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Craig Leon: Early Electronics works

by Craig Leon

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    released October 12, 2018
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Nommo 07:17
Visiting 04:53


Nommos is an electronic work based in speculative fiction. It was inspired by a 1970s New York exhibition devoted to the art of the Dogon people of Mali. The Dogon are renowned for their cosmogony and for their sculptures evoking their religious beliefs, received from extraterrestrial visitors, known as the Nommos, a group of amphibian humanoids who came to them from the region of the double star Sirius.

This very unusual work was written in 1979 by the American-born record producer, composer and arranger, Craig Leon, who explains: ‘It was not constructed as a piece based on Dogon or other African music. Rather it was an attempt to imagine the music that the Nommos brought with them to Earth from their home planet, thereby influencing the development of our own music. A simple melodic and harmonic structure was used, in conjunction with repetitive two-bar rhythmic patterns.’ The result is breathtaking!

Nommos est une œuvre électronique basée sur une fiction présentée, lors d’une exposition sur l’art des Dogons (un peuple du Mali) à New York dans les années 70. Les Dogons sont réputés pour leur cosmogonie et leurs sculptures inspirées des croyances religieuses qu’ils ont reçues de visiteurs extraterrestres parmi lesquels figurent les Nommos, des esprits mi-homme mi-poisson, venus de Sirius.

On l’aura compris, l’œuvre présentée dans ce disque est hors norme. Composée en 1979 par le prolifique producteur américain Craig Leon (Ramones, Blondie, Joshua Bell, Luciano Pavarotti...), Nommos ne se veut pas anthropologique, mais une extrapolation musicale de ce qu’aurait pu être la musique que les Nommos ont amené de leur planète. Les synthétiseurs endiablés aux couleurs techno, punk, new age, risquent bien de décoiffer les voyageurs qui monteront à bord de cet ovni sonore.


released October 12, 2018

Craig Leon: composer
Cassell Webb: composer
Terre Roche: nylon guitar & composer



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