LEIMER, K. - A PERIOD OF REVIEW (ORIGINAL RECORDINGS: 1975-1983) (2LP)
"For the third installment in RVNG Intl.'s archival series, the tape is wound back to 1970s Seattle, home place of ambient music savant K. Leimer. A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975 - 1983) unearths unreleased portions of Leimer's vast archives and highlights the work of a self-taught visionary whose use of generative compositions ferried his music to infinite resonance. The tape-manipulated serenity Leimer experienced with Cluster's II was a key revelation. Leimer realized the potential to compose with minimal training and scoured pawnshops for cheap instruments and recording equipment to transpose his wayward musical instincts. Leimer's sound palette and composition soon refined and heightened with the accessibility of dynamic equipment such as the Micromoog and TEAC multi-track tape machines. Synchronously, the Terry Riley indebted loop-based compositions of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno's No Pussyfooting inspired Leimer to form recursive musical passages of bare timbre and melody that would become hallmarks of his sound. Leimer sought to support a growing community of experimental composers by launching the Palace of Lights record label in 1979 with his wife Dorothy Cross. Palace of Lights took philosophical and logistical cues from the flourishing DIY cassette culture, but demonstrated a different elegance in its music and design. A testament to his independent and uncompromising spirit, all of Leimer's recorded work would be released in varying formats and editions on Palace of Lights from '79 to '83. A Period of Review focuses on unheard material outside of the work Leimer offered on Palace of Lights, though even that music could be considered relatively "unheard." The thirty tracks of A Period of Review may have remained a mystery on moldy reels until now, but Leimer's entire catalog of generative music remains pristine in its absolute power." (label info) mastering by Greg Davis. includes 16 pp. booklet with linernotes and ephemera, comes with download code.