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(Toronto) Oswald's fony label ANNOUNCES Plexure Remix project, working title PLEXURE REDUX 2.2.2, will be a DVD. There is still talk of a limited edition vinyl LP release of PrePlex ( an early mix ) with Plexure Redux on the flip. No date has been set for release at this time, but Plexure Redux is "close to completion."

Aquarius ( a Berkeley California record store, from their web site ) called PLEXURE (released on John Zorn's AVANT label in 1994) :

John Oswald's piece de resistance. Twenty minutes of some of the most insane editing, cross-fading, beat matching, cultural name dropping and sampling. No other work even comes close to the intensity of Plexure. John Oswald proves he is a virtuoso of Pro Tools, over a thousand different artists edited, spliced and mixed together. Many of the sampled pieces are just long enough to be recognizable and yet short enough that by the time you can consciously identify the track your ears have been pummeled by another 15, and all matched up as seamlessly as humanly possible. One of the most beautiful and simultaneously insane and aggravating experiences in audio ever produced. A must listen and a must have.

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PLEXURE (Avant, 1993 Japan)

12 movements & 21 sub-movements
concept format : 22 minutes or 1 side of an LP record
bpm : 47 > 384 +
theme : time & love

1. Open
- Suck
- Rip

2. Urge
- Slow
- Slice
- Blink

3. Manifold
- Philosophy
- Phase

4. Blur
- Moment
- Wow
- Nest

5. Zoom
- Alone
- Gogh

6. Cyfer

7. Compact
- Phase2
- Snap

8. Worse

9. Mad Mod

10. Temperature
- Tempus Amoré (Hyper Love Time)
- Tempo Pact Massive
- Hazzard
- Warning
- Treacherous

11. Velocity
- Tremendous
- Tremulous

some reviews of PLEXURE from

This CD belongs in every home, and I'm not kidding.

"One of the most incredible listening experiences to be had anywhere. This kind of collage is of course easy to do if you have the right equipment, but to get a result such as what can be heard here requires an extremely acute musical sensitivity. This is beautiful, exciting, rewarding, exhilarating, mind-blowing, rejuvenating MUSIC. The tremendous force behind it will open up new perceptual horizons, causing you to rethink (no less) the way you listen to music. ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL."


John Oswald is a pioneering composer who deals directly with the issues of copyright, appropriation, sampling, and 'plunderphonics' in music. According to Oswald, a plunderphone is "a transformed but still recognizable audio quote." Perhaps his most formidable project yet, "Plexure" is completely assembled from other CDs and features over 1,000 'electroquoted' contemporary pop artists from the past decade or so (since the dawn of compact discs). The material progresses according to tempo, with beats and syllables juxtaposed and layered in an aural tapestry that rolls by at an almost subliminal rate. The sensation is comparable to the opening of Robert Zemeckis' film adaption of "Contact" when the camera gradually pulls back from the Earth's atmosphere and through the galaxy until it reaches the outer universe, during which we hear a barrage of song snippets, televison audio, and radio broadcasts that grows fainter as the sound waves get further out. Each track here is credited to a hybrid artist (Sinéad O'Connick Jr, Bing Stingspreen, Marianne Faith No Morrisey), and the whirlwind of familiar hooks, riffs, and voices invites an examination of just what makes pop music popular. Among the myriad of sources used, you can catch moments of Madonna, Prince, Nirvana, Edie Brickell, Deee-Lite, Julee Cruise, U2, Jane's Addiction, Metallica, Talking Heads, EMF, C+C Music Factory, Fine Young Cannibals, Annie Lennox, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This disc debuted in 1993, so much of the recording is culled from the late 1980s/early 90s. Reportedly, Oswald has plans to revisit this project in the future. Due to the legal issues raised by his methods, this import (issued on John Zorn's Japanese label, Avant) is one of the few John Oswald releases still available. Although it clocks in at just under 20 minutes, there's more information on this CD than a box set. It's not exactly something you would throw on at a party, but it's a fascinating experiment in audio recognizition and association. Experience it."

Highly recommended

"Imagine playing "name that tune" at 5 times the speed of your ears' ability to recognize familiar sounds. This composition, made up entirely of pop music samples, deserves five stars because of its meticulous organization of disparate and familiar sounds into an exciting new composition, one that stands on its own whether or not the listener is familiar with each artist being "plundered." The piece never descends into disorganized noise, each sound is clearly placed where the composer intended. This is the mailbomb you want to send to pop culture.

I had long been under the impression that this album was illegal in the States because of its use of unauthorized samples. I'm thrilled that it's available to a domestic audience.

My only caveat: The running time of this disc is 22 minutes. But Mr. Oswald's ingenious use of these thousands of samples more than compensates for the album's brevity. "


" Featured Artists " :

Aretha Vanilli,
Bing Stingspreen,
Bo No Ma,
Sam & Deee-Lite,
Sam & Dead,
Engelbert Costello,
Ice Garfunkle,
Bolton Chili Overdire,
Moody Crue,
XTZ Top,
John Lennoncamp,
Bee Jesus,
Sinead O'Connick Jr.,
Twisted Steely,
Axl Galas,
9 Inch Monkees,
Bo Dire,
Percy Faithful,
Joni Cocker,
Jon Bon Elton,
Little Keith Richard,
Twisted Kross,
Madonna & Englishmen,
Fats Bono,
Spinal Top,
Dire No More,
Doobie Osmond,
Debbie Idol,
Frank Sinappa,
Allman Dominoes,
They Might Be Grateful,
Anthrax Squeeze Factory,
Halen Oates,
Depeche Mould,
Marianne Faith No Morrisey,
Blondie Sabbath,
Ozzie Osmond,
Cheap Pixie Peppers,
Beastie Shop Beach,
Lynrd Lovett,
Cream Styx,
Jerry Harry,
Jello Bellafonte,
Milli Fudge,
Ozzy Loaf,
The Captain & Terence,
Joni Shithead,
Spiro Giants,
Stevie Ray Vangelis,
Jethro Byrne,
Mariah Cocker,
Sound Garth,
Yo Yo McCartney,
T.L.C.& C. Meat Factor,
Whitney REMTV Hammercamp,
Bonnie Ratt,
10,000 Nine Inch Megasmiths,
Bobby Bon Jackson,
Julian Lennox,
Paula McCarey,
and Kool Mo Chuck.

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