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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                          Issue # 30                          ::
  ::                Wednesday, November 27th, 1996                ::
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From : Aymeric Leroy <bigbang@alpes-net.fr>
Subject : Explanation
Date : Thursday, 28 Nov 96 01:39:35 +0000

It's been a long time since the previous issue of WHAT'S RATTLIN'. This
is due to the fact that my computer has suffered severe damage resulting
in the replacement of my hard disk. I've just got back my computer at
last so everything is back in place, hopefully.

The e-mails sent to me before November 10th are obviously not included in
this issue. If you remember having sent one, please re-post it.

There are many subjects I would like to raise but time is lacking and I
prefer to send out this issue and delay the rest until the following one.

Thanks for your patience.


From: Clay Gaunce <CGAUNCE@UKCC.UKY.EDU>
Subject: Ut Gret
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 96 15:35:32 EST

Hello Aymeric and fellow Ratt'lers!  It is with some trepidation that I seek
space in this edition, having been afforded so much of it when Aymeric
published several playlists from my radio show in WR #27.  But I have news of
a debut CD by a band called Ut Gret which Henry Cow/Art Bears/Muffins fans
will want to hear.  Although it's not made clear in the liner notes, I believe
Ut Gret are a trio...Joee Conroy, Greg Goodman, and David Stilley...multi-
instrumentalists joined on TIME OF THE GRETS by Henry Kaiser, Gregory Acker,
Eugene Chadbourne, Davey Williams, Misha Feigin, and Murray Reams; however, the trio as it appeared at the Eclectic Electric Event (EEE) festival last
summer in Louisville, Kentucky were, I believe, Conroy-Acker-Feigin.  Hence
the confusion which, in fact, may be by design:  these guys play with remarkable cohesion no matter what the configuration!  BTW, reviews of EEE
may be found at

...and at...

Among the six dozen or so influences cited by the band in the liner notes are
Fred Frith and Daevid Allen...and among the songs is one called "Friend of the
Cow".  Eugene Chadbourne appears on a Charlie Parker/Anthony Braxton tribute
called "Braxton & the Bird", and Henry Kaiser joins the band for "Silly Hat
Frontier".  Joee Conroy's "zitherphonics" on "Time & Revolution" are not to be
missed...but IMHO, the most compelling track is "Magma Futura", featuring
Misha Feigin on voice; David Stilley on keyboards, wind synth, baritone-alto-
soprano saxophones, percussion & flute; Joee Conroy on guitars, violins, viol
da gamba, Chapman stick, bass, psaltry, and shamisen; and, Gregory Acker on
djembe and percussion.  Put simply, TIME OF THE GRETS is new R.I.O. at its
finest, designed for the serious listener with a sense of humor.  They've
created a mythology involving medeival organs, Barbarian Invaders, neo-Gretian
scholars, peasant dance crazes, the "phenomenon known as property insurance",
and even whimsical hieroglyphics.  Executive producer of the project was Steve
Roberts (original keyboardist with French TV), who can provide additional
details at ZNR@aol.com



From: Phil Howitt <phil@facelift.sonnet.co.uk>
Subject: canterbury news!
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 96 21:37:15 +0000

Hi Aymeric

A couple of bits of news that I'd like to pass on to you to publicise through
WR, if you would. Both will have come and gone before the next Facelift (early
New Year), and I'd like people to know about them.

Firstly: there's an Adiemus concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on
Saturday 30th November at 8pm. Adiemus is a (very popular) classical music
project which has provided a lot of music for ads over here and attracted a  
good deal of attention within classical music circles (check out the review in
Facelift 15 for more detailed analysis of the album that appeared on
Virgin). Of  interest to Canterbury music people because of the involvement
of Mike Ratledge and Karl Jenkins. Apparently there's no mention of Ratledge
being involved at the RAH, but Karl Jenkins and Miriam Stockley (the main
vocalist) are. Tickets 0171 589 8212.

Secondly: Jakko (who's recent Resurgence release 'Are My Ears On Wrong' is a
compilation of material from his never-released second and third solo albums
from the Eighties) has just phoned to tell me about a piece he's composed for
BBC Radio 3 entitled 'Road to Ballina'. It's a musical interpretation of his
extraordinary life-story which was outlined in a Radio 4 documentary a few
years back. It will be broadcast on around December 15th (look out for
listings around  that time) and is a classical piece, although there will be some rock elements (including contributions from Dave Stewart). I hope to write a little more about Jakko's radio pieces in the next Facelift. And it
will be coming out on CD in the New Year.

That's all for now - hope you can include this in the next WR.

