Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Music of Our Time



A subsidiary imprint of Columbia, specialising in modern composers, including electronic and concrete works.  

These three are the best-known - and most seen about - compilations they did.  




                                       

                                       

A different packaging of Extended Voices.



The French version of New Electronic Music.



A lesser known and probably hideously rare Music of Our Time compilation - this 7 inch, 33 1/3 rpm  label sampler, M.O.O.T.  A demonstration disc, not for sale.

                                            






                                          

Three repackagings of Berio's Sinfonia with the Swingle Sisters.





                                            


                                           














                                             



Later on the discography gets a bit confusing with some Music of Our Time release coming out via Odyssey, another Columbia subdivision. And at other points "Music of Our Time" type releases just go through Columbia's modern music line.

                                           

                                           






Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Here Come The 70s / Vers l'an 2000



The intro sequence to a Canadian TV series (1970-1973) that appears to have been a mix between Tomorrow's World and Panorama. The theme tune "Tillicum" is by Toronto synth weirdos Syrinx.

This appears to be a Quebecois variant, actually featuring Syrinx themselves.



Monday, 20 November 2017

"Turnabout is fair play"













The attractive Electronic Music series on Turnabout.

Like Candide, a "subsidiary budget line" of Vox.



Mostly doing more conventional classical stuff, with more conventional covers, but - in the spirit of time, reflecting what seems to have been the general public's curiosity about electronic music and concrete - they put out this excellent series, which you can find floating around relatively cheaply still, on account of the relatively large pressings I should imagine.

Some of the designs for their non-electronic 20th Century composers are quite intense.




                                      

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Candide images


                                            

















                                                     


                                          

Vox's Candide imprint went through a phase of putting out avant-classical releases with striking sleeves, some of them very much of their time (late Sixties) and others just ruddy peculiar. I particularly enjoy the demented psychedelic rooster cover for a composer I've never heard of before, Xaver Scharwenka.