Bertoia*Sonambient (Complete Collection)

Label:Important Records (2) – IMPREC419
11 x CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Box Set, Compilation
Style:Sound Art


1-1Space Voyage15:11
1-2Echoes Of Other Times14:45
2-1Swift Sounds9:17
3-2Sounds Beyond14:53
4-1Gong Gong16:01
5-1All And More17:48
6-2Mellow Tops21:19
7-2Near And Far21:47
8-1Swinging Bars10:58
8-2Vulcan's Play14:06
9-1Ocean Mysteries23:40
9-2Softly Played18:44
10-1Here And Now20:53
11-1Bellissima Bellissima Bellissima18:15



On Important Records sticker affixed to the shrinkwrap:
Included are all 11 of Bertoia's records newly restored from the master tapes and housed in replica jackets, a 100 page* book includes an essay written by art historian Beverly Twitchell, Smithsonian interview with Bertoia, Sonambient era material from the Bertoia archive plus modern and archival photos of Bertoia's Bertoias [sic].

*The book consists of 114 pages.

From the liner notes:
The first record (LPS 10570) had to be transferred from an LP and all possible effort was made to make it sound as accurate as possible.

Thank you
Val Bertoia and Celia Bertoia for opening the Bertoia archives
Beverly Twitchell and Peter Greene for guidance

Liner notes (Introduction): John Brien, September 30, 2015
Liner notes (Thoughts On Bertoia): David Sefton, Director/Adelaide Festival - Australia
Liner notes (Thoughts On Bertoia): Thomas M. Welsh, Director of Performing Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, August 2014
Liner notes (Thoughts On Bertoia): David Harrington, Kronos Quartet
Liner notes (Thoughts On Bertoia): Lesta Bertoia, 2015
Liner notes (Thoughts On Bertoia): Celia Bertoia, 2014
Smithsonian interview: Archives of American Art/Sonambient excerpt

Manufacturing dates:
F/W 1023 to F/W 1032: 1978
LPS 10570: 1970

Recording dates from Bertoia's log of selected recordings for the ten records pressed in 1978 (facsimile):
Record 1, Side 1, Swift Sounds: Aug. 12, 1973
Record 1, Side 2, Phosphorescene: Dec. 1971
Record 2, Side 1, Unfolding: Sept. 18, 1974
Record 2, Side 2, Sounds Beyond: Sept. 1974
Record 3, Side 1, Gong Gong: Nov. 9, 1974
Record 3, Side 2, Elemental: Oct. 20, 1974
Record 4, Side 1, All and More: Nov. 10, 1974
Record 4, Side 2, Passage: July 16, 1974
Record 5, Side 1, Energyzing: Oct. 20, 1974
Record 5, Side 2, Mellow Tops: Jan. 16, 1975
Record 6, Side 1, Continuum: Aug. 12, 1973
Record 6, Side 2, Near and Far: Aug. 17, 1973
Record 7, Side 1, Swinging Bars: Jan. 19, 1975
Record 7, Side 2, Vulcan's Play: Feb. 22, 1975
Record 8, Side 1, Ocean Mysteries: Dec. 11, 1971
Record 8, Side 2, Softly Played: July 17, 1974
Record 9, Side 1, Here and Now: Sept. 1, 1973
Record 9, Side 2, Unknown: Nov. 11, 1971
Record 10, Side 1, Space Voyage: Aug. 10, 1970
Record 10, Side 2, Echoes of Other Times: April 30, 1970

1-1 is named "Space Voyage" on the jacket and on disc and "Space Adventure" in the book.
8-2 is named "Vulcans Play" on the jacket and "Vulcan's Play" on disc and in the book.

Important Records catalog no. IMPREC419 only appears in the discs' matrices.

Barcode printed on label sticker.

Packaged in a heavy duty tip-on telescoping box, printed with metallic inks.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text, stickered): 7934475419217
  • Mastering SID Code (All discs): IFPI LD02
  • Mould SID Code (CD1, CD2, CD9): IFPI 5J54
  • Mould SID Code (CD3): IFPI 5J83
  • Mould SID Code (CD4, CD5, CD8, CD10): IFPI 5J93
  • Mould SID Code (CD6, CD7, CD11): IFPI 5J97
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): BC1502 IMPREC419 CD1
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): BC1503 IMPREC419 CD2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3): BC1504 IMPREC419 CD3
  • Matrix / Runout (CD4): BC1505 IMPREC419 CD4
  • Matrix / Runout (CD5): BC1506 IMPREC419 CD5
  • Matrix / Runout (CD6): BC1507 IMPREC419 CD6
  • Matrix / Runout (CD7): BC1605 IMPREC419 CD7
  • Matrix / Runout (CD8): BC1606 IMPREC419 CD8
  • Matrix / Runout (CD9): BC1607 IMPREC419 CD9
  • Matrix / Runout (CD10): BC1619 IMPREC419 CD10
  • Matrix / Runout (CD11): BC1608 IMPREC419 CD11
  • Other (CD1 catalog no.): F/W 1023
  • Other (CD2 catalog no.): F/W 1024
  • Other (CD3 catalog no.): F/W 1025
  • Other (CD4 catalog no.): F/W 1026
  • Other (CD5 catalog no.): F/W 1027
  • Other (CD6 catalog no.): F/W 1028
  • Other (CD7 catalog no.): F/W 1029
  • Other (CD8 catalog no.): F/W 1030
  • Other (CD9 catalog no.): F/W 1031
  • Other (CD10 catalog no.): F/W 1032
  • Other (CD11 catalog no.): LPS 10570

Other Versions (2)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Sonambient Complete Collection (11×LP, Compilation, Remastered, Box Set, )Third Man RecordsTMR-648US2021
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Sonambient Complete Collection (Box Set, Compilation, Remastered, 11×LP, Gold)Third Man Records, Third Man RecordsTMR-648, F/W 1040US2021



  • toefootie's avatar
    I gotta say, I feel really silly having listened to these albums for the last 20 years now that I know they're "not music".
    I suspect John Cage is getting dizzy, in his grave, from all the spinning around.
    • bestellung's avatar
      Many thanks to John and James ! With the publication of this complitation, of this great artist, which unfortunately was hardly noticed, you have made magnificent !!! Fantastic remastered and a great layout and booklet !
      • incuswetrust's avatar
        I was one of those who pre-ordered to help important release this huge set, as i had a copy of his 'Unfolding' on Japanese import, and new his sculptures were brilliant. But little prepared me for this. Even the irritation over the £12 import charge that royal Mail, hit me with (this will become common practice now Cameron has sold them to foreign investors) faded as i began to play the discs. Huge...nay immense soundscapes that sound closer to electronics than shimmering myriads of steel rods in motion, this knocks most of the post-industrial dark-ambient wasters into a hatted cock. Eerie, unearthly yet earthy, organic, joyous and literally vibrant pieces that show Harry was way, way ahead of the pack and did it best- surely now is the time for re-evaluation of the pioneers of soundscapes and experimental ambience (did Bertoia coin 'ambient' before Eno?) on these SonAmbient re-releases, with Bertoia up there with David Tudor and john Cage as an inventor of wond'rous abstract sound. Compulsive, brilliant, life-affirming, this is the best reissue of vital sound since Eliane Radigue's 'Adnos'. If i hear a better sound all year i will be amazed. Re-issue of the decade and record of the far....!


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