Craig Leon: Nom Nom Nommos

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I discovered this long out-of-print, light-years-ahead-of-its-time 1981 album a couple of years ago and was a bit obsessed with it for awhile. It turns out I’m not alone in this. Here’s what Julian Cope has to say about it:

Used as a soundtrack for a dance work by Twila [er, Twyla] Tharp (as was a lot of nifty NYC stuff from this general period), “Nommos” is supposedly based on African rhythms and the like. But really, it’s always reminded me more of some sort of missing link between the proto-industrial rhythm and drone of Suicide and the whole minimalist drone/static/repetition method as in Terry Riley, LaMonte Young, etc. You’ve got the rhythm generator thing going on. You’ve got the synthdrones. You’ve got the constant repetition. The whole hypnotic but not necessarily relaxing vibe.

Actually, Mr. Cope has a bunch more to say about it, including a bit more about Mr. Leon, but you get the basic idea.

Here are my two favorite tracks from the album. As you’ll see, Mr. Cope isn’t kidding about that constant repetition thing.

 

Don’t tell anyone, but you might be able to find the rest of the album over on Mutant Sounds.

EDITED TO ADD: For more on Leon, check out his website, and his Wikipedia page.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alpha von Carousel
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 16:22:11

    I totally had that drum machine.

    Reply

  2. Fat Cat
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 19:30:43

    Really excellent stuff.
    I wish I had that drum machine.

    Reply

  3. WHOISJOHNGOLT
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 19:33:32

    WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE “SHE” WEARS A HEMISPHERICAL SKULL CAP?! MISANDRY!

    Reply

  4. David Futrelle
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 19:59:36

    My worlds have collided!

    Reply

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