[ 39 MP3 files after the jump ]
What do you get when you combine Erik Satie with a bunch of stoned hippies, a chamber orchestra, and a Moog? It is hard to tell what would happen today, but in the 70s this resulted in the album "The Electronic Spirit of Erik Satie, featuring The Moog Synthesizer with The Camarata Contemporary Chamber Orchestra", released in 1972 on Deram, a Decca subsidiary. Like Daniel Steven Crafts' Soap Opera Suite/Snake Oil Symphony, this is an album I discovered at my old radio station WCBN, and long after I had left Ann Arbor I realized that I just could not live without it. Of course it is out of print, but thanks to eBay I now own a copy, so I don't have to go back to Michigan to steal it.
Here are some excerpts from the liner notes, without comment:
Notes Relating to the Title: "The Electronic Spirit of Erik Satie" (Music Mystically Inspired)
Satie was convinced that he was a spirit working under the direct guidance of some medieval cleric whose fanatical piety he had inherited from beyond the grave.
This producer is convinced that he is also a spirit working under the direct guidance of Erik Satie, whose eccentricities and mysticisms have guided him throughout the making of this LP.
A.) The arranger felt the actual presence of Satie in the room with him while he was scoring. (Erik's spirit would hover around the room and, at times, reach over his shoulder and guide his pencil along the score page, shouting directions in his ear "B flat not B natural, you dummy!") His worst moment was when he added bars to Satie's barless music... (the arranger in this case cannot recall having scored any of the pieces in the LP.)
B.) The presence and guidance of Satie's spirit was never more felt than in the programming and playing of the Moog synthesizer. All the wave forms, modulation mixes, oscillations and permutations have never been duplicated since, and the Moog player, who was entirely unfamiliar with the instrument at the time, has no recollection of having done the album whatsoever!!!!!!!
I mentioned stoned hippies, didn't I? Anyway, let's face the music after the jump.
Chapitres Tournes En Tous (Chapters Turned Every Which Way)
I Celle qui parle trop (The Woman Who Talks Too Much) [MP3]
...let me talk...listen to me!...(The husband is impatient)...I want a hat of massive wood...Madame Chose has an umbrella made of bones...Mademoiselle Machin married a man who is as dry as a "Cuckoo"...listen to me, then...the Concierge has a pain in his ribs...(the husband is dying of exhaustion!!!)
II Le porteur de grosses pierres (Sisyphus, Carrier of Heavy Stones) [MP3]
...difficult little steps...dragging the legs...he feels that the stone is going to escape him...it's going to fall!...that's it!...it falls!
III Regrets des Enfermés (Jonas et Latude) (Lamentation of a Closed Mind) [MP3]
...they are sitting in the shadow...reflecting...several centuries separate them...Jonas says: I am the Latitude Sailor...and Latitude says: I am a French Jonas.
Croquis Et Agaceries D'un Bonhomme En Bois (Sketches and Exasperations Of A Big Boob Made Of Wood)
I Tyrolienne Turque [MP3]
Play this precautiously...a little warm...very Turkish...stern...more Turkish...stern again...this time medium warm...(was Mozart really Turkish?)
II Danse Maigre (à la maniére de des Messieurs) (A "Skinny" Dance in the manner of a "Skinny Gentleman") [MP3]
III Españana [MP3]
...A la Chabrier...like in Seville...a la Bizet...the beautiful Carmen and the Barber of Seville...(No Castenets, please)...a la Debussy...Puerta de Vino...isn't it Alçade?...Plaza Clichy (Cliche Square)...Rue de Madrid...(I SAID, NO CASTENETS, PLEASE!!!!!!!!)
Reverie De L'enfance De Pantagruel (Childhood Dream of Pantagruel) [MP3]
Jeux De Gargantua (Forbidden Games of Gargantua) [MP3]
Preludes Flasques (Pour un chien) (Flabby Preludes (For a Dog))
I Voix D'intérieur (Voices Within) [MP3]
II Chanson Canine (Duet for Two Dogs) [MP3]
III Avec Camaraderie (With Friendship) [MP3]
Les Trois Valses Distinguées Du Précieux Dégôuté (Three Distinguished Waltzes of a Disgusted "Dandy")
I Sa Taille (His Figure From the Waist Up) [MP3]
...He hums a tune of the 15th century...he then gives himself a compliment full of measure...who will dare to say that he is not the most beautiful...isn't his heart tender?...he takes himself by the hips...it is ravishing for him!...what will the beautiful Marquis say?...she will fight, but she will be vanquished...yes, Madame...isn't it written?...
II Son Binocle (His Eyepiece) [MP3]
...He cleans it every day...it's an eyepiece of silver with glasses in burnt gold...it has been given to him by a beautiful lady...those are beautiful souvenirs...but...a great sorrow reigns over our friend...he has lost the case of his eyepiece!!!!!!!!!
III Ses Jambes (His Legs) [MP3]
...He is very, very proud of them...they only dance choice dances...they are beautiful flat legs...in the evening, they are dressed in black...(he wants to carry them under his arm)...and here they are, very indignant...often he embraces them and he puts them around his neck...how good he is for them!...adamantly, he refuses to buy legholders...a Prison, he says...
Cinq Grimaces (Five Grins or Mona Lisa's Moustache)
I Preambule [MP3]
II Coquecigrue [MP3]
III Chasse [MP3]
IV Fanfaronnade [MP3]
V Pour sortie [MP3]
Sports & Divertissements (Sports & Amusements)
La Balançoire (The Seesaw) [MP3]
La Chasse (The Hunt) [MP3]
Comédie Italianne (The Italian Comedy) [MP3]
Le Réveil de la Mariée (The Arrival of the Bride) [MP3]
Colin-Maillard (Blindman's Bluff) [MP3]
La Pêche (Fishing) [MP3]
Yachting (Yachting) [MP3]
Le Bain de Mer (Bath in the Sea) [MP3]
Le Carnaval (The Carnival) [MP3]
Le Golf (Golf) [MP3]
La Pieure (The Octopus) [MP3]
Les Courses (The Races) [MP3]
Les Quatre-Coins (The Game of the Cat and the Four Mice) [MP3]
Le Pique-Nique (The Picnic) [MP3]
Le Water-Chute (The Water Slide) [MP3]
Le Tango (The Tango) [MP3]
Le Traîneau (The Sleigh Ride) [MP3]
Le Flirt (The Flirt) [MP3]
Le Feu D'artifice (The Fireworks) [MP3]
Le Tennis (Tennis) [MP3]
Let me close this post with the closing words from the liner notes of the album:
I wish to express my special thanks and admiration to Monsieur William L. Robinson, Chef d'Engineer, Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, California, for his valuable technical assistance, along with the many arduous hours he put in on my behalf in the study of Yoga and other Transcendental mediums used to communicate with me during the reduction of his album