. Developing her own techniques of recording and processing electronic instruments and also building her own synthesizers, Oliveros managed to come up with a sound which was way ahead of her time. Indeed listening to these three pieces (recorded in 1965 and 1966) makes me think that they could have been recorded yesterday - the ideas and concepts are still being explored now and are totally relevant. The first piece on the disc 'I of IV' is played in real-time using oscillating tones and tape loops to create the epic world of noise and ambience we, the listener, get to hear. It's a captivating world of echoing astral sounds, something like early Radiophonic Workshop but without the reliance on 'themes' or repetition... the improvisational aspect of this track is key, and it builds and grows in a way that would only occasionally be mirrored. The second piece 'Big Mother is Watching You' is even longer at over half an hour, but is no less compelling as tape loops of decomposed noise and concrete sounds make up a sludge of devilish audio. This is proto noise music at its finest, music that could still stand its own ground against modern noise acts such as Hair Police (who this piece sounds closest to I think...). The best however is saved until last with the 1965 piece 'Bye Bye Butterfly', a detailed composition made from electronic sounds, reel-to-reel tape and samples from Madame Butterfly. This might sound like a peculiar mix, but the end result is something close to Philip Jeck or Janek Schaeffer, with the pitched 'plunderphonic' sound reverberating underneath squealing electronic noise. An incredible portrait of one of electronic music's great figures, this will be enjoyed with a desire to hear more early electronic goodness in the same realm as Delia Derbyshire et al. Huge recommendation!