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« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2010, 05:51:59 AM »

taken from Malignant, but not written by him...

"Organum - Valentin 7 inch (Equation Records: E=MC23)
   
233 numbered copies. Heavy matte picture sleeve plus matching card insert (both full CMYK). First vinyl release by Organum in over 7 years. It is hard to underestimate the importance and significance of Organum. David Jackman (the force behind the project) wishes the audio to speak for itself and prefers not to attempt to describe the contents of this release. However, it is worthy to note that the greatest possible care was made to every aspect of this release -- which was mastered at Prairie Cat Mastering, who provided the most clear and dynamic audio possible. A release worthy of inclusion in the extensive discography of Organum."

I had to laugh at that mastering part.  Prairie Cat (previously known at Metropolis in Chicago) is one of the worst mastering joints in the USA.  They're inexpensive, quick, and used by A LOT of labels...but that doesn't mean diddly-doo.  I hate that guy's ear.  If there is one mastering joint that knows how to suck the life right out of a recording, it is Prairie Cat.  It isn't a 100% sure thing, but it happens often enough...too often.
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« Reply #31 on: October 21, 2014, 01:31:43 PM »

I've been listening to Organum & David Jackman tonight and I was reminded again that, like stated in this thread before, Jackman's is a strange and unique sound world that I'll have to keep exploring. I'm very far from knowing most of his releases, and while I'm planning to buy more, what I'd especially be interested in is if he has any more releases in the vein of Organum/David Jackman's Penguins Eat Fish/Little Dark Wing 7" or the first track on Organum's Die Hennen Zähne 3" CD. These pieces are not in his usual droning style; instead they seem like single elements of very different kinds of music taken out of their original context and pasted together to create pieces that are surprising and unusual. Or they're little more than an idea, like side B of the aforementioned 7" (Mikko described this 7" very well in this thread), but they're simply great regardless. I love these pieces, so I'd like to read recommendations about further releases with this kind of approach. I love Jackman's more usual "metal droning" style too and have a number of Organum releases in that vein, but I imagine there are a few musical surprises among Organum's/Jackman's (and related, like A Mouse Orchestra and Lost Shadow) releases (especially perhaps the countless 7"'s?).
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« Reply #32 on: October 22, 2014, 08:55:16 PM »

There's a Rarities and Unreleased 3CD out there.  It's not official, but it makes hearing the short, expensive 7"s convenient.  HERE  I think you can find it lossless, too.
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« Reply #33 on: October 23, 2014, 12:54:39 AM »

Thanks a lot, I'm downloading it now.
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« Reply #34 on: October 23, 2014, 09:35:52 PM »



i've really appreciated "Tower of silence"
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« Reply #35 on: December 23, 2017, 05:31:50 PM »

http://dieordiy2.blogspot.com/

They've been uploading original Jackman tapes in various groups.  Same for original The New Blockaders tapes.  I haven't cross-referenced anything with CD reissues, but my hunch is that anything on CD has been changed in some way.  Might be worth hearing and having original cassette rips if you're really into this stuff, even if they're lossy.
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« Reply #36 on: December 02, 2018, 02:58:02 AM »

Organum - Raven (CD, Siren Records)

The first Organum release in 8 years, and I think it’s great. All the tracks are basically the same, but that doesn’t detract from the album as a whole. The atmosphere is majestic and somber. The music is made up of two types of piano sounds, bells tolling and the sounds of ravens, and that’s it. The album feels like a grand statement for which only a few elements were required and nothing else. That said, I can imagine some people would find it too minimalistic. If you like Organum’s last couple releases before this one, you’ll like this too (I actually like this album better than some of those).
I wonder if there will be more Organum/David Jackman releases in the future. I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t, but who knows.
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« Reply #37 on: December 02, 2018, 04:46:57 AM »

Organum - Raven (CD, Siren Records)

The first Organum release in 8 years, and I think it’s great. All the tracks are basically the same, but that doesn’t detract from the album as a whole. The atmosphere is majestic and somber. The music is made up of two types of piano sounds, bells tolling and the sounds of ravens, and that’s it. The album feels like a grand statement for which only a few elements were required and nothing else. That said, I can imagine some people would find it too minimalistic. If you like Organum’s last couple releases before this one, you’ll like this too (I actually like this album better than some of those).
I wonder if there will be more Organum/David Jackman releases in the future. I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t, but who knows.

