ismISM - Everyday Fictions [1981-83]
01 123 Wiretap # Cumings, Vermeesch, Gruszin, Lonsdale
02 Slinging the Bat # Cumings, Vermeesch, Gruszin, Lonsdale
03 Y Die in Sinai? # Vermeesch, Lonsdale
04 Undersong # Cumings, Vermeesch, Gruszin, Lonsdale
05 Barbarism # Lonsdale
06 Mercifully Short * Vermeesch, Lonsdale
07 Box Musik * Cumings, Vermeesch, Lonsdale
08 Uh-oh * Vermeesch, Declerc, Gruszin, Lonsdale
09 Dutch Concert * Vermeesch, Declerc, Lonsdale
10 Recital * Vermeesch, Lonsdale
11 Sine * Cumings, Vermeesch, Lonsdale
12 Resolution * Cumings, Vermeesch, Gruszin, Lonsdale
13 No Man Alone * Declerc, Lonsdale
14 Like Idiots + Cumings, Vermeesch, Declerc, Lonsdale
15 Spine + Vermeesch, Lonsdale
16 Body of Light + Vermeesch, Lonsdale
17 Does Not Equal + Vermeesch, Declerc, Gruszin, Lonsdale
18 The Number Of A Man + Cumings, Vermeesch, Gruszin, Lonsdale
# released on Boxmusik Tapes #0, "Aural Appetisers", 1981; & Boxmusik #1, 1982 - recorded 1981.
* released on Boxmusik Tapes #1, "Aural Arkives", 1982 - recorded 1981-82.
+ released on Boxmusik Tapes #9, "ismISM:47&1/2", 1985 - recorded 1982-83.
Some tracks appear in new edits (mostly extended versions). Two of 20 original cassette release tracks were not able to be transferred. All songs appear here in digital format for the first time; except "123 Wiretap" appears on the 2014 'BNE' compilation (Transcom). Recorded mostly in various inner-Sydney households 1981-83; "Barbarism" & "123 Wiretap" in Rockhampton (1981)
ismISM improvised almost everything, & with the exception of "Y Die In Sinai?" never repeated a piece. ismISM played, composed, & recorded more or less as a collective of people oriented to complete experimentation in "anti-" music. Andy edited, montaged, engineered, & persuaded the tracks into existence as tape / digital releases. Tracks are compiled from original session recordings that survive, & remastered into 24-bit digital audio in 2009. Everything was recorded & released on cassette. Some tracks were created by tape montage incorporating performance.
ismISM are: Rob Cumings (keyboards, wind instruments, percussion, voice), Andy Lonsdale (tapes, edits, radio, voice, keyboards, guitar, drum machine, percussion, synth, processing), Jeremy Vermeesch (guitar, keyboards, percussion, drum machine, bass) [died 2010], Yvonne Gruszin (clarinet, wind instruments) [died 1983] and Dutch (clarinet, voice, saw, jaw harp, percussion).
(c) ismISM 1981-83.
For Jez & Yvonne, who burn so bright.
released October 14, 2014
Lonsdale, Cumings, Gruszin, Vermeesch, Declerc, (c) 1981-83.
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