Plunderphonics* ‎– 69 Plunderphonics 96

Seeland ‎– 515, fony ‎– 069/96
2 × CD, Compilation
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1-1 Margo Integer Btls
Producer [Original Producer] – George MartinTransferred By [Redubbed The Source Material] – John Oswald
1-2 Deep Zen Pill w/ Brother Bam Shock Power
Backing Band – Led ZeppelinEffects [Transistor Short Wave Radio Intro] – John Oswald, Karlheinz*, Reginald FessendenVoice [Preacher, Evangelist] – Brother Shambock*, Brother J.C.Crawford*Written-By ["Hymnen" Sample] – Karlheinz Stockhausen
Elektrax (Rubáiyát)
1-3 Sir Jim Moron O'hell
Edited By [Fix-Up] – John OswaldFeaturing [Make An Appearance] – The CureFeaturing [Uncredited] – Jim MorrisonWritten-By [Medley Of Greatest Hits] – The Doors
1-4 Cwene w/ Alice Malt 2net
Performer [Cover Rendition] – MetallicaSongwriter [Source Song "Stone Cold Crazy"], Vocals [Inserts Of The Word 'Crazy' Sung By] – Queen
1-5 Timely Buck Anon
Composed By [Original], Effects [Surf Sound] – Tim BuckleyEffects [Thunderstorm Effects] – Doors*
1-6 Sonic Mylar w/ Erastus Spyfact Vane
Arranged By [Original Arrangements] – Faster PussycatSongwriter [Based On], Arranged By [Original Arrangements] – Carly SimonVocals [Words Sung By] – Carly*, Faster Pussycat
1-7 5cm Mother
Featuring [Uncredited] – MC5Remastered By [Bass] – John Oswald
1-8 Icky Dante Z
Guest [Vocalist] – Yamatsuka EyeSongwriter [Bits Of Songs] – Naked City
1-9 Luis Erect Angle
Featuring [Uncredited] – Curtis LeeProgrammed By [M] – John OswaldSongwriter – Phil Spector
1-10 Asher Ogre Groin Way
Featuring [Uncredited] – George HarrisonSongwriter – Beatles*
1-11 Lhennj Ono Sfield
Lyrics By [Original] – Lennon*Songwriter – Beatles*
1-12 Spheric Plot Ebb
Songwriter – Phil Spector
1-13 Dame Conic Cannon Madmod
Songwriter [Original] – Madonna Ciccone*Voice – Madonna
1-14 Lisbon Raincoat Mojo Brazilianaires Theme
Featuring [Uncredited] – Antonio Carlos Jobim
1-15 Taco Pizza Five Bday
Drums – Great Bob ScottSongwriter [Source Tapes] – Pizzicato FiveVocals – Nomiya Maki*
1-16 Donna Nice Eros Philosophry
Songwriter [Skeleton Of The Song] – Edie BrickellVocals – Sinéad O'Conner*
1-17 Enid Van Volt Cuss
Composed By [Original] – Couperin*Keyboards [Keyboard] – Tom ConstantenRecorded By – Henry KaiserSampler [Synclavier] – John OswaldWords By [Built Up From A Spoken Word Track] – Don Van Vliet
1-18 Jensen Pox Lesion Blues Corp Explo
Featuring [Uncredited] – The Jon Spencer Blues ExplosionProgrammed By [M] – John Oswald
1-19 Cushion Toy Sonic Euthanasia
Featuring [Uncredited] – Sonic YouthVoice – Kim Gordon
1-20 Guy Nib Of Nine Canals Cyfer
Chorus [Doo-Wop Chorus] – Annie LennoxSongwriter [Original] – Fine Young Cannibals
1-21 Dally Proton Pretender
Vocals – Dolly PartonWritten-By – Buck Ram
1-22 Vessel Ripley Dont
Backing Vocals [Lifted, Transposed And Reinserted] – The JordanairesBass – Bill Black (2)Double Bass – Marvin GreenFeaturing [Appropriations] – Cecil Taylor, György LigetiGuitar – Bill FrisellPercussion [Brushes] – Gregory Kozak*Piano – Mike Snow*Piano [Overlay] – Bobby Wiseman*Songwriter [Original Guitar Part] – Scotty MooreVocals – Elvis PresleyWritten-By [Original] – Jerry Leiber And Mike Stoller*
