Jed Speare: Sound Works 1982-1987
Jed Speare is a crossover artist who has been working in sound, video, and performance for over thirty years. Sound Works 1982-1987 reflects his investigation and uniquely expressive practice of musique concrete-like analogue sound/field recording, editing, combining and mixing during that era. He is the creator of the Smithsonian Folkways LP Cable Car Soundscapes (1982), a project that begins as a sound documentary and ends as a tape composition based on cable car sounds. In the early 80s he recorded with the San Francisco groups, Research Library (appearing with and solo on the legendary Red Spot compilation LP; Subterranean Records), Ultrasheen (7" ep; Subterranean), and Appliances. This 2xCD collects five of Speare’s long-form compositions for the first time. Splicing together sources into towering movements used for stage and screen, these two hours of music take you to the heart of sound where nothing can own you. Twelve page booklet features introduction by video artist and writer George Quasha, Speare’s detailed notes on each piece, rare photographs and score reprodcutions. Remastered by Bhob Rainey (nmperign).