John Somebody

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John Somebody 52:49 $11.98
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# Track Title Length Format Sample Rate Price
1 John Somebody Part I [Scott Johnson] 5:30 $1.49 Buy
2 John Somebody Part II [Scott Johnson] 5:47 $1.49 Buy
3 John Somebody But, Uh [Scott Johnson] 2:34 $1.49 Buy
4 John Somebody Involuntary Song #1 [Scott Johnson] 3:10 $1.49 Buy
5 John Somebody Involuntary Song #2 [Scott Johnson] 2:56 $1.49 Buy
6 John Somebody Involuntary Song #3 [Scott Johnson] 2:33 $1.49 Buy
7 John Somebody Involuntary Song #4 [Scott Johnson] 3:21 $1.49 Buy
8 John Somebody Reprise [Scott Johnson] 2:19 $1.49 Buy
9 No Memory [Scott Johnson] 11:30 44.1/16 Album only
10 U79 [Scott Johnson] 13:09 44.1/16 Album only

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Scott Johnson is one of new music's great originals, a composer whose distinctive voice and hybridization of rock and the avant-garde elude easy categorization. An early collaborator of Laurie Anderson, his pioneering composition John Somebody transformed speech patterns into instrumental music, and opened the door to a dynamic new technique for blending sampled sound and live performance, familiar to many through the work of minimalist innovator Steve Reich. Long out of print, this 20th Century masterpiece is presented here in a newly remastered, definitive edition. Also included are two compositions for electric guitars and samples from the same period, one issued here for the first time. Experimental music mines rock in three astounding pieces by one of America's most important mavericks.

To these ears, the music mirrors the subterranean rumble, the welter of voices and other overlaid sounds of the city, with the cries of superamplified guitars hovering like angels above the fray. It's a compelling marriage of rock elements and classical formalism that doesn't shortchange either.