An Opera by Tom Phillips, Music by Gavin Bryers
Libretto by Fred Orton IRMA
Obscure/Polydor (Japan) 1978
25MM 0162 (LP) w/insert(slightly color-faded.)
sleeve : VG+(SRW, wear on edge and corner, light stains.)
media : EX-/EX-(some slightly surface noises.)
Released in 1978 on Brian Eno's Obscure label, this album by Gavin Bryers is music for an opera by Tom Phillips, composed by Bryers using fragments of the novel and a few bars of notes printed on a 50 cm square piece of paper. Side A is minimalist music with a gradual progression of scales played by piano, keyboard percussion, and strings, and a collage of wave sounds, etc. Side B is long-toned strings overlaid with fragments of the novel sung by a vocalist. This is an important piece that makes us think about what is ambient? The commentary by Gavin Bryer on the insert was translated by Satoshi Ashikawa.