Catalog #AU 1016
ReleaseWeek 08 - 2017 Week - 2017
FormatVinyl - US2LP
EAN Barcode880301101619
€ 34,99incl. VAT, excl. shipping


  1. Track 1
  2. Track 2
  3. Track 3
  4. Track 4
  5. Track 5
  6. Track 6
  7. Track 7
  8. Track 8
  9. Track 9
  10. Track 10
  11. Track 11
  12. Track 12
  13. Track 13
  14. Track 14
  15. Track 15
  16. Sketch For "Face Of Heaven
  17. Reach One (With Two Fender Rhodes) (1973


Before Disco, and before the transcendent echoes, Arthur wanted to be a composer.
His journey began in 1972, leaving home in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Heading west to Northern California, Arthur studied Indian classical composition at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music followed by western orchestral music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, before ending two years later in New York at the Manhattan School of Music.
Traversing the popular and the serious, Arthur composed �Instrumentals� in 1974, inspired by the photography of his Buddhist teacher, Yuko Nonomura, as Arthur described, �I was awakened, or re-awakened to the bright-sound and magical qualities of the bubblegum and easy-listening currents in American popular music�.
Initially intended to be performed in one 48 hour cycle, �Instrumentals� was in fact only performed in excerpts a handful of times as a work in progress.
The legendary performances captured live in New York at The Kitchen (1975 and 1978) and Franklin St. Arts Center (1977) feature the cream of that eras downtown new music scene including Ernie Brooks, Rhys Chatham, Julius Eastman, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon, Garrett List, Andy Paley, Bill Ruyle, Dave Van Tieghem, and Peter Zummo.
Pitchfork lauded �Instrumentals� Vol. 1 as a masterpiece and one of Arthur�s �greatest achievements�. Americana touching on Copeland, Ives, and maybe even Brian Wilson. �Instrumentals� Vol. 2 is a moving, deeply pastoral work performed by the CETA Orchestra and conducted by Julius Eastman.
Also included are two of Arthur�s most elusive compositions, Reach One, and Sketch For �Face Of Helen�. Recorded live in 1975 at Phill Niblock�s Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Reach One is a minimal, hypnotic ambient soundscape written and performed for two Fender Rhodes pianos. Sketch For �Face Of Helen� was inspired by Arthur�s work with friend and composer Arnold Dreyblatt, recorded with an electronic tone generator, keyboard and ambient recordings of a rumbling tugboat from the Hudson River.