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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN'? -                     ::
  ::     The "Periodical" Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts     ::
  ::                         Issue # 195                          ::
  ::                  Thursday, August 1st, 2002                  ::
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A new issue of WR sooner than you would have expected it - I hope that's a nice surprise to everyone... A great surprise for me personally is that, by an incredible stroke of luck, I will finally be able to attend the incredible Progman Cometh festival in Seattle in mid-August. So expect a detailed account in the next issue. I also hope to meet some of you there... It is now very unlikely that I will be attending Canterbury Fayre - I'm sure the ex-Crimson group 21st Century Schizoid Band will more than make up for Caravan having had to pull out, and I wish I could have seen that. But you can't be everywhere, can you? I wish you all a great summer!




The following is an official announcement from festival promoter Glenn Povey:

"Canterbury Fayre 2002 have kindly offered Calyx/WR readers a preferential rate of just £15.00 for Friday 25th tickets and £25 for Saturday and Sunday day tickets and £65.00 for full weekend tickets (a saving of £10.00 on day tickets and £15.00 on weekend tickets!). No booking fee applies and to benefit from this great offer you must apply in writing to the festival organisers with an SAE quoting Calyx and making cheques payable to: Brain Wave Festivals Limited, PO Box 431, Chesham, Bucks HP5 3WG, England.

Full festival info can be found at: http://www.canterburyfayre.com


From: "Roger Farbey" <Roger@farbey.freeserve.co.uk>
Subject: Software and Nucleus
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 19:55:25 +0100

Dear Aymeric

Good news about the upcoming Software album which sounds like a real gem. My only worry about it is that it might be on one of those obscure Japanese labels that is notoriously difficult to obtain - perhaps you know some details about the label or a UK distributor (I realise it isn't even released yet). On the subject of forthcoming re-releases, I am sure many readers here will be delighted to learn that - at last - more of Ian Carr + Nucleus' albums are being re-released. Again, BGO records have heroically stepped in and are now embarking on a re-issuing programme of all, I believe, of the Nucleus back catalogue. They start in September this year with a twofer comprising the classic Solar Plexus and the widely sought after Belladonna (Ian Carr with members of the then Nucleus including Alan Holdsworth). I highly rate both albums but I always thought Solar Plexus was one of the very best albums of this genre ever made, featuring amongst others, Harry Beckett, Karl Jenkins and Kenny Wheeler. Check out this important re-issue on the BGO web site at:-


Roger Farbey


From: Helmut Koch <helmut.koch@utanet.at>
Subject: Review - Bozzio Preinfalk Machacek (BPM) - Delete And Roll
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2002 18:11:08 +0200


Here's my review of a new CD that might be of interest for readers of WR and enthusiasts of Canterbury music - at least I very fond of the occasional Canterbury subtext on this CD. I even assume stylistical parallels with the forthcoming Software album.


Bozzio Preinfalk Machacek (BPM) - Delete And Roll
Next Generation Enterprises NGE 021 (2002)

Terry Bozzio - Drums, Percussion
Gerald Preinfalk - Bass Clarinet, Alto & Soprano Saxes
Alex Machacek - Electric Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer

DICHT (Machacek)
STRAFE (Machacek)
INVISIBLE (Preinfalk)
AUG UM AUG (Machacek/Preinfalk)
I REMEMBER EDISON (Machacek/Preinfalk)
S150 (Machacek)

Total time: 63:37

Recorded August 2001 in Austin/TX, engineered by Max Crace.
Mixed and mastered April 2002 in Vienna/Austria, by Joerg Mayer and Alex Machacek.
Edited and produced by Alex Machacek.

The story of this unusual trio began in 1998, when master percussionist Terry Bozzio was invited to perform his "Chamber Works for Drumset, String Quartet and Woodwind Quintet" live in Vienna/Austria. Originally recorded using technology "enabling Terry to literally have an orchestra at his fingertips", the Viennese world premiere of these pieces took place on 26th August 1998 and featured live string and woodwind sections, for which two of Austria's finest musicians, Preinfalk and Machacek wrote scores.

To flesh out the evening of chamber ensemble pieces, the trio of Bozzio, Preinfalk and Machacek played a couple of Machacek/Preinfalk penned trio tunes which went down pretty well. Those early versions of "Aug Um Aug", "I Rememeber Edison" and "S150" were settled somewhere between more loose, jazz oriented trio formats (Chico Hamilton's guitar/sax/drums trio from 1993 comes to mind) and formally disciplined, highly structured, zappa-esque chamber music, with enough room for virtuoso solos by all three musicians. Plans for a trio album soon came up, but didn't materialize before summer 2001, when working schedules allowed a
time window to gather at Terry Bozzio's home studio in Austin, Texas.

