Friday, 27 March 2009
Possibly the earliest description of Techno on record...
"The opening allegro took me straight back to childhood and gave me in turn the rusty windlass of a well, the interlinking noises of a goods train that is being shunted, then the belly rumblings of a little boy that is acutely ill after a raid on an orchard and finally the singular alarmed noise of poultry that is being worried to death by a Scotch Terrier. The second movement gave me continuously and throughout its short length the noise of a November wind in telegraph poles on a lonely country road. The third movement began with a dog howling at midnight, proceeded to imitate the regurgitations of the less-refined or lower-middle-class type of water closet lavatory, modulating thence into the mass snoring of a naval dormitory around dawn - and concluded inconsequentially with the screech of an ungreased wheelbarow. The fourth movement reminded me immediately and persistently and vividly ofsomething i have never thought of since the first time i heard it; the noise of a Zulu village in the Glasgow exhibition - a hub bub all the more singular, because it had the background of the skirling highland bagpipes"
Alan Dent on Bela Bartok, quoted in The Later Ego by James Agate.
Keeping on a vintage tip, here's some Early Dutch Techno from Unit Moebius, the original darlings of the Hagues Techno scene, who have just seen 12 of their tracks re-released in a swanky remastered stylee.
Unit Moebius - Nylon