Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson - La Jolla Good Friday I-IICreel Pone
CP 052 CD
Reproduction of this 1981 LP featuring two wasted / buzzing / side-long / go-nowhere early Computer-controlled Analogue Synthesizer pieces - rendered via Ed Kobrin's "Hybrid IV" setup - captured on March 28th, 1975 & sounding not unlike an airplane anding / taking off as realized by the programmers of an Atari 2600 console video game.
Sigubjörnsson is an interesting character; his "Kisum / Intrada" LP of trio clarinet, viola, & piano pieces was issued by the same pre-Caprice Expo Norr RIKS "Reportage" series as Bo Anders Persson's "Spela Själv" & Bengt Hambraeus' fantastic "Rota II / Tetragon" - yet other than a few compilation pieces, this is the only other issue of his work. Something a tough nut to crack actually - mainly due to its’ inherent “Nothingness” - but what I do find appealing is that despite being birthed from well within an “Academic” environ - the hallowed halls of UCSD's "Center for Music Experiment" - this is probably more zonked & “Automatic” -sounding than most private / bedroom-electronic LPs of the era - or of any time between 1975 and now.
One thing’s for certain; this does a bang-up job of capturing a certain just-pre digital-age claustrophobia - think: "Wargames" - than any other record I’ve heard - and yes, that “one man against the world” spirit I’m often referencing is here in droves. One of the very few releases of Early Electronic / Computer music by an Icelandic composer - I’m surprised it’s taken Mr. P.C. C.P. this long to dig this one up! - fans of the second disc of the Pietro Grossi Creel Pone will be in familiar / alien territory, as will those of the psychedelic end of the Minimal / Synth spectrum, or any number of stoned, outsider 70s synth-jams.