Cheers, Phil


From: donnamx@waterw.com (Earl Rapp)
Subject: Hewins/Hopper
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 1996 18:11:56 -0700

Greetings Rattlers:

I would like to get a few Humble Opinions, of the Hewins/Hopper and Clarke
show of Nov.12. Hopefully, someone caught the show.

Please keep us informed on Mashu info.

Thank You,
Earl Rapp

Earl Rapp


From: Paul Larson <rinkedinkus@earthlink.net>
Subject: live recordings
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 1996 00:48:19 -0600

hello from Missouri, the land of nothing!
as a longtime gong/soft machine/henry cow fan, i was wondering if you
or any of your cohorts have access to any live recordings of the above
groups. i have a rare daevid allen w/new york gong tape from colorado
in the eighties. the sound is great, and so's everything else about
it. also-got any idea what the hell ever became of the great and good
mike ratledge? i haven't heard filch nor grumble about him for too
many years!
with baited breath


From: mashu@musart.co.uk
Subject : Hugh Hopper
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 1996 13:48:55 GMT

Hi Aymeric.

There's now another link off Hugh's page 'Gigs & recording' which lists most
of his work from 1963-96 He's provided it for 'serious students' only! ^_^

< http://musart.co.uk/hh_gigs.htm >

Happy days.... Off with MASHU now.... Brussells on Tuesday.



From: Michael Clare <mykelc@earthlink.net>
Subject: Hadouk & Magick Bros. Dates
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 1996 06:44:33 -0800

Hello Aymeric,
Just a note to let you know that Didier Malherbe and Loy Erlich will be
performing in Paris next weekend with Hadouk and that Magick Brothers
are touring Italy and England in early December.  I do not know any
more particulars, perhaps you can find the tour dates and post them?
Michael Clare
November 21, 1996


From: "Michael E. Perez" <m.perez14@genie.geis.com>
Subject: Soft Machine video
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 03:46:54 -0500

In my video archives I came across a short (about five minutes) clip
that was videotaped off the USA cable network several years ago.  The
clip was of the '70-'71 line-up (Ratledge, Wyatt, Hopper, and Dean) and
was from a British show of around that time.  It is live, not synced!
Is this something with which anyone is familiar?



From: Bomnueter@t-online.de (Ulrich Bomnueter)
Subject: Peter Blegvad material!!
Date: Sat, 23 Nov 96 18:16 MET

[In WR#29, Daniel Ray Phipps wrote:]
>Saw your Canterbury web-page on the Net (very, very nice!!) and am
>DESPERATE for some of your Peter Blegvad material!  For example:  "The
>Naked Shakespeare" and "Knights Like This" on CD!  DOES IT EVEN EXIST
>ANYMORE???  I keep coming up on dead ends whenever I try to obtain it
>from somewhere!  Do you know of any connections that could be made so I
>could get these discs?  Any information would be appreciated, of course!

I know where to get these in Germany, although this will be of little help
to you. However, I have an extra of 'Just Woke Up' on CD. If you are
interested, we could probably arrange a trade somehow.

>I'm also interested in the fact that Blegvad has put out what seems to
>be a German-language album with John Greaves.  (Could this be another
>"arty" project along the lines of "Unearthed?")  Do you have access to
>this recording, too?  Please inform me as to what to do here as I stated
>before I AM DESPERATE!!!>

You are referring to "Dr. Huelsenbecks Mentale Heilmethode" published by
Rough Trade (Germany) in 1992. This is a *very strange* record! It's about
Richard Huelsenbeck, a member of the German DaDa movement in the first two
decades of this century. Most of the record features readings from him (very
entertaining, very funny for someone to understand German), carefully and
beautifully underlied by music of Peter Blegvad and John Greaves plus a few
German musicians (Holger Czukay!).

To quote a review from 1992: "Except for free sounds with guitar loops,
infernalic rocksounds, soft minimalistic piano chords there are folk
elements, surrealistic carousel melodies and campfire romanticism."

There is one real song on the CD, however: a poem by Huelsenbeck ("End of
the World"), set to music and sung by Blegvad. Very beautiful!

This CD is still to be found in some mailorder catalogues here in Germany,
although I'm not sure, if they *really* still can supply this one.

Hope this helps.


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[Mark Hewins-Hugh Hopper-Shyamal Maitra]
Nov 29 - Chez Jacky, Bresse-sur-Grosne, France
Nov 30 - Chez Jacky, Bresse-sur-Grosne, France

[Daevid Allen-Graham Clark-Mark Robson]
Dec - UK and/or European tour (TBC)

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