Musiques De L’O.N.F. – Music of the N.F.B.
What makes this double-LP from 1977 special is it perhaps the earliest appearance of backing tracks to many of the avant-garde films in Canada. They were composed and sequenced (if you can call it that)using the earliest synthesizers and/or tape manipulation techniques. The compositions date from 1951 (!) – 1972, early in the game indeed.
The music here is slow, cerebral, and extremely raw. Songs such as the backing to McLaren’s “Rythmetic” sound crude and rudimentary, composed entirely of primitive fart-esque oscillations. Other tracks add a slurry of spoken word and manipulated orchestral instrument samples to the mix. The techniques and styles are so dated many may find listening to this album the aural equivalent of watching a game of pong. However, that’s the reason I personally find it so fresh sounding. Musicians were still pushing the envelope and trying to squeeze every last ounce of performance and possibility from their equipment. It’s a far cry from today. Once you purchase a computer, you get the entire world of synthesis delivered to you with software packages such as Reason, MAX/MSP, etc.
The last track evolves from barberpole filtered oscillations into a deep bit of psych rock with jazz touches and moans, curiosity of an unknown band. Check it out below.