Plunderphonics 69/96

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Plunderphonics 69/96
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Compilation album by
ReleasedApril 3, 2001
Recorded1969–1996
GenrePlunderphonics
Length2:33:20
LabelFony/Seeland
ProducerJohn Oswald
John Oswald chronology
Grayfolded
(1995)
Plunderphonics 69/96
(2001)
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Plunderphonics 69/96 is a two-CD compilation album by John Oswald. The album compiles most of Oswald's infamous Plunderphonics recordings, including the 1989 Plunderphonic self-released giveway album that ran afoul of the Canadian Recording Industry (CRIA), and the Elektrax promotional EP that had been originally commissioned by Elektra Records. Unlike these previous releases, the artists and bands credited here are done so almost entirely as anagrams of their original names. The "69/96" in the title derives from the fact that Oswald created the recordings represented therein between 1969 and 1996. These numbers are also used in the package design to stand in for quote marks around Oswald's "plunderphonics" neologism.

Oswald originally intended to release the album on his own Fony Records imprint, but allegedly was unable to arrange with all the appropriated parties he had quoted in licensing the tracks, and was therefore about to abandon publication when American experimental music group Negativland, who runs their own micro-label Seeland Records, stepped in and released the project independent of Oswald and his licensing deals.

According to a statement he makes in the album's interview booklet, Oswald intended Plunderphonics 69/96 to be packaged as a box set so that record stores would be forced to file the album in the more visible and musically diverse box set area rather than in an experimental music section in the back of the record store. Since Oswald's name does not appear on the outside package, the box set would be filed as if Plunderphonics was the artist/group name, thus having it filed between Luciano Pavarotti and Prince.

The two discs are categorized and identified as "Songs" and "Tunes". The tracks represented on "Songs" are based on rock and pop music, while the "Tunes" disc has cuts based on classical, jazz and other instrumental music.

The second disc is mastered so that it actually begins with track number 27, rather than track 1. This technical variation nonetheless made it impossible for some Plunderphonics fans, especially those using Apple computers, to either play the second disc on their computer or rip MP3 files for use in digital media devices like the iPod, unless "particular software" identified on the Plunderphonics website at the time was used.

Z24 is an excerpt from Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, made by overlapping 24 different orchestra recordings.[1]

Track listing[edit]

"Songs" disk
No. Title Credited Artist/Band Original release Length
1. "btls" Margo Integer 1989 0:56
