Jon Hassell -- Classic Or Dud?

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That's right: everybody's favorite player of the mosquito. Or vacuum cleaner, rather. Trumpetista extraordinaire, Hassell seems like some kind of genius or at least a guy who knew how to promote his unique schtick. Of the Hassell records proper I know, Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics basically sets the table for the rest of the decade: African and Latin percussion (some electronic), richly-textured synthesizer pads and sometimes ambient sounds, with Hassell's trumpet modally surveying the landscape, itself electronically altered. Power Spot (on ECM, no less) is maybe less subtle, but more rhythmic in some ways, with the succintly-named The Surgeon of the Nightsky Restores Dead Things by the Power of Sound, recorded live, following in the same vein. Voiceprint, I didn't like so much.

As for his work as a sideman, love him on Remain In Light and he's great on the Words For the Shaman Sylvian EP.

And as a side note, while everyone was consumed with fury accusing My Life In the Bush of Ghosts of cultural imperialism, for reasons unknown to mankind, Possible Musics escaped such criticisms and ended up being one of the most highly-regarded albums of Eno's career. Interesting.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 23:10 (eighteen years ago) link

He's good but there's no need to exagerrate his achievements. I really like the album with Eno, but even there, I often find his approach to rhythm too rigid and less sophisticated than the what actually goes on in the music of the cultures he emulates. (Of course, I don't like the rhythmic approach of most so-called "dance music" very much either, so this may just be another example of me being out of step with the times.) Anyway, I tend to find the rhythmic percussion (conventional or electronic) side of his work the least satisfying.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 23:25 (eighteen years ago) link

love the 808 State remix of Voiceprint, weird soft spot for Empire, don't know the other stuff but time i heard more perhaps

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 23:26 (eighteen years ago) link

steve, I bet you would like Dream Theory in Malaya for the very rhythmic qualities that I don't like, or at least am ambivalent about. I still kind of like it though.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 23:31 (eighteen years ago) link

hey matthew i wasn't accusing eno at all. i like that record and used to love it. i also love "dream theory in malaya".

what does everyone think of "fascinoma" where hassell goes to lengths to record himself and the bad without treatments? even has a version of nature boy.

gaz (gaz), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 23:32 (eighteen years ago) link

favorite two besides Possible Musics are Vernal Equinox and Flash of the Spirit, but every album from 1977 to 1988 gets five stars from me. (except maybe for Power Spot). the Eno ambients rarely make it off the shelf anymore but I'm still listening to these regularly.

some people love the techno/pop fusion experiments of City and Dressing for Pleasure, they're not bad commercial music, but the drum machine & techno sounds bind them to the time, unlike the earlier records.

great discography at the website - http://www.jonhassell.abelgratis.co.uk/HTML/discs1.html

(Jon L), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 23:32 (eighteen years ago) link

I like bits and pieces of Fascinoma. My favorite is a track (I forget the title, but I've probably given it before) with Jacky Terrason (sp?!) tearing it up on the piano. The whole thing reminds me a bit of parts of Sun Ra's Other Planes of There.

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Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 23:38 (eighteen years ago) link

(Yes, I regularly have trouble spelling "exaggerate.")

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 23:40 (eighteen years ago) link

>I tend to find the rhythmic percussion (conventional or electronic) side of his work the least satisfying.

if you're talking about City and Dressing for Pleasure, I'm with you. the drum machines dominate. there are some fantastic percussionists on his other records though, have you heard Flash of the Spirit? 10 piece percussion ensemble from Burkina Faso...

(Jon L), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 23:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Actually I wasn't thinking of those, which I haven't heard, except maybe for a track here and there. Even on the Hassel recordings I like, the rhythmic side of it feels weak. I am not familiar with Flash of the Spirit though.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 23:53 (eighteen years ago) link

On the other hand, after I wrote the first thing I wrote, I realized that I don't actually know anything about the music from many of the cultures he has drawn from.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 23:57 (eighteen years ago) link

And neither did Eno or Hassell!