1-23 Gibbons Cry White
Performer – Bing CrosbyVocals – Pygmy Men*
1-24 Jem Snowbar Black
Keyboards, Noises [Cars] – John OswaldVocals [Grooves] – James Brown
1-25 News Orb Jam Brown
Alto Saxophone [Solo] – Charlie ParkerFeaturing [Cameo] – Public EnemyMixed By [Assistant] – Holly SmallVocals – James Brown
1-26 Alien Chasm Jock Dab
Composed By [Uncredited] – Michael JacksonVocals [Sings A Capella] – Jacko*
Hi Strategic Aha Case Of Death (Part One. Chapters 1-16)
Voice Actor [Readers] – Mick E. Rawjaws, Sonja Nochik, Wim RaesjwakVoice Actor [Uncredited] – James Warwick, Joan HicksonWords By [Chapter Titles] – Paul HainesWords By [Supplemental Chapter Titles In Parenthesis] – Ray Brain*Written-By [Source] – Agatha Christie
1-27a A Pronounced Death
1-27b Prologuizer Prolixity
1-27c Given Sullen Pause (Her Sodden Paws)
1-27d Une Rosée Du Martin Sans Lustre
1-27e (The Cast Irony)
1-27f Prognosed Dream
1-27g (The Heart Larder)
1-27h Fondling Missed Teaspoon
1-27i Before Fondling Missed Teaspoon
1-27j The Suited Duke)
1-27k Nterminably Adverbially Yours Sincerely
1-27l Bulbous Privates
1-27m Seeing Through The Decidable
1-27n Subtle + Blunt = Tout S'Eplique
1-27o Adherents Lost In Kyzyl Kum
1-27p "Wait A Minute"
1-28 Kid C. Mynah Fabulous
Accompanied By – The Dick Hyman DuoEdited By [Editorial Input] – Dick HymanFeaturing – Pygmy Fellows*
Artie Hitch Saga Case Of Death (Part Two. Chapters 1-9)
Voice Actor [Readers] – Mick E. Rawjaws, Sonja Nochik, Wim RaesjwakVoice Actor [Uncredited] – James Warwick, Joan HicksonWords By [Chapter Titles] – Paul HainesWritten-By [Source] – Agatha Christie
2-27a Verdant Burden = Lack Of Experience
2-27b After Fondling Missed Teaspoon
2-27c Doors' Secret Drawers
2-27d Nagging The Knob
2-27e The Abruptness Of Coincidence
2-27f Chubby Lap Lent
2-27g Birds Described As Almost Flightless
2-27h The Finality Of Coincidence
2-27i Demonic Chutney
2-28 Daffy Shitgrin Andy (Dang Fishy Rift)
Featuring [Uncredited] – Andy Griffith
2-29 Sushi Dart Scar Z24
Composed By [Uncredited] – Richard Strauss
2-30 Camel Tail Net
Featuring – Metallica
2-31 Pecan Army Cult Birth1
Featuring [Uncredited] – Paul McCartneyProgrammed By [M] – John OswaldWritten-By [From] – The Beatles
2-32 Ibex Bribdeck Mist
Composed By – Bix Biederbeck*
2-33 Buck Cherry Barely
Songwriter [Tune] – Chuck Berry
2-34 Tuna Cycle Pram Birth2
Featuring [Uncredited] – Paul McCartneyProgrammed By [M] – John OswaldWritten-By [From] – The Beatles
2-35 ZZ Snarlfit Prelude
Arranged By, Orchestrated By [Reorchestrated] – John OswaldComposed By, Score [Keyboard Scoring] – LIszt*
Quark Tone Sort Mach
Composed By – John OswaldComposed By, Score Editor [Prepared The Score] – John AbramPerformer – Kronos*, The Modern QuartetProducer – Kronos Quartet
2-36a Machintro
2-36b Spyce
2-36c Cartoon
2-36d Testimental
2-36e Mess
Featuring [Quote] – Messian*
2-36f Slap
2-36g Tremor
2-36h Climaxion
2-36i Skip
2-36j Jaunt
Barelys 0:42
2-37 Huck Cyrber Barelys
Songwriter [Tune] – Chuck Berry
2-38 Huck Cyrber Barelys
Songwriter [Tune] – Chuck Berry
2-39 Huck Cyrber Barelys
