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HARRY BERTOIA

SONAMBIENT

THIRD MAN RECORDS


Format: 11 LP BOXSET
Cata No: TMR648
Barcode: 810074420846
● 11 LPs, 80 page booklet box set covering renowned sculptor Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient era
● Recordings of Bertoia’s metal sculptures and gongs upon activation
● Only 1 album previously released during Bertoia’s lifetime; other 10 released posthumously
● Now collected together for first time ever

Harry Bertoia’s Complete Sonambient LP Collection, featuring all 11 of Bertoia’s original records newly restored from their master tapes and housed in replica jackets. A deluxe box, printed with metallic inks and tip-on style print assembly, holds the 11 discs as well as a 80 page book containing a lengthy historic essay, Smithsonian interview with Harry Bertoia, exclusive Sonambient era material from the Bertoia archive, modern and archival photos of the Bertoia barn as well as reflections on Bertoia from various contributors.

Beginning in the 1950’s, renowned sculptor Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) created the term Sonambient to describe the sound and environment created by his beautiful metal sculptures which, when activated, created shimmering ambient drones and lush harmonic overtones. He curated a massive selection of his sculptures and gongs resulting in a harmonious orchestra of his metal works and recorded these sound experiments late into the night. Bertoia dedicated the last twenty years of his life to his sound work and in 1970 he released the first Sonambient LP. In 1978, in the final months of his life, he selected tapes from his archive and produced 10 more records but wouldn't live long enough to see them through production, but they became legendary releases (and quite valuable) in the art/audio world.

Tracks:

Side A: 1. Space Voyage / Side B: 1. Echoes of Other Times / Side C: 1. Swift Sounds / Side D: 1. Phosphorescence / Side E: 1. Unfolding / Side F: 1. Sounds Beyond / Side G: 1. Gong Gong / Side H: 1. Elemental / Side I: 1. All And More / Side J: 1. Passage / Side K: 1. Energyzing / Side L: 1. Mellow Tops / Side M: 1. Continuum / Side N: 1. Near And Far / Side O: 1. Swinging Bars / Side P: 1. Vulcan?s Play / Side Q: 1. Ocean Mysteries / Side R: 1. Softly Played / Side S: 1. Here And Now / Side T: 1. Unknown / Side U :1. Bellissima Bellissima Bellissima / Side V: 1. Nova

Press:

Deluxe metallic cardstock box, tip-on LP jackets, 11xLP standard weight LPs, 80-page FULL COLOUR book

 

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