RēR Quarterly

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Rē Records Quarterly Vol.1 No.1 LP and magazine.

The RēR Quarterly (also known as Rē Records Quarterly and RēR Records Quarterly) was an English "quarterly" sound-magazine comprising an LP record and a magazine. It was published at irregular intervals between 1985 and 1997 by Recommended Records and November Books, and edited by English percussionist, lyricist and music theorist, Chris Cutler. It was sold internationally by Recommended Records via mail order and in specialist record shops.

A total of thirteen issues were published (four volumes of four, four, three and two issues respectively) plus two "collection" issues featuring music selections from volumes 1 and 2. From volume 4 the LP was replaced by a CD and the CD and the magazine (now entitled unFILEd: The RēR Sourcebook) were sold separately or together as a set.

The record in each issue contained previously unreleased music by artists from across the world, including commissioned pieces, projects and live recordings. The A4 magazine (varying from 42 to 112 pages per issue) included artwork and theoretical and practical articles on music, often by the composers and performers featured on the record. In keeping with the goals of Recommended Records and its prime mover, Rock in Opposition, a number of new musicians and groups appeared on the records, many having their music published internationally for the first time.

Cutler described the RēR Quarterly as:[1]

... firstly a sound magazine - not a sampler or a compilation, but a window on what was happening, essays in the possibilities of sound, introduction to new people. And secondly a printed magazine without the usual interviews and reviews, avoiding the language and outlook of the vapid music press ...

Paul Oldfield wrote in the English music newspaper, Melody Maker in 1985: "Theirs [RēR Quarterly] is the pursuit of unimaginable, packed in artwork of giddy luminescence." [2]

Background[edit]

The idea for RēR Quarterly began in 1982 when Recommended Records released the Recommended Records Sampler, a sampler double album by various artists that contained newly recorded and previously unreleased work by musicians and groups on the Recommended Records catalogue at the time.

Distribution[edit]

RēR Quarterly was distributed primarily to international subscribers by Recommended Records in London. Individual issues were also sold by the record label and other specialist record stores. Subscribers received special Subscription Editions that were numbered and signed, and included "something extra". For example, issue 1/1 included additional artwork by Peter Blegvad from his and John Greaves's 1977 album, Kew. Rhone., and issue 1/2 contained a cassette tape of Soviet pop songs from the early 1980s (at that time musicians in the former Soviet Union had little to no exposure in the West).

Name[edit]

When the RēR Quarterly was first published in 1985, it was entitled The Rē Records Quarterly, "Rē" being the label Cutler had set up for his own projects in 1978 alongside Recommended Records (q.v.) which served for distribution, mailorder and as a label for outside projects. In 1988 the name changed to The RēR Records Quarterly since the distinction between the two operations no longer needed to be marked. In 1994 the magazine title was reduced to The RēR Quarterly, which remained until it mutated again into the Sourcebook series.

Frequency[edit]

While RēR Quarterly was intended to be a quarterly sound-magazine, the gaps between issues varied from four months to four years. Editor Chris Cutler remarked that "It was always hard to get sufficient material of quality for the Quarterly, and so it always took a long time to prepare each issue." [1] Most of the pieces featured on the disc and magazine were commissioned, and as the magazine's circulation was small and it received no subsidy (each issue generally ran at a loss), the contributors received very little for their work. In addition, Cutler was not a full-time editor of the magazine and preparing each issue had to be squeezed into his schedule of recording, touring and running Recommended Records.

Issues[edit]

Volume 1[edit]

Volume 2[edit]

Volume 3[edit]

Volume 4[edit]

Selections[edit]

  • RēR Quarterly Selections from Vol.1 (CD, Recommended Records RēR QCD1, 1991)
    • CD track titles
      1. "Mystery Tapes" by John Oswald – 6:07
      2. "Berlin Programme" by Duck and Cover – 27:41
      3. "Hermetic Discourse" by Steve Moore – 6:45
      4. "Religion" by Cassix – 2:32
      5. "The Stanislavsky Method" by Cassix – 1:11
      6. "Tempo di Pace, Bari" by Cassix – 3:56
      7. "Copy Machine" by Cassix – 1:49
      8. "Finta di Nulla" by Cassix – 1:59
      9. "The Birth of Compomisation" by 5uu's – 2:53
      10. "The Threshold of Liberty" by Steve Moore – 9:32
      11. "Early Rest Home" by Biota – 9:43

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Colli, Beppe. "An interview with Chris Cutler (1999)". Clouds and Clocks. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  2. ^ "RēR Quarterlies". SquidCo. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 

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