Songwriter [Tune] – Chuck Berry
2-40 Huck Cyrber Barelys
Songwriter [Tune] – Chuck Berry
2-41 Racy Tune Clamp Birth3
Featuring [Uncredited] – Paul McCartneyProgrammed By [M] – John OswaldWritten-By [From] – The Beatles
2-42 Big Dan Mac Rose
Composed By [Original] – Couperin*Featuring – Drumbo, John French, The Magic BandKeyboards [Keyboard] – Tom ConstantenRecorded By – Henry KaiserSampler [Synclavier] – John OswaldWords By [Built Up From A Spoken Word Track] – Don Van Vliet
2-43 Abner Newton & Brain In Slow Ten4gv
Composed By [Original] – Webern*Sounds – The Beach BoysWritten-By ['Good Vibrations'] – Brian Wilson
2-44 Geese Ritz Bog & Usable Scud Dye Debizet
Choreography [Ballet] – Bill T Jones*Featuring [Uncredited] – Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet
2-45 Ace Sob Unit Pocket
Performer – Harry James And His Big BandSongwriter [Tune] – Count BasieTransferred By [Real-Time Cassette Dub] – Nakamichi
2-46 Edge Pipe Virus Tune
Composed By ['La Traviata' Prelude] – Verdi*Performer – David Prentice (2)
2-47 Data Gel Freud Fold
Concept By [Initial Invitation] – David Gans, Phil LeshFeaturing – The Grateful Dead
2-48 Tyler Calico Mirror
Bass [Solo Concert] – Messr. Phillips*Drums [Solo Concert] – Messr. Dubin*Performer [Solo Concert] – Cecil TaylorSaxophone [Solo Concert] – Messr. Lacy*
2-49 Wieldung Ven Ovenbath DWig
Accompanied By – Kronos QuartetComposed By [Original] – Ludwig van BeethovenProducer – Kronos Quartet
2-50 Devil Gun Won't Behave 7th
Featuring – Ludwig van Beethoven
2-51 Dudley Buscase Lune
Arranged By [Abridgement Of The Generic Meta-Arrangement] – John OswaldElectric Guitar – Jim O'RourkeMusical Box [Mechanical Bird] – Phil StrongScore – Claude Debussy
2-52 Doll Egg Nun Aria
Arranged By – John OswaldComposed By [Uncredited] – Johann Sebastian BachPiano – Glenn GouldTranscription By [Singing, Humming And Moaning] – Christopher ButterfieldTranscription By [The Piano Part] – Ernest CholakisVocals [Singing, Moaning], Humming – Mr Gould*
2-53 Sir Istvan Gorky Spring
Choreography – Holly SmallComposed By – Stravinsky*
2-54 Tsar Rosy Viking Discorite
Composed By – Stravinsky*
2-55 Tara Burch-Bach, Et Al. Lovedrops
Musical Box [Music Boxes] – John OswaldWritten-By [Uncredited] – Bacharach And David, Francis Lai, Maurice Jarre, Paul Francis Webster
2-56 Evolving Nude Web Hat V&
Composed By [Original] – Ludwig van BeethovenPerformer – Kronos*Producer – Kronos Quartet
2-57 Wave Unbeloved Thing PreLieu
Composed By [Original] – Ludwig van BeethovenPerformer – The Modern QuartetProducer – Kronos Quartet
2-58 Tieski Ear Para D
Arranged By – Jennifer*, John OswaldChoreography – Jennifer MascallComposed By ["Parody"] – Erik SatieGuitar – Alex VartySampler [Synclavier] – Henry KaiserSaxophone – John OswaldScore – Satie*Synthesizer [Keyboard DX Synthesizer] – Paul PlimleyVocals – Cora (7)
2-59 Randall Hero Rainbow ▾
Composed By [Source Material] – The 101 String Orchestra*Written-By [Uncredited] – Harold Arlen
2-60 Horrendous Trance Sigh Trend 1001
Composed By [Source Material] – The 101 String Orchestra*Performer [Schlockotron] – John Oswald, Philip Strong*

