“BORN INTO SYSTEMS” (KSE #226, CDR)
a musical tribute to the late, great Texas-based experimental music writer and champion, Lee Jackson
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Formerly of Austin, Texas, and now living and working in Los Angeles, composer and multi-instrumentalist DEREK ROGERS was, along with Sir Plastic Crimewave, the first recording artist on KSE. Whether you call it noise-drone-electroacoustic or whatever, he has become a major force in the underground music world and has issued over 60 releases on labels the world over.
Derek had a number of long online conversations with the late, great Dallas-based experimental music writer Lee Jackson (of Broken Face/Foxy Digitalis/Womblife). Both passionate, intelligent, and radical thinkers, Rogers and Jackson covered a lot of ground, and I can remember Derek telling me how pumped he was if I’d contact him after he’d finished a long talk w/ Lee J. There’s no question that Lee pushed Derek into new territory and onto greater heights. So when Lee passed away, not even 40 years old, earlier this year, Derek was crushed, but he also felt energized by what Lee had taught him and by the fire that Lee had in his championing of the cutting-edge, forward-thinking arts, so soon after, Derek went into the studio to record a tribute to Lee, with the tracks being inspired by actual quotes from Lee’s half of their conversations. Derek went into these sessions full of fury and white-heat, and wanting to keep the Texas connection going, he offered the album to KSE, and we are honored to offer it to YOU.
If you are familiar with Derek’s work, this is almost a sampler of everything that’s great about Derek’s previous albums—the keyboards, the guitars, the electronics, the effects—-it can be crunchy and shrill, then it can be majestic and soaring, then it can be solemn and funereal, then it can be feedback-drenched and fiery, then it can be beyond words. It has the energy and the speaker-shredding dynamism that Lee Jackson would no doubt have gotten excited about, but at the same time it’s a serious meditation upon the great things Lee Jackson achieved in his life and the inspiration he provided Derek…and many many others.
The track titles are taken from actual quotes from Lee Jackson’s late-night discussions with Derek, and overall BORN INTO SYSTEMS is an important album by a significant artist inspired by a great and influential figure in the experimental music world: Lee Jackson.
Don’t worry if you are not familiar with LJ: if you just put this album on not knowing what it is, it will nail you to the wall, and you’ll immediately start scouring the internet to get anything else you can find by Derek Rogers. The time he’s put in listening to Fennesz and Tony Conrad and “I Heard Her Call My Name”-era Velvets and Albert Ayler and Stockhausen and Tom Waits have paid off big-time in terms of attention to texture and modulation and attention to small detail.
It’s a limited, hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 123 copies.
Available NOW for only $8 postpaid in the US (outside the US, add $2 for postage if ordering only one item). Payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com
And while you are making that order, why not pick up the KSE full-sized cdr reissue of Derek’s first KSE release, which originally came out on a 3″ mini-cdr, CIRCUM_NAVIGATE (KSE #221), which is also $8.00 ppd., same terms of BORN INTO SYSTEMS. This reissue is limited to 30 copies! Get yours now…
We’ve got a lot of other exciting CDR releases of experimental music available, all only $8 each postpaid:
KSE #239 (CDR), FOSSILS, “Bells and Gulls”
KSE #238 (CDR), DANIEL HIPOLITO/EVA KELLY/BILL SHUTE, “Fascination”
KSE #235 (CDR), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Chimaera”
KSE #228 (CDR), UNMOOR, “Night Driver”
KSE #226 (CDR), DEREK ROGERS, “Born Into Systems”
KSE #223 (CDR), ALISTAIR CROSBIE, “A Campfire In The Snow”
KSE #222 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Sopranino Solo”
KSE #220 (CDR), MATT KREFTING, “Sweet Days of Discipline “
KSE #214 (CDR), SABRINA SIEGEL,”Bottlecaps”
KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”
KSE #206 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio “
As we enter our seventh year, we thank you for your support of KSE and of independent artists and micro-presses and micro-labels.
Derek Rogers, Austin, TX, June 2010