No, seriously -- I've always wondered if the more "traditional" rhythm beds and generally obtuse textures of Possible Musics saved it from MLITBOG's fate.

Milton, I always liked Power Spot -- more driving rhythms and all. What's your beef?

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 12 August 2004 02:33 (eighteen years ago) link

Docked one star for the DX7 presets. I'd feel the same about Tallis if he'd added even just one kazoo to 'Spem In Alum'. It's still a good record.

Rockist has a point about the occasional stiff rhythm on some of these records, but this music is primarily about impossible texture & references to things that almost don't exist, so I don't mind.

(Jon L), Thursday, 12 August 2004 06:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Docked one star for the DX7 presets.

Huh — I consider myself fairly sensitive to those, but never noticed on Power Spot.

this music is primarily about impossible texture & references to things that almost don't exist

Exactly — it's as if no one told them exotica was devoid of substance.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 12 August 2004 12:39 (eighteen years ago) link

odd fact popo pickers

he did the music for the practice

gaylord, Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:29 (eighteen years ago) link

What does that mean?

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:35 (eighteen years ago) link

I guess "The Practice" is a show or soemthing. (Give in to punctuation.)

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Was an Ally McBeal spinoff about a legal firm from a few years back. For the show's theme they reused the track 'Club Zombie' from Dressing For Pleasure.

I listened to Power Spot again last night, the last two tracks are fantastic... it's not the DX7 sounds, there's just some looped sequences that wear me down a little on some tracks. But the album ends brilliantly, those last two pieces...

(Jon L), Thursday, 12 August 2004 17:08 (eighteen years ago) link

I'll have to put those on.

It occurs to me that it isn't Voiceprint I didn't care for but rather Dressing For Pleasure — I did notice, however, that one track on the latter sampled the section of Miles Davis' "Sivad" (the part that showed up on Get Up With It as "Honky Tonk"). It hit me that maybe he was drawing the comparison a little too obviously with that...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 12 August 2004 18:27 (eighteen years ago) link

This *might* be relevant: http://members.aol.com/blissout/purefusion.htm

's a Simon Reynolds article about multi-culture v. mono-culture and the types of fusion that Hassell, Eno and Byrne were/are undertaking. Fourth World, ahoy!

Sam Benson (Sam Benson), Thursday, 12 August 2004 18:48 (eighteen years ago) link

x-post, that track is 'G-Spot'. the entire album is covered with classic jazz samples cut-up and scrambled over mainstream hip hop drum loops. he thanks his dj/samplist in the liner notes for introducing him to hip hop culture -- it's as if he heard the Public Enemy records, realized they were doing the same things he'd been doing with sampling on Aka-Darbari-Java years before, and consciously decided to make a commercial record by sampling from traditional jazz instead of obscure ethno-field recordings. strange around the edges, but way too tasteful.

City is transitional, first time he introduces outright drum machine sounds to reference uhm 'the City' but at least the rest of the sounds are still abstract, and it's got some good playing... still...

(Jon L), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:33 (eighteen years ago) link

A lot of times (at least on Fourth World Vol.1, which is the one I know best), Hassell sounds like a very abstract image of "eastern"-soundingness. I hesitate to say anything like this since it's so obvious, but it does kind of interest me. I don't know enough to say, but it doesn't seem like he's actually consistently following any modes here, but there are all of these little gestures that evoke eastern, modal, microtonal music. The way one thing follows another, in the long run anyway, doesn't sound to me like anything you'd hear in, say, Indian (not that I know much about it) or Arabic music; but momentarily it does. Sort of an organic sampling effect. At least, I think that's what's going on. Also, at times his horn sounds more like what would be done with a voice than with an instrument. Without question, this music is good preparation for hearing non-western music (not that that is it's only value--I do like it as it is).

(He has studied Indian classical music though hasn't he?)

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Friday, 13 August 2004 01:04 (eighteen years ago) link

studied with Pandit Pran Nath a bit when hanging out with La Monte Young (Hassell played on this record as well as many Young bootlegs from that time).