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Compiles most of John Oswald's infamous "Plunderphonics" recordings, including the 1989 "Plunderphonic" album, and the "Rubáiyát" EP, which was never released. Tracks 1-13, 1-16 and 1-20 are from the Plexure album.

Except for a fix-up in Track 1-3 and remastering Track 1-7, which was bass-shy in the original, Tracks 1-3 to 1-7 is more or less an exact replica of the Elektrax CD-EP. The Elektrax project was originally proposed by Elektra president Bob Krasnow and Nonesuch president Bob Hurwitz.

"69/96" derives from the fact that John Oswald originally created the recordings between 1969 and 1996. These numbers are also used in the package design to stand in for quote marks around John Oswald's "plunderphonics" neologism.

Track 1-2 incorporates the opening of great plunderphonic epic from the mid-sixties, Hymnen, which electroquotes national anthems of the world.
Tracks 1-9 and 1-12 were created for a show that Hal Willner was creating for National Public Radio to celebrate Phil Spector's fiftieth birthday. In the original version of Track 1-12 there's an extended Nina Rota arrangement (from Fellini's "Clowns" movie) following the "Unchained Melody" insert, hacked off in this version.
Tracks 1-10 and 1-11 were listed as one track on the original Plunderphonic disc. Both are from an abandoned early eighties project to make a more-or-less backwards Beatles album.
Track 1-11: Never-before-released version here also includes a synchronized quote of the word 'forever' from the Double Fantasy album.
Track 1-15: The version of this song that Matador released is the wrong one; they had an instrumental bedtrack which they pressed instead of the finished song. So here it is for the first time.
Track 1-13 also titled "madMod" in the liner notes
Track 1-17 and 2-42: Spoken word track from Trout Mask Replica. Recorded at Henry Kaiser's studio in Oakland. Programmed synclavier, one word from the poem on each of the notes of the keyboard. Proceeded to play 'Les Barricades Mysterieuses', and this is what came out.
Track 1-18: Jon Spencer asked me to create something. It was a couple of years before I sent him this track.
Track 1-21 duration is listed as 2:45 on release, but is actually 3:35

Track 1-28 is listed as "1-28a" It's the intermission. It's a bridge.

Disc 2 is mastered so that it begins with track number 27, rather than track 1. Tracks 1 to 26 are unplayable. This technical variation makes it impossible for some players to read the disc ("not recognized by Apple computers unless particular software is used under special conditions"). Disc 2 properly begins with Track 2-28.

