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Electronic Meditation

Electronic Meditation
Thursday March 8th, 2018 with Sean McFee
West Coast Synthesizers

Music. Mostly from Vancouver, mostly from cassette (originally), mostly from the 80s. How do you go wrong?
Stitching Small Tears is a compilation that came out in 1982 featuring electronic music from the Vancouver area. I discovered it while trying to track down music for a show I'll be doing in a few weeks. A cassette-only release, it is now available as a 2-CDR reissue.

We start with some instrumental synth music from Glen Nelson, who was also in the synth pop group Images in Vogue.
Moving in Reverse
Glen Nelson - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Satellite Vision
Glen Nelson - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
No Title
Glen Nelson - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
D.A. Dettmar, aka Del Dettmar, was a former member of Hawkwind who moved to Canada in 1974. He was a member of the Melodic Energy Commission. He recorded the cassette "Synthesis" with Gerald Toon in 1980 and it was released on Melodic Energy Commission's label Energy Discs. Dettmar was later a contributor to the group Space Ritual. I don't know a lot about Gerald Toon or Paul Rudolph, but they contributed to one Melodic Energy Commission song (Perriwinkle St. from Migration of the Snails) and also the compilation track below.
Return of the Wolf Chicks
D.A. Dettmar & Gerald Toon - Synthesis - Energy Discs Canadian
Experiment #28
D.A. Dettmar & Gerald Toon - Synthesis - Energy Discs Canadian
It's an Idea
D.A. Dettmar & Gerald Toon - Synthesis - Energy Discs Canadian
Improvisation
D.A. Dettmar & Gerald Toon - Synthesis - Energy Discs Canadian
Peter's Piece
Paul Rudolph & Gerald Toon - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
I know little about Blair Petrie but he went on to have several cassette releases in the 80s. Lightdreams I have played a few times before; this track comes from a 1982 cassette originally as well, now reissued on CD by Got Kinda Lost records. The Schmegel Brothers are even more wrapped in mystery... it appears to be one person (the notes in the compilation are written in the first person singular) but no indication is given as to who it might be.
Pamela
Blair Petrie - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Everyone Grows and Grows
Lightdreams - 10;001 Dreams - Got Kinda Lost Canadian
Theme from 'Nuns in Trouble'
Schmegel Brothers - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Guitar Pan With Static
Schmegel Brothers - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Dim Horns With Pump Guitar
Schmegel Brothers - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Enverted Rumble With Click
Schmegel Brothers - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Double Marimba Sectional
Schmegel Brothers - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Jes' Hollerin'
Schmegel Brothers - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Now for a Songs With Words segment. The Courage of Lassie went on to release several albums of art pop. A new version of "Iron" appears on their 1986 album The Temptation to Exist.

Moev is alluded to in the Stitching Small Tears notes but I guess they weren't able to get their rights. These two early singles are very early 80s and fun.

Images in Vogue, as previously mentioned, is early 80s synth pop. This EP was released in 1983. Member Kevin Crompton went on to found Skinny Puppy.
All That Remains of Corinth
The Courage of Lassie - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Iron
The Courage of Lassie - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Cracked Mirror
Moev - Cracked Mirror - Noetix Canadian
Rotting Geraniums
Moev - Rotting Geraniums - Go! Canadian
Lust For Love
Images in Vogue - Images in Vogue - WEA Canadian
Masks
Images in Vogue - Images in Vogue - WEA Canadian
Just Like You
Images in Vogue - Images in Vogue - WEA Canadian
Finally a more abstract and experimental set to end. Piedmont Sorpid I have played before and dates from the late 90s; everything else is new to the show.
Blown Foreign Placement
Piedmont Sorpid - Piedmont Sorpid - Dainty Deathy Canadian
Black Christmas
Mechanism - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
A Ghost in Daylight
Mechanism - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
untitled
blackhumour - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Excerpt from Er Dang
Tunnel Canary - Stitching Small Tears - Alien Replicant Canadian
Interactive CKCU