Steam locomotives! Acetylene torches! Manual typewriters! Street drills! Dump trucks! Alligators! Sputnik! Who would've thought you could build albums from the sounds of such things? Well, maybe Einstürzende Neubauten for a few of them, but if we're talking decades before that (early '60s or thereabouts), the only possible answer is those wacky field-recording documentarians at Folkways Records. That's where almost all these musique concrete slabs came from, though it was impossible to resist sneaking in a selection from The Restaurant Album, not to mention "Forest of Giant Sequoyas of Later Jurassic," which probably wasn't really recorded then, but who knows?
Weird Rhapsody: Lost and Found Sounds
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