Track 2-29 created for a Flemish television director who wanted something Straussian. In 1993 we bought every version of 'Also sprach Zarathustra' available on CD. There were two dozen of them, lined up on a multi-track so the horn entry begins at the same point for all tracks.
Track 2-30 is compiled from the various tracks on one of Metallica's albums.
Track 2-32 consisted of two wild-synced versions of the tune 'In a mist'.
Tracks 2-33, 2-37 to 2-40 is the beginning of a Chuck Berry tune attached immediately to the end of the same tune.
Track 2-36e refers to the inadvertent quote of 'Quartet for the end of time' which is embedded in it.
Track 2-44 has been transcribed for orchestra as a movement from a german ballet called "die Offnüng".
Tracks 2-49, 2-56, 2-57 from a suite of pieces: Lieu dWig Wand/Bay/Tow v&, pronounced 'ludwig van beethoven'.
Track 2-45 from a half inch co-master reproduced in a tube deck prepared by Sheffield.
Track 2-46 is stretched to be about a half minute longer than the one on Plunderphonics.
Track 2-48 consists of a five minute excerpt from a solo concert by each performer. The concerts occurred over a span of 10 years. We combined them without editing to create a free jazz ensemble with all sorts of interplay, but its all fake.
Track 2-55 didn't have a title on the Plunderphonic CD. A completely different arrangement, on the same instrument. Four music boxes; with the boxes removed, (so it's just the mechanisms).

Discs inserted in a 47-page hardcover book.

M is a function in a computer sequence conducting program which enables an adjustable amount of randomness in the sequence, so loops of a rhythmic group of sounds can repeat exactly, or change a little, or change a lot.

Shlockotron is a 24-track tape playback and mixer arrangement where each of the stereo tunes was assigned a volume slider on the mixer, played by adjusting the sliders.

Assistance by g.Ray Brain (mlab), Phil Strong (sonamulab), Jim Paterson (fony)

Tracks 1-1, 1-23 to 1-26, 2-30, 2-31, 2-41, 2-52, 2-55, 2-59: 1989
Track 1-2: 1975
Tracks 1-3 to 1-9, 1-12, 2-25: 1990
Tracks 1-10, 2-32, 2-45: 1987
Tracks 1-11, 2-53: 1980
Tracks 1-13, 2-29, 2-36, 2-60: 1993
Tracks 1-14, 1-15, 1-18, 2-54: 1996
Tracks 1-16, 1-20: 1992
Tracks 1-17, 1-21, 1-22, 2-42, 2-46, 2-48, 2-50: 1988
Track 1-19: 1994
Tracks 1-27, 2-27, 2-44, 2-49, 2-56, 2-57: 1991
Track 1-28: 1983
Track 2-28: 1977
Tracks 2-33, 2-34, 2-37 to 2-40: 1969
Tracks 2-43, 2-58: 1986
Tracks 2-47, 2-51: 1995

All main artist credits are one-shot fake musician anagrams used by composer John Oswald for a plunderphonic "electroquoting" of their respective real-artist original source recordings.