Recorded live to harddisc (which for a couple of days was missing in transit to Austria due to the events of September 11, but fortunately resurfaced later), those recording sessions provided enough material to keep producer Alex Machacek busy with editing and minor overdubs during Fall, Winter and Spring 2001/2002. In late September 2001 the trio (adopting the moniker "BPM") played three shows in Austria, roadtesting the new material. Though their stripped down trio concept worked overall, it proved somehow difficult to reproduce the balanced soundscape of the studio pieces in a live situation.

By the time the CD "Delete And Roll" (the title hinting at a frequent experience during the original recording sessions) was released in May, those problems were solved and BPM embarked on a highly successful two-weeks tour of central Europe, playing solid packed clubs in Austria, Germay and Switzerland.

The album "Delete And Roll" is out and out off-mainstream, an interesting and adventurous amalgam of various musical influences and a brave statement of non-conformist creativity in general. Giving stylistical clues and pointing out to references is always dangerous business (and may even annoy the artist), however I feel it isn't totally wrong to identify elements in BPM's music, that may strongly appeal to listeners who like Zappa's rhythmically complex patterns, atmospheric guitar synth backdrops reminiscent of nordic ECM releases and fluid legato guitar solos not overly influenced by Allan Holdsworth. Reviewer Dick Heath even mentioned a certain Canterbury/Soft Machine influence in BPM's quirkier moments, namely in Gerald Preinfalk's sax excursions, which indeed evokes a distant Elton Dean feel. As with all his recordings in recent years, Bozzio incorporates elements of his earlier experiments with drum ostinati here too, and he (together with Preinfalk) may also be responsible for occasional flirts with oriental and Eastern European ethno music ("Bulgarianish Folkdance").

Especially in guitarist and main composer Alex Machacek's case it's interesting to see his compositions shifting from the colourful and lavishly arranged jazzrock of his acclaimed 1999 album "Featuring Ourselves" to more sparse and angular, formally detailed tunes. Even the often mentioned Holdsworth influence in Alex Machacek's guitar playing isn't that evident here.

Having always been a great admirer of the late Frank Zappa and a bona fide connaisseur of FZ's complex semi classical work, Alex Machacek and similar interested drummer Bozzio pay tribute to FZ in the opening section of "Strafe", the main theme in "Austin Powers" (a different arrangement of this tune may end up on Alex Machacek's next solo album) and most noteably on "S150", one hell of piece, pushed forward by sick unisono runs and solos at breakneck speed.

Gerald Preinfalk's "Invisible" displays it's true maturity on the studio recording and stands up as one of the best tunes on the album. A (possibly sequenced) bass clarinet riff accompanies Alex Machacek's soulful electric guitar solo, then gives way to Bozzio's dramatic bass drum kicks over thick guitar synth textures, making up the perfect background for a final melancholic alto solo.

A jazzy version of "Auf um Aug" combines xenochronous live recordings from September 2001, with heads and sax solo from Hoechst/Austria (Sept 27) and a fierce guitar solo recorded two days later at Vienna's Porgy & Bess. For me Bozzio's greatest moments can be heard on "I Remember Edison", with an unrelentless bass drum pulse creating a thrilling tension throughout. The man's use of a vast arsenal of percussion instruments is awesome here and demonstrates how far ahead he is in this particular musical area. When the piece reaches it's climax, Terry literally attacks his kit, while Machacek's clean guitar and Preinfalk's wailing soprano sax send shivers down the listener's spine.

The album's closing tune is a peaceful Bozzio duo tune, played by Alex and Gerald sans Terry. This includes fleeting hints of Canterbury music, noteably the bass clarinet line over the repeated guitar motif recalls the melancholic atmosphere of "Two Rainbows Daily" by Alan Gowen & Hugh Hopper.

Here it is, BPM's "Delete And Roll" - an excellent crossover album at the fringe of jazz, fusion, avantgarde prog-rock and their numerous sub-genres.

The CD can be ordered from Terry Bozzio's webstore at http://www.terrybozzio.com and should soon be available at audiophileimports.com

For more information contact Alex Machacek at:

Helmut Koch


From: "PIERRE TASSONE" <musbymail@get2net.dk>
Subject: Pierre Moerlen's Leave It Open
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 00:54:41 +0200


Could anyone tell me where I could get the Pierre Moerlen's album "Leave It Open" ? Or has anyone it for sale?