(Jon L), Friday, 13 August 2004 01:16 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't think I knew there was a La Monte Young connection.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Friday, 13 August 2004 01:18 (eighteen years ago) link

Fourth World Vol. 1 I absolutely love, but City was a big letdown. I read about that in Toop's Ocean of Sound and the record didn't come close to living up to his description.

Mark (MarkR), Friday, 13 August 2004 01:18 (eighteen years ago) link

Does Hassell perform much live? I saw him once a long time ago, probably in the late 80's. It was him and some guy with a frame drum, if I remember correctly, and maybe some other people with electronics. I don't remember too much about it except that it was okay but not mind-blowing.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Friday, 13 August 2004 01:19 (eighteen years ago) link

I might listen to that album some more and jot down some notes.

I'm thinking about the way he will frequently finish a line he's playing, with a strong sort of feeling of closure, and then there's often (usually?) some sort of echo effect. You get that sort of sound a lot in Arabic singing, or especially Qur'anic recitation, without effects, just as a result of acoustics.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Friday, 13 August 2004 01:23 (eighteen years ago) link

On the other hand, after I wrote the first thing I wrote, I realized that I don't actually know anything about the music from many of the cultures he has drawn from.

you kidder.

(Jon L), Friday, 13 August 2004 01:33 (eighteen years ago) link

I was thinking especially of the African and Micronesian (is that the right category?) sources he's drawn on. The middle eastern stuff I will admit to knowing something about, but only non-technically, and in comparison to other westerners.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Friday, 13 August 2004 01:37 (eighteen years ago) link

Actually, I think that's the point, Rockist. I think milton was onto something when he said it's like "references to things that don't exist." It's all in the suggestion with Hassell, oblique strategies, as it were, hinting at things we recognize but don't fully understand -- a sort of phantom meaning.

Maybe I've had too many whiskey sours this evening, but that's how it sounds to me at this moment.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Friday, 13 August 2004 02:10 (eighteen years ago) link

The first time I heard Hassell was at 3am, 1985, on the radio... the previous show had just ended, the next DJ put on 'Charm' without any intro. Imagine listening to that piece for the first time without knowing how long it was going to last, always seemingly winding down and imperceptibly fading out, but then out of nowhere spiraling right back at you full force. I just sat there staring at the speakers for half an hour.

DJ never back announced the piece, either, I didn't find it again for another year...

(Jon L), Friday, 13 August 2004 02:34 (eighteen years ago) link

It's funny you say that -- "Charm" always seems to go on and on. And on. And...on. But for some reason, it's not in a bad way. What is it, you think, that makes Possible Musics such a success compared to the (admittedly very good) others?

BTW, milton, I think you were talking about "Wing Melodies" which has sequences and triggers both -- and digibells to boot. But I like it.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Friday, 13 August 2004 02:42 (eighteen years ago) link

Also, while we're at it, we should clear this up: Possible Musics does NOT sound thin.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Friday, 13 August 2004 02:48 (eighteen years ago) link

here's the interview: http://www.furious.com/perfect/hassell.html some interesting things about ego wars with byrne and eno. rockist's comments about voice > trumpet were dead on, voice is the original instrument.

Sometimes the first one, Vernal Equinox is my very favorite, it's so minimal; no harmonizer on the trumpet yet, just occasional subtle Buchla. the concept is already there, intensely technological yet primal music.

I like Earthquake Island though some don't, it's very much in the tradition of other 70's jazz fusion records. The harmonizer shows up for the first time. Great band; Rockist, I fully recommend this record if your complaint of the other records involve stiff rhythms. Liner notes: 'Including Nana (Vasconcelos)' Imaginative Percussion'.

Eno set him off on a path towards fragmented, studio-only creations. The three EG records are progressively less about live performance, by Aka-Darbari-Java, apart from one other drummer who was probably sent home after one or two sessions, it's all Hassell & a sampler. I've got it on now, an incredible record, sound of the mirror.

