Monday, February 29, 2016

Anthony Moore - 1971 - Pieces From The Cloudland Ballroom

Anthony Moore
Pieces From The Cloudland Ballroom

01. Jam Jem Jim Jom Jum
02. Mu Na H-Uile Ni A Shaoileas
03. A.B.C.D. Gol'Fish

These are all the credits on the album:
Vocals [Uncredited] – Gieske Hof-Helmers, Glyn Davenport, Ulf Kenklies
Cymbal [Hi-hat, Uncredited] – Werner Diermaier
Design [At Zeitartwork] – Steve Lee (16)
Featuring [Uncredited] – Gunther Wusthoff
Liner Notes – Anthony Moore
Producer [Uncredited] – Uwe Nettelbeck

Anthony Moore's liner notes:
"This is a palindrome that takes nearly 20 minutes to complete based on the odd numbers 3, 5, 7, 9, 11. Palindromes are structures that can be read forwards or backwards such as 'Satan oscillate my metallic sonataS' or '?Was It a car or a cat I saW?'. Imagine a waltz, that is 3/4 time, superimposed at the same tempo over a piece in 5/4. The lowest common denominator of 3 and 5 is 15. This means that on the 16th beat, two pieces will re-synchronise, completing a circle of departing and approaching, a mirror image. To these two, add the further patterns of 7, 9 & 11 beats and it will then take the five parts approximately 20 mins to arrive at the point where, for the first time since the opening beat, they all land together"

Anthony Moore's musical career began when he met Peter Blegvad, while both were students at St Christopher School, Letchworth. They played in various bands, including Slapp Happy (the name was a reference to Blegvad's then-girlfriend) and the Dum-Dums. After school Moore studied Indian classical music with Viram Jasani in 1969, and went on to compose his first film soundtrack for David Larcher's Mare's Tale.

In 1971 Moore moved to Hamburg, Germany and worked in Hamburg's experimental music scene, recording two minimalist albums for Polydor Germany. In 1972 Blegvad visited Moore in Hamburg and, along with Moore's girlfriend (and soon to be wife) Dagmar Krause, Moore (guitar, keyboards), Blegvad (guitar) and Krause (vocals) formed the avant-pop trio, Slapp Happy. Moore and Blegvad composed the band's music.

Slapp Happy recorded two albums for Polydor Germany with krautrock group Faust as their backing band. Polydor released the first, Sort Of in 1972, but rejected the second, Casablanca Moon. This rejection prompted Slapp Happy to relocate to London where they signed up with Virgin Records and re-recorded Casablanca Moon, released in 1974 by Virgin as Slapp Happy. (The original Casablanca Moon was later released by Recommended Records as Acnalbasac Noom in 1980.) In 1974 Slapp Happy merged briefly with avant-rock group Henry Cow, recording two albums in 1975, Desperate Straights and In Praise of Learning. However soon after recording the second album, first Moore, then Blegvad left the amalgamation on account of incompatibilities with the group. Blegvad remarked that the "chords and the time signatures were too complicated." But Krause elected to remain with Henry Cow and that spelt the end of Slapp Happy.

Moore and Blegvad parted company at this point, but did reunite for brief Slapp Happy reunions in 1982–1983, 1997 and 2000. Moore, Blegvad and Krause also collaborated in 1991 on the specially commissioned opera 'Camera', which was made by the production company After Image and was broadcast two years later on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.

After leaving Henry Cow/Slapp Happy, Moore relaunched his solo career in 1977 by releasing Out on Virgin Records, with backing by Kevin Ayers and Andy Summers. Out, however, was not commercial enough for Virgin, and they cancelled Moore's contract. In 1978 and 1981 Moore recorded Flying Doesn't Help and World Service, respectively on independent labels. Both albums were well received. The song "World Service", inspired by the BBC World Service, was released as a single and combines shortwave radio with heavy dance beats.

Moore has worked in various European locations as a freelance composer, writing songs and film scores. He has produced a number of albums, including This Heat's debut album and collaborated with Pink Floyd on two of their albums.

In 1996 Moore was appointed professor for research into sound and music in the context of new media at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. From 2000 to 2004 he was the principal of the Academy of Media Arts. Moore has also travelled to many European locations, presenting lectures on sound and music.

In 2002 Moore formed a music trio with Jörg Lindenmaier and Peter C. Simon called LMS, named after the first letters of their surnames. They performed in France and Germany between 2002 and 2003.

Hints of Terry Riley in this piece from Slapp Happy’s Anthony Moore. You can also hear shades of Faust; which is unsurprising seeing as this was recorded at Wümme (Faust’s purpose built studio)

Those of you familiar with Moore from legendary Slapp Happy and Faust (the latter whom contributed to the german produced two SH albums) and his later appearance in the Slapp Happy/Henry Cow "supergroup" should not be disappointed to hear these wondrous pieces. They were produced at the highly productive german period of Moore when he was making soundtracks for the movies of Werner Nekes. They are a worthy representation not only of the actual time period but also of the wide range of compositional greatness of the artist. Absolutely recommended!

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