Experimental electronics and theatre LPs by Entourage, Ann Macmillan, Craig Kipka reissued

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Spanning minimalism, animal sounds, and healing synth and trombone compositions.

Smithsonian Folkways is continuing its vinyl reissue series with the release of three experimental and avant-garde albums from its back catalogue, this May.

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The reissues include The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble’s 1976 album The Neptune Collection, experimental electronic composer Ann McMillan’s 1979 LP Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal And Other Sounds, and Craig Kupka’s 1982 album Crystals: New Music for Relaxation 2.

The Neptune Collection was recorded in the mid ’70s, and sees The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble traversing between jazz and folk.

For Gateway Summer Sound, McMillan fused the sounds of the natural world – including frogs, insects and field recordings from New York’s Gateway National Recreation Area – with gongs, bells and a harpsichord.

Finally, Kupka’s Crystals: New Music for Relaxation 2, with its gentle compositions for trombone and synth, was “intended as an aid for meditation, a guided journey inward towards self-discovery,” explains Smithsonian Folkways.

All three albums will be released on the 22nd May.

Head here to pre-order The Neptune Collection, here to pre-order Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal and Other Sounds, and here to pre-order Crystals: New Music for Relaxation 2; check out the artwork and tracklist below.

The Neptune Collection

Side A

1. Neptune Rising
2. Druid Dance
3. Euphoric Bells
4. King’s Birdcage
5. Nature Spirites

Side B

1. Incantation for the Death of Self
2. Days
3. Space Needle Suicide
4. Tar Box Poltergeist

Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal and Other Sounds

Side A

1. Amber ’75
2. Syrinx
3. Episode

Side B

1. Gateway Summer Sound
2. Gong Song

Crystals: New Music for Relaxation 2

Side A

1. Trombones of Lithia

Side B

1. Crystals