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Psychic TVThemes 2

Label:Temple Records – TOPY 004
Series:History Series – 4
Format:
Vinyl, LP
Country:UK
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Genre:Electronic
Style:Modern Classical, Experimental

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A1Untitled
A2Untitled
BUntitled
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Recorded at The Building Site in 1984. Cut at Utopia.
Cover photo is of the Spirit Dance of the Mescalero Apaches.

Published by Crippled Frog Music through Stillgrove DJM/1985.

This L.P. is number 4 in the Temple Records Library Series.

"The music was composed to accompany a video made by Derek Jarman. It is a contemporary extension of the themes first utilised on the record Psychick TV Themes Vol. 1 that was released in conjunction with Force The Hand Of Chance (...) The words used on side B of this record are from a language called Enochian which was transmitted to the Elizabethean Magus and Mathematician John Dee through his scryer Edward Kelly. They are the last two words of the "First Enochian Call". Transliterated they are "HOATH IIAIDA" which means "I am a true worshipper of the Highest"..."

Spine of jacket is misspelled. It says PYHSCIC TV.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched runout): TOPY 004 A1 DEDICATED TO HÖH MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched runout): TOPY 004 B1 EFFECT... ƱTOPIA MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, label): 23 T.O.P.Y. 004A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, label): 23 T.O.P.Y. 004B

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Themes 2 (LP, Test Pressing)Temple RecordsTOPY 003UK1984
Themes 2 (LP, Test Pressing)Temple RecordsTOPY 004UK1986
Themes 2: A Prayer For Derek Jarman (CD, Album)Cold SpringCSR20CDUK1997

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mika.shlimmer
Edited 15 years ago
This second in a series of ritualistic music offers another dose of instrumental music that veers to the more experimental and varied side of Psychic TV, though in some ways it is also quite different from Themes. Whereas the first album consisted of ethno-forgeries on mostly acoustic instruments like clarinet, piano, bicycle wheel, and Tibetan human thighbones, Themes, Vol. 2 adds in far more technology, from tape loops to feedback. Much of the music on this album was composed for videos by experimental filmmaker Derek Jarmen. The album opens with "Loops of the Mystical Union," inspired by early 20th century classical avant-garde composer Alexander Scriabin. This fascinating track uses a loop from one of his orchestral works to create a long drone while squalls of guitar (violin?) feedback ripple through, and towards the end the feedback hits with buzz-saw intensity. Following this extreme the record goes into a completely different mood with "Elipse of Flowers," a relaxed, melancholic piece with guitar, chimes, and a slow primitive drumbeat. The piece ends on a disturbing note with a loop of some creepy mutated laughter, and the same loop continues on side two of the LP to create the base of a sinister soundtrack. Eventually the evil laughter becomes more distorted by echo effects and then this is replaced by looped chanting that becomes a bed over which an unidentifiable wind instrument and other strange sounds can be heard. This dark record is one of Psychic TV's more adventuresome offerings, and the CD even extends the tracks and adds a wealth of newer material.