Thanks in advance for your answers. You can reach me at musbymail@get2net.dk

Pierre Tassone  


From: "Perico Sambeat" <PERICO.SAMBEAT@terra.es>
Subject: Canterbury
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 02:40:53 +0200


I'm a musician myself and a Hatfield & the north fan. I´d like to get some recordings by different Canterbury artists. I live in Spain but travel often to England, and I haven't been able to find any in any record store. Maybe you can help me.

Perico Sambeat

p.s. ¿could you send me the words of "Fol de rol", from the 1st Hatfield album?


From: "Antonio Siniscalchi" <antonjjo@inwind.it>
Subject: Caravan in Italy / Software
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 08:41:46 +0200

Dear Aymeric

I was at the Caravan show in Rome, and that was my first chance ever to see the band. I certailnly do not regret having travelled  there, I enjoied the concert and the audience was quite happy with it, but I was not enthusiastic over a few aspects, some technical as Hastings voice not being properly treated through the mix, some I can not say wether technical or also due to my personal taste, namely the keyboards sound and a too loud drumming. I thought these were really too personal impressions to be told, to isolated I mean, but I had the chance of exchange opinions with other "fans"(?) some having been in Sarzana and I found out that not everything had been magnificent for everybody, especially the most recent stuff, a disappointing discovery for us not acquainted yet. Eventually the highest performances were the old songs and a particular mention for Richardson, the bad surprise a disgraceful version of "O Caroline", but I see someone else was very pleased with  it.

Take care everybody,

PS: SOFTWARE! When I first read about it I thought it was a joke, sort of a funny trick for fans, or specifically made for me. My favourite guitarist with my favourite saxophonist with two of my very favourite bassists and drummers? I can not help having great expectations, so thank you for advising us that it is not going to be a S.M. 5 meets Bundles.


From: Michael Dybus <mdybus@yahoo.com>
Subject: SlappHappy
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 07:31:07 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks for having Slapp Happy lyrics [on Calyx]. It really made my day to find the lyrics for The Drum.

Would you know if there is the chord changes for that song out there anywhere?? The reason i ask is you seem to be the only site that had anything on these guys... Well, except for a Japanese site




From: Alexander Domrin <alexander-domrin@uiowa.edu>
Subject: A couple of questions
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2002 13:36:19 -0500

Hi Aymeric -

Greetings from Iowa City!

I return to Russia in a couple of weeks and I thought that it would be nice to get in touch with other Russian collectors of Canterbury music. I came across a couple of Russian names in old   issues of WR, and I wrote to them, but both messages bounced back - the addresses are no longer effective. That would be appeciated if you could share with me your Russian contacts and/or send them my Russian Email address: domrin@pc-club.ru

Finally, are you aware of any live recordings of Rapid Eye Movement? I am a big fan of Dave Stewart, but I've never heard his REM music.

Thanks a lot!

Have a good weekend,


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*               FORTHCOMING CANTERBURY-RELATED CONCERTS                 *
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        [for more info : check out the 'Concerts' page of CALYX]

==> "PROGMAN COMETH" FESTIVAL <==========================================

This festival will take place on August 16th & 17th, 2002 at Seattle's Moore Theatre. Among the bands appearing are numerous 'Canterbury scene' related groups, several of which are making their live debut on this occasion.

August 16th:

GLASS (with friends)
HUGHSCORE [(almost) live debut]
Pip PYLE'S BASH [live debut]

August 17th:

Richard SINCLAIR (duo with pianist David Rees-Williams)
SOFTWARE [live debut]

August 18th:

Daevid ALLEN's UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS with special guest Kevin AYERS
All-Star Jam-Session

Also appearing at various times during the festival:

Gordon BECK (solo piano & guest appearances)

==> "CANTERBURY FAYRE" FESTIVAL <========================================

Canterbury 2002 will happen 23/24/25 August - with camping. Event will start early on the Friday evening. Initially only full weekend passes available rather than day tickets so we can balance the camping requirements. There will be passouts for those that prefer to stay in alternative accomodation.