Liner Notes Anagrams:
Adolf Hitler: Harold Filet
Alex Varty: Valery Tax
Andy Griffith: Dang Fishy Rift
Annie Lennox: Neal Oxen-Inn
Barre Phillips: Sire Ralph Blip
Beatles: Let As Be, Sable Teeth
Bill Burrows: Boris Hullburg
Bill Frisell: Sir Bellfill
Bill T. Jones: Jon Be Still, Ill Bon Jest
Bing Crosby: Cry Big Snob
Bob Hurwitz: Burt Whobiz
Bob Ostertag: Abbot Gorse
Blue Jay Way”: Yule Jaw Bay
Bob Wiseman: Bambi Owens
Born In The U.S.A.”: Burnish A Tone
Brian Robertson, president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Rabbi Nero Snort, Iron Barb Sterno, Abner Rotor-Nibs, Born Sober Train, Stern Boor Brain
Brian Wilson: Blown Raisin
Brother J.C. Crawford: Mother Brashrock
Bruce Springsteen: Princess Bent Urge
Carl Stallings: Lars Clintslag
Carly Simon: Slim Crayon
Cecil Taylor: Ace Icy Troll
Charlie Parker: Rachel Airperk
Christian Marclay: Anarchy Scar Limit
Christopher Butterfield: Ditch Filbert Proust Here
Claude Debussy: Lucy Dee Dubass
Claude Vivier: Vivaldi Eucre
Count Basie: Botanic Sue, Casino Tube, Bacon Suite, Tonic Abuse, Tuba Cosine
David Gans: Dang Davis
Dick Hyman: Micky Hand
Dolly Parton: Lloyd Patron, Lola Don’t Pry
Duke Ellington: Elton Luke Ding, Godlike Tunnel
Ebb Tide”: Bed Bite
Edgard Varèse: Adverse Grade
Edie Brickell: Billie Decker
Elvin Jones: Nelson Jive
Elvis Presley: Sleepy Sliver
Erik Satie: Ike Satire
Ernest Cholakis: Rachel Kisstone
Faster Pussycat: Tasty Surf Space, Faust Spray Sect
Fine Young Cannibals: One Fin Guy In Lab Scan
George Martin: Matron Geiger
Glenn Gould: Golden Lung
Grandmaster Flash: Manfred Slagtrash
Grateful Dead: Late Drug Fade
Great Bob Scott: Barb Togs Octet
Gregory Kozak: Ozark Gyro Keg
Hal Willner: Allen Whirl
Harry James: Rash Rye Jam, Raja Myers
Henry Kaiser: Herr Easy Ink, Yearn Shriek
Holly Small: All Shy Moll
Jennifer Mascall: Jensen Clamflair
Jerry Lee Lewis: Sir Jewelry Eel
Jim O’Rourke: Joe Murk-Rio
John Cage: Enoch Jag
John Oswald: Don Ashjowl
John Zorn: Horn Joz
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Jensen Cool Unisex Slob Prep
Kick Out The Jams”: Atom Thick Jukes
Kim Gordon: Dog Kin ROM
Kronos Quartet: Squeek Nor Trot, Quart Toe Snort
Kurt Schwitters: Struck The Wrist
Larry Dubin: Burly Nadir
Laurence Lemieux: Emcee Unix Allure
Like A Prayer”: Leaky Rapier
Ludwig van Beethoven: Vaughn von Lewdbite, The Gun-View Love Band, New Evolving Butthead, We Love Big Nude Hat, One Velvet Windbag Hun
Madonna Ciccone: Edna Comic-Cannon
Marvin Green: Rev. Grin Amen
Metallica: Tame Lilac
Michael Jackson: Calm Nose Hijack, Nasal Chime Jock, Slick Macho Jean
Michael Snow: Wilma Schoen
Naked City: Candy Kite
Nina Rota: Anna Riot
Nomiya Maki: Amy Mini-Oak
Pablo Picasso: Lisa Poopscab
Pascale Landry: Andy Lapel-Scar
Paul McCartney: Uncle Arty Camp
Paul Plimley: Lily Pealump
Philip Strong: Sling Triphop, Lingo Thripps
Phil Lesh: Hip Shell
Pizzicato Five: Vito Pizza Cafe
Public Enemy: Eye Climb Pun
The Rolling Stones: Lens Groin Slot
Rubáiyát: Airy Tuba
Salvador Dalí: Dada Visa Roll
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”: Tally Ho Peppergrass Teen Dub Blanc
Sinéad O’Conner: Edna Icon Snore
Steve Lacy: Yves Cleat
Strawberry Fields Forever”: Refer For Very Weird Blast
Tape Beatles: Basalt Tepee, Bee Ate Splat
Thelonious Monk: Eskimo Hunt Loon
Unchained Melody”: Hindu Money Decal
Van Dyke Parks: Dave Skyprank
Yamatsuka Eye: Sue May Eat Yak
You're So Vain”: You’re So Warren’

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): 40331AM-01 SEELAND-515-D1 012002-26
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): 40332AM-03 SEELAND-515-D2 011303-10


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January 21, 2017

I have 2 copies of this release. 1 copy was new and sealed. The other was used.
For both copies, I can listen the 1st cd on hifi and pc.
For both copies, I can listen the 2nd cd only on pc, and I can listen only the first 8 tracks and nothing more.
Shame that for this article does not exist.


October 29, 2012

Excellent box set with an excellent booklet. All most people could want from Oswald in one place.