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We’ve had to combine months due to pressure of studio work bringing up so much new music. Normal service will be renewed soon…..
Digging out from ten inches of overnight New York snow, we complete the present Carmel site series with an interview with the singer herself, Carmel Mc Court. Conducted by phone between Mike Thorne in New York and Carmel in Manchester, England, it ranges widely over the influences absorbed and embraced by the group, particularly African music and culture, racial prejudice in the British early-eighties music business, and reasons for singing. A couple of times, it’s interrupted by her dog going barkingly berserk for no obvious reason. That fits, somehow.
In our recording world, we can finally declare Thorne’s ‘The Contessa’s Party’ CD finished. Eight tracks lasting a total of 75 minutes. Dancing is involved. More follows when we know a release schedule.
Also done is the Universe. Charles Ives’ symphonic one, that is. God was relieved to join in and crack out the champagne in mid-February, after more than two years of careful recording involving 74 instruments of the AFMM Orchestra in a first realization of Johnny Reinhard’s new, approved performing version. Again, we’ll keep you up on the release schedule. It’s now nearly eight years since the single live performance at New York’s Lincoln Center on June 6 1996.
We’ve posted scans of a few pages from the working, handwritten score. It’s pretty substantial. And certainly both heavenly and earthly, as you can see from Ives’ own comments on one page.
Other CDs coming (slowly) from us are ‘Dancing At The Stereo Society’ (for which you can sample a few as free mp3s in our Downloads section) Lene Lovich’s newest (a track from which was included in a one-off CD sold at her New York Halloween 2003 show) and a crisply edited CD of short versions of the eight tracks on the Contessa’s Party.
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