February 7, 2017
The crucial collection reissued for the first time.
Arguably the most revolutionary conceptual artist of the 20th century, Marcel Duchamp also created a number of radical musical compositions.
Originally collected for release in 1976, The Entire Musical Work Of Marcel Duchamp is now set for its first ever vinyl reissues courtesy of Song Cycle Records.
Drawing from the fountain of Duchamp’s forward-thinking spirit, the collection features the S.E.M. Ensemble’s 1976 recordings of four compositions over 50 years after they were conceived.
They include Duchamp’s “unfinishable” 25-minute piece The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even. Erratum Musical. As Boomkat writes: “They most likely form the earliest example of musical composition based on chance operation – what Cage would later call aleatoric music, and Eno, later still, defined as oblique strategies – ever conceived.”
Released this week and limited to 500 copies with liner notes by S.E.M Ensemble’s Petr Kotik, many shops have already sold out although you can still find reasonable copies on Discogs.