Listened to two previews earlier today. Fucking christ, they're gorgeous. Culmination if you ask me. Will get this soon, perfect for reading or writing.

Oddly enough been taking a lot of field recordings of ravens and bells myself lately. Not that I believe in "synchronicity" or much of anything really but funny how life works out sometimes. Thanks for your review.
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« Reply #38 on: December 02, 2018, 09:08:20 PM »

Raven is 13 tracks, all clocking at 3:21 or 3:27.  Jackman has often made things suspicious like that.  Frans de Waard wrote in his review, "In each of these pieces the same things happens, and I know I could rip all of these pieces and compare the pieces to see if they are really the same or perhaps they have miniature changes, but I didn't."  So tempting, but I won't either.  I'll just allow it to nag me.  I'm not instantly taking to this disc like I did with Sorow, but I'll give it time.  Jackman has earned that with me.
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« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2019, 02:54:41 PM »

Spinning the Organum & TNB - Wrack (in 4 parts) 12" (Dom Bartwuchs, 1990) on repeat here. Although I love it in 45rpm, which is the speed stated on discogs and on the "official site" of Jackman, it sounds twice as good (and in these ears more natural) in 33rpm. The usual TNB wreckage going on, enveloped in huge Organum droning, a "hugeness" that gets a bit lost when played in 45rpm. Makes me wonder if the listed speed is actually accurate? I know it comes from Jackman himself, but still...
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« Reply #40 on: October 16, 2019, 09:16:02 PM »

Raven is 13 tracks, all clocking at 3:21 or 3:27.  Jackman has often made things suspicious like that.  Frans de Waard wrote in his review, "In each of these pieces the same things happens, and I know I could rip all of these pieces and compare the pieces to see if they are really the same or perhaps they have miniature changes, but I didn't."  So tempting, but I won't either.  I'll just allow it to nag me.  I'm not instantly taking to this disc like I did with Sorow, but I'll give it time.  Jackman has earned that with me.

Its the same two tracks alternating.  He did this kinda thing before w that ST 7"" on Sonaria where it was the same track repeated (itself even a track from some other 7).

It still rules, and Id keep playing em over and over anyways, so he just digitized resetting the needle / arm.
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« Reply #41 on: October 16, 2019, 09:17:57 PM »

Spinning the Organum & TNB - Wrack (in 4 parts) 12" (Dom Bartwuchs, 1990) on repeat here. Although I love it in 45rpm, which is the speed stated on discogs and on the "official site" of Jackman, it sounds twice as good (and in these ears more natural) in 33rpm. The usual TNB wreckage going on, enveloped in huge Organum droning, a "hugeness" that gets a bit lost when played in 45rpm. Makes me wonder if the listed speed is actually accurate? I know it comes from Jackman himself, but still...

I always play my Organum  D.J. records at all available speeds in each listening, who cares what he wants, it sounds good either way as far as I'm concerned, and making a 1 minute 12 second 7" a lil longer is worth it.
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« Reply #42 on: November 18, 2019, 10:51:34 PM »

http://www.art-into-life.com/product/10641

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Funny to see him going down the old nostalgia route, if so...
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« Reply #43 on: November 18, 2019, 11:18:52 PM »

That sample has some depth...but I have to admit in thinking that, am I the fool?  In the middle of a Brotzmann show, I found myself wondering the same thing.  I'm enjoying this.  Glad to be here.  But then...is this guy doing anything?  Is this "good"?  Am I playing the fool in this exercise?  I could wonder this same thing at any point, in any situation, experiencing anything at all, but some artists (maybe the good ones) cause me to question whether they're just fucking with us and exposing us.  Jackman certainly strikes me this way.
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