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Tom Dissevelt & Kid BaltanThe Fascinating World Of Electronic Music

Label:Philips – P 08168
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Mono
Country:Netherlands
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Experimental, Electroacoustic

Tracklist

A1Syncopation2:49
A2Intersection (Fantasy For Electronic Sound And Orchestra)3:12
A3Drifting7:22
A4Vibration3:07
B1Song Of The Second Moon2:35
B2Whirling3:00
B3Mechanical Motions5:25
B4Pianoforte5:05
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Notes

Laminated front cover, matt tip-on back cover.

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Electronic Music (LP, Compilation, Stereo)PhilipsPHS 600-047US1962
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Electronic Music (LP, Compilation, Mono)PhilipsPHM 200-047US1962
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Electronic Music (LP, Compilation, Promo, Mono)Philips, PhilipsPHM 200-047, PHM-200-047US1962
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Electronic Music (LP, Compilation, Promo, Stereo)PhilipsPHS 600-047US1962
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El Mundo Fascinante De La Música Electrónica (LP, Compilation, Mono)Philips10047Mexico1964

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  • Bloopy's avatar
    Bloopy
    Earlier European/Dutch Philips centre labels tend to be a different colour or say 'Minigroove':
    Van Wood Quartet With Jos Cleber And His Orchestra - Italian Guitar (P 08137 L, possibly 1961)
    Franz Lehár, Carl Millöcker - Schön Ist Die Welt / Die Dubarry (P 08153 L, apparently got a review in Sept 1961)

    Bengt-Arne Wallin - Old Folklore In Swedish Modern (P 08214 L, 1962) has the most similar centre label I could find.

    So I figure this was released in 1962. If it was later they probably would've used the band name The Electrosoniks like they did for the US release. Then Tom released Tom Dissevelt - Fantasy In Orbit. Round The World With Electronic Music By Tom Dissevelt in '63, by which time Philips had changed their Dutch centre labels again.
    • blahjones's avatar
      blahjones
      Can anyone confirm if the original LP of this album has that "echo sound" constantly throughout?
      • darkswan's avatar
        darkswan
        WABB-101 Vinyl is quality, flat, 180gish. Clean w little to no noise. Dynamic. Feels like a fresh copy of something I would have pulled out of a dusty bin in the late 70s. A Fun ride through electronic music history.
        • drombulja's avatar
          drombulja
          The weird thing is that the catalogue number does make it seem like it's from 1958 or 1959.
          • schweiznono's avatar
            schweiznono
            Reissued on Fantome Phonographique, under the "Electrosoniks" moniker, in 2018! https://www.discogs.com/fr/The-Electrosoniks-Electronic-Music/release/12162898
            • geoglyphs's avatar
              geoglyphs
              The year of release 1959 can't be correct, as one of the works on this album, Tom Dissevelt's "Intersection", was produced in early 1961. The album mentioned here is a compilation of mostly previously released material: Kid Baltan's single "Song of the Second Moon" (released not earlier than 1958, since the track on the B-side was recorded in April 1958), the EP Electronic Movements, composed by Dissevelt and produced by Baltan and Dissevelt (released not earlier than very late 1959, since the track "Syncopation" was recorded in November 1959), Baltan/Raaijmakers's "Pianoforte", recorded in May 1960 (the only work on this album which was not released before), and Baltan/Raaijmakers's "Mechanical Motions" (basically a remix made in December 1960 of Raaijmakers's electronic film music compositions "Achter de Schermen" and "Fuel for the Future", produced earlier that year). I have a review of this album from Dutch newspaper Het Vrije Volk from 23 June 1963, so I assume the release date must be May or June 1963.
              • mrsifter63's avatar
                mrsifter63
                I read this recently:

                Some canny YouTube user has tagged a track from The Fascinating World of Electronic Music as “acid house from 1958″, clocking up a quarter of a million views in the process – and, as it happens, they’re not too far off the money.

                Kid Baltan is the alias of Dutch artist Dick Raaijmakers, a cultural theorist, musical theatre composer, lecturer and engineer, whose whopping output stretches deep into the 2000s. Tom Dissevelt, meanwhile, started his musical life in big bands and orchestras – a similar situation to first-wave innovators like Raymond Scott, who composed the Looney Tunes music, and various members of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

                Raaijmakers and Dissevelt crossed paths working at Royal Philips Electronics, the Eindhoven-based workshop that would eventually churn out the first cassettes and compact discs. There, the pair started producing speculative electronic pop music, built out of layered oscillator tones and acoustic sound sources. Their labours produced 1957′s ‘Song of the Second Moon’ – a propulsive track based around treated Ondes Martenot noises, and arguably the first electronic pop record ever made.

                Baltan and Dissevelt’s music from this period was released in numerous editions and under different guises, but The Fascinating World of Electronic Music is the first release to pull their late 1950s compositions under one roof. The results – giddy, chirruping electronic pieces, arranged like pointillist dot paintings with a keen sense of rhythm – are still killer. Remarkably, much of these were also produced without any sort of keyboard or synth to hand. Raaijmakers’ legacy hasn’t been forgotten – Thurston Moore and Mouse on Mars are among those to have reinterpreted his work.

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