My problem with Power Spot is that it tries to reintroduce live performances, but the sequencers are still leading, and win out, till the very end... Flash of the Spirit is my other favorite because you can tell they started by recording the live band, and the treatments came later...

(Jon L), Friday, 13 August 2004 04:41 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't have much to add other than Fascinoma is the record I put on when I'm a bit anxious and don't know what to do with myself. About five minutes in I find something else to do. It clears out the clutter somehow.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Friday, 13 August 2004 12:04 (eighteen years ago) link

FWIW, I was DJing at a Matmos gig in Cleveland and dropped "Datu Bintung At Jelong" (as you do), and Matmos' MC Schmidt came racing to the decks to declare that Dream Theory In Malaya is his favorite album of all time. This little anecdote represents the zenith of my DJ "career."

Dave Segal (Da ve Segal), Saturday, 14 August 2004 01:25 (eighteen years ago) link

As per that Perfect Sound Forever interview: "Fourth World is an entire week of Saturdays." I love, love, LOVE it. Love it.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Saturday, 14 August 2004 05:16 (eighteen years ago) link

And "Fourth World means: get yourself a world vocabulary; use it with subtlety and a keen sense of surprise; follow pleasure; trust your intuition (after you're sure you know what that is)."

I want to speak in parentheses...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Saturday, 14 August 2004 05:19 (eighteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
After listening more attentively to this album (Fourth World. . .) than I usually do, I decided that his horn reminds me of a train horn more than anything else.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Monday, 30 August 2004 10:52 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't mean that as a criticism, though I guess it sounds a little funny to say.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Monday, 30 August 2004 10:52 (eighteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
New one: Jon Hassell Maarifa Street/Magic Realism 2 (City Hall).

RS, Friday, 13 May 2005 19:12 (seventeen years ago) link

wire review made it sound like it's a compilation of live recordings, heavily recomposed in the studio. so, buying it on sight. have you heard it?

it sounds like a modern update of The Surgeon of the Nightsky Restores Dead Things By the Power of Sound (which did the same thing to live versions of things from the 1980-1983 fourth world trilogy).

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 13 May 2005 19:58 (seventeen years ago) link

have you heard it?

No, no, I just saw it announced, without any details.

RS_LaRue (RSLaRue), Friday, 13 May 2005 21:14 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.maarifastreet.com/

great site. no sound samples though.

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 13 May 2005 21:36 (seventeen years ago) link

it sounds like a modern update of The Surgeon of the Nightsky Restores Dead Things By the Power of Sound (which did the same thing to live versions of things from the 1980-1983 fourth world trilogy).

Whaaa??!?

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Saturday, 14 May 2005 05:21 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, check out Surgeon, it's got a great live version of "Charm"

ok I bought Maarifa Street last night -- it's great. Fuzzy, liquid, and weird again. All the sharp techno edges and slickness of City & Dressing For Pleasure have been dropped, everything's muted and gauzy and mysterious again, although the tracks are still a lot more straightforward than the original trilogy; the rhythmic backing is less alienating & weird, in support for the lead trumpet, but it fits, it works

co-produced by Peter Freeman, who also played bass & laptop in the original concerts. the rhythms are slow & dubby, especially the bass lines; One track samples a dub filtersweep hit from Pole's CD1 for the downbeat (it's such a generic 'dub' sound that I wouldn't have noticed if not for the liner notes).

the album packaging is incredible, a huge sprawling tree filled with dozens of people. when you look very closely, it dawns on you that it's a sprawling multi-racial orgy. it's by Mati Klarwein, same guy who did Earthquake Island & Bitches Brew.

fits the music perfectly, this is an unusually erotically charged album even for Hassell, feels almost awkward listening to this by myself. it's all about the trumpet playing here, and no one sounds like Hassell, I love this record...

milton parker (Jon L), Saturday, 14 May 2005 20:27 (seventeen years ago) link

I must say, I've owned "Fourth World Music Vol 1" for years and after many, many tries found it uncompelling (I'm a fan of lots of Eno ambient stuff; I'd rather listen to the "Apollo" soundtrack)

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 14 May 2005 20:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Milton Parker OTM. Maarifa Street gives me chills in the same way Possible Musics, Dream Theory In Malaya and Aka-Darbari-Java did.