Price will be £80 including camping - ticket price reflects restricted capacity and tight regulations. Children under 14 free. Further details at the festival website http://www.canterburyfayre.com

Bands/acts confirmed include Ozric Tentacles, Jack Bruce & Cuicoland Express, Kevin Ayers, 21st Century Schizoid Band (Mike Giles, Peter Giles, Ian McDonald, Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk) playing the music of King Crimson, Nik Turner's Space Ritual, Fish, All About Eve, Mostly Autumn, Love with Arthur Lee, Arthur Brown, The Electric Prunes, Man, Karnataka, The Stranglers, The Pretty Things, The Damned and The Muffin Men.

==> Daevid ALLEN & UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS <================================

Aug 18 - SEATTLE, WA (USA), Progman Cometh Festival / Aug 22 - SEATTLE, WA (USA), I-Spy / Aug 24 - SAN JUAN ISLAND (USA), Egg Lake Music Fair

Sep 09 - PARIS (France), Nouveau Casino / Sep 10 - VERVIERS (Belgium), Spirit Of '66

Oct 10 - PARIS (France), New Morning / Oct 11 - LA CHAUX DE FONDS (Switzerland), Le Bikini Test

==> CARAVAN <============================================================

"Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Caravan will be unable to appear at the Canterbury Fayre Festival on Friday August 23rd. However, the festival is still taking place as planned with all other billed artists and any rumours to the contrary are entirely without foundation. Caravan and their management apologise for this disappointing news but are pleased to confirm that winter UK dates to promote the forthcoming studio album will be announced soon. Concerts in Germany, Holland and France are also planned".

Line-up: Pye Hastings, Dave Sinclair, Richard Coughlan, Geoff Richardson,
         Doug Boyle, Jim Leverton, Simon Bentall

==> John GREAVES <=======================================================

Sep 28 - LES LILAS [nr Paris] (France), Le Triton

Trio with Sophia Domancich & Vincent Courtois

==> Hugh HOPPER <========================================================

Aug 16 - SEATTLE (USA), Moore Theater

HUGHSCORE: Hugh Hopper (bass), Fred Chalenor (bass), Elaine DiFalco (vocals and keyboards) & Tucker Martine (drums) + Steve Moore (add. keyboards)

Aug 17 - SEATTLE (USA), Moore Theater

SOFTWARE: Elton Dean (sax & electric piano), Allan Holdsworth (guitar), Hugh Hopper (bass), John Marshall (drums)

Sep 13/14 - LES LILAS [nr Paris] (France), Le Triton

with POLYSOFT playing the classic Soft Machine repertoire (featuring Emmanuel Bex, Pierre-Olivier Govin, Jean-Rémy Guédon, Serge Adam & François Merville + special guest Elton Dean)


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*                        AND OTHER GOOD GIGS...                         *
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==> HAPPY THE MAN <======================================================

Aug 29 - FALLS CHURCH (VA), State Theater / Aug 30 - NEWPORT NEWS (VA), Air and Space Museum / Aug 31 - VIRGINIA BEACH (VA), venue tbc / Sep 01 - CHAPEL HILL (NC), Storybook Farm [ProgDay Festival]

Line-up: Stanley Whitaker, Frank Wyatt, Rick Kennell
         Ron Riddle & David Rosenthal

==> MAGMA <==============================================================

Oct 04 - CAEN (France), La Fonderie / Oct 11 - FRIBOURG (Switzerland), Le Fri-Son / Oct 12 - GENEVA (Switzerland), Le Mad / Oct 15 - WARSAW (Poland), tbc / Oct 25 - RIS-ORANGIS [nr Paris] (France), Le Plan / Oct 28 - TROYES (France), Nuit Champagne (tbc) / Nov 05-06 - COUSTELET (France), La Gare / Nov 07 - MONTPELLIER (France), Victoire 2 / Nov 08 - TOULON (France), tbc / Nov 09 - NICE (France), Théatre Lino Ventura / Nov 15 - MAGNY-LES-HAMEAUX (France), Estaminet / Nov 16 - ALENCON (France), La Luciole / Nov 22 - FESTIVAL DE LA COTE D'OPALE (France) / Nov 23 - MAGNY-LE-HONGRE (France), File 7 / Dec 08 - QUIMPER (France), Festival Aprem Jazz (tbc) / Dec 16 - ANNECY (France), Le Brise-Glace / Dec 21 - RENNES (France), La Cité

Line-up: Christian Vander, Stella Vander, Emmanuel Borghi,
         Philippe Bussonnett, James McGaw, Isabelle Feuillebois,
         Antoine Paganotti, Himiko Paganotti


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