Dave Segal (Da ve Segal), Saturday, 14 May 2005 22:17 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, check out Surgeon, it's got a great live version of "Charm"

I have it -- I just don't think I ever noticed that. That's a fantastic description of the record, btw.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Sunday, 15 May 2005 01:38 (seventeen years ago) link

well they've definitely been made into new pieces, but you can hear some of the same tapes & sounds, and "Brussels" is definitely the new band doing a version of "Charm"

I'd forgotten Richard Horowitz was on Surgeon... have you heard Horowitz & Sussan Deihim's Azax Attra : Desert Equations? that is one classic record, definitely related to the fourth world series...

milton parker (Jon L), Sunday, 15 May 2005 02:10 (seventeen years ago) link

kings

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 21 August 2020 16:24 (two years ago) link

loving nordub as well! and looks like vladislav delay released another album with sly + robbie today!

― diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Friday, August 21, 2020 8:49 AM

dude what

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 21 August 2020 17:45 (two years ago) link

hahaha

lukas, Friday, 21 August 2020 17:45 (two years ago) link

_thread delivers_

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Friday, 21 August 2020 17:56 (two years ago) link

info

spotify

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 21 August 2020 18:14 (two years ago) link

ten months pass...

Per a statement from his family, Hassell passed this morning.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 26 June 2021 23:07 (one year ago) link

Oh no. :(((

RIP

I was naïvely looking forward to his next album – it didn't even occur to me that Seeing Through Sound could be the last.

pomenitul, Saturday, 26 June 2021 23:20 (one year ago) link

damn RIP

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Saturday, 26 June 2021 23:48 (one year ago) link

RIP

Master of Treacle, Saturday, 26 June 2021 23:50 (one year ago) link

Oh shit no way

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Saturday, 26 June 2021 23:52 (one year ago) link

that’s a big one - RIP to a total legend

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 26 June 2021 23:58 (one year ago) link

RIP, boo, loved those last few

sleeve, Sunday, 27 June 2021 00:02 (one year ago) link

Rest In Peace. He was on top to the very last, just a legend

Karl Malone, Sunday, 27 June 2021 03:35 (one year ago) link

rip. great last album

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Sunday, 27 June 2021 03:40 (one year ago) link

The one before that, too! And I haven’t even listened to the one before that, yet. But still clearly on top of his game and exploring new territory to the very end. That’s all I could hope for anyone

Karl Malone, Sunday, 27 June 2021 03:47 (one year ago) link

no!!!!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 27 June 2021 03:52 (one year ago) link

This was the statement, BTW:

PRESS STATEMENT from Jon Hassell's Family
JULY 26, 2021
Family Statement:
Our beloved Jon M. Hassell - iconic trumpet player, author, and composer - has passed away at the age of 84 years on June 26th 2021. After a little more than a year of fighting through health complications, Jon died peacefully in the early morning hours of natural causes. His final days were surrounded by family and loved ones who celebrated with him the lifetime of contributions he gave to this world– personally and professionally. He cherished life and leaving this world was a struggle as there was much more he wished to share in music, philosophy, and writing.
It was his great joy to be able to compose and produce music until the end. We thank all those who contributed to ensuring that he was able to continue expressing his ideas through his final days and maintain a quality end of life.
Jon Hassell was able to leave behind many gifts. We are excited and committed to sharing those ongoing with his fans across time and support his enduring legacy. All donations to Jon Hassell’s GoFundMe will allow the tremendous personal archive of his music, much unreleased, to be preserved and shared with the world for years to come. We also hope to provide philanthropic gifts of scholarship and contributions to issues close to Jon’s heart, like supporting the working rights of musicians.
As Jon is now free of a constricting body, he is liberated to be in his musical soul and will continue to play in the Fourth World. We hope you find solace in his words and dreams for this earthly place he now leaves behind. We hold him, and you, in this loss and grief.
FOURTH WORLD IS
A KIND OF PHILOSOPHICAL GUIDELINE, A CREATIVE POSTURE, DIRECTED TOWARDS THE CONDITIONS CREATED BY THE INTERSECTION OF TECHNOLOGY WITH INDIGINOUS MUSIC AND CULTURE.
THE UNDERLYING GOAL IS TO PROVIDE A KIND OF CREATIVE MIDWIFERY TO THE INEVITABLE MERGING OF CULTURES WHILE PROVIDING AN ANTIDOTE TO A GLOBAL "MONOCULTURE" CREATED BY MEDIA COLONIZATION.
THE UNDERLYING PREMISE IS THAT EACH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' MUSIC AND CULTURE - THE RESULT OF THEIR UNIQUE RESPONSE TO THEIR UNIQUE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT - FUNCTIONS IN THE SAME WAY AS, AS AN "ELEMENT" IN THE PERIODIC TABLE OF CHEMISTRY: AS PURE BUILDING BLOCKS FROM WHICH ALL OTHER "CULTURAL COMPOUNDS" WILL ARISE.
IN OTHER WORDS, THESE CULTURES ARE OUR "VOCABULARY" IN TRYING TO THINK ABOUT WAYS TO RESPOND TO OUR PLACE IN THE NEW GEOGRAPHY CREATED BY OUR MEDIA WORLD, AND MUST BE RESPECTED RELATIVE TO THEIR IMPORTANCE TO OUR SURVIVAL.
Jon Hassell
####

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 27 June 2021 04:04 (one year ago) link

goddamn

and yeah, was still making great music. but also left behind a ton of great records i don’t imagine i’ll ever really get tired of listening to

rip

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 27 June 2021 04:11 (one year ago) link

We will never hear another person like him ever again.

Absolute legend. Respect.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Sunday, 27 June 2021 05:38 (one year ago) link

So sad.

I keep discovering new and unexplored (by me) corners of his work. I had been listening to The Surgeon of the Nightsky Restores Dead Things By The Power of Sound (from the late 80s) just this week - what an amazing record.

Tim F, Sunday, 27 June 2021 07:36 (one year ago) link

As Jon is now free of a constricting body, he is liberated to be in his musical soul and will continue to play in the Fourth World.


Rest in peace, you wonderful person.

willem, Sunday, 27 June 2021 07:55 (one year ago) link

Oh shit, RIP

paolo, Sunday, 27 June 2021 08:50 (one year ago) link

Ah shit. RIP. What a genius.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 27 June 2021 09:08 (one year ago) link

Oh no! RIP Jon ;_;

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Sunday, 27 June 2021 09:42 (one year ago) link

RIP Jon. That was a lovely statement from his family

I am using your worlds, Sunday, 27 June 2021 10:44 (one year ago) link

he made so many ridiculously good albums you can go through decades of his work without finding anything shit, Fascinoma is a personal fave of mine.

calzino, Sunday, 27 June 2021 11:15 (one year ago) link

Ronu Majumdar's "Hollow Bamboo" album on the Water Lily label has a real nice guest spot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zeaTh0f0E4

sleeve, Sunday, 27 June 2021 15:16 (one year ago) link

New York Times w/ details I didn’t know:

Fascinated by electronic music, he made tape collages and won a grant to study with the avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen for two years in Cologne, Germany. His classmates included musicians who would go on to start the German band Can; he took LSD with them

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 June 2021 15:26 (one year ago) link

I knew he studied with Stockhausen around the same time as Holger Czukay, didn't know about the LSD though!

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Monday, 28 June 2021 15:42 (one year ago) link

... and David Johnson, who was in the original line-up of Can.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Monday, 28 June 2021 15:44 (one year ago) link

RIP. what a life.

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Monday, 28 June 2021 15:47 (one year ago) link

84 is pretty good. But given that he was creating music at such a high level, it’s hard not to feel a little sadder about this. His last few records betrayed no signs of slowing down whatsoever – in retrospect, I find it remarkable that his music sounded every bit as exotic, brooding and other to the very end.

RIP to one of the greats.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 29 June 2021 13:21 (one year ago) link

Have we ever polled his albums? I only get this topic when using the search.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 17:35 (one year ago) link

The Surgeon of the Nightsky Restores Dead Things by the Power of Sound----

not seeing this one on Spotify. Author/critic Jon Savage says it's a fave of his

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 July 2021 17:10 (one year ago) link

Nice tribute mix from Low Light: https://www.mixcloud.com/lowlight/last-night-the-moon-came-a-tribute-to-john-hassell/

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 2 July 2021 06:58 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGFJhExa4Qc

Milton Parker, Friday, 2 July 2021 08:22 (one year ago) link

Chaser:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbcuISx7vDk

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 4 July 2021 20:21 (one year ago) link

I miss this guy already

sleeve, Sunday, 4 July 2021 20:28 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0sjEnihSdI

"caracas night september 11, 1975"

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Sunday, 11 September 2022 17:25 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

Highly recommended tribute: https://astralindustries.bandcamp.com/album/ai-32-the-fifth-world-recordings

Pataphysician, Friday, 13 January 2023 15:05 (three weeks ago) link

Some live stuff coming out — sounds pretty pretty good ...

https://jonhassell.bandcamp.com/

tylerw, Thursday, 19 January 2023 20:56 (two weeks ago) link

just reading up on some of his credits, turns out he played on a pair of duncan sheik tracks? sounds like a bad david sylvian song hxxps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISt0LotIIEo

diamonddave85 (diamonddave85), Thursday, 19 January 2023 23:04 (two weeks ago) link

the link between bad 90s radio rock and new weird america that ilm needed today

ꙮ (map), Thursday, 19 January 2023 23:07 (two weeks ago) link

Some live stuff coming out — sounds pretty pretty good ...

https://jonhassell.bandcamp.com🕸/


These are standalone issues of the bonus discs from the City: Works of Fiction reissue from a few years back.

Given the volume of stuff that’s apparently still in the Hassell vaults it’s a shame that this is a re-release. (I thought Warp’s archival repackaging of the All Saints catalogue was brilliant, but it seems like the well has run dry a bit there.)

On the other hand, the packaging is nice and that live set (especially the final track) is one of my all time favourite Hassell recordings, so I’ll probably end up buying these.

bamboohouses, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 17:59 (one week ago) link

Just now relistening to Brilliant Trees for the first time in a while and his tone when he first appears is unmistakable.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 18:04 (one week ago) link

aahhhh xpost that's too bad re:forthcoming live stuff. that material *is* worth revisiting. this is the cd edition i picked up years ago and it's p spiff.

also yes ned! love him so much on that material. words with the shaman probably already mentioned as such, but i am officially stating my vote for "classic hassell" across the board for all of the sylvian collabs. stating the obvious perhaps, but it's nice to be right for once!

"i'm grateful." (Austin), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 18:15 (one week ago) link

sounds like a bad david sylvian song

funny because one of the few things I know about duncan shiek is that he's a big sylvian fan and stated in interviews after Barely Breathing became a huge hit that he was surprised to get any commercial success as he thought of himself as a Sylvian type.

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 23:38 (one week ago) link

Never understood why Alfred had such a bad reaction to Brilliant Trees. Hassell’s work there (and on Words w the Shaman which was stapled to my CD edition) is so, so good.

Even though I love that he went out on top, I miss this guy.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 13:00 (one week ago) link

duncan shiek is that he's a big sylvian fan

yeah i definitely got that sense after listening to the two tracks with hassell and almost made me want to check out some of his other stuff to see if he had some good sylvian-inspired deep cuts

diamonddave85 (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 15:50 (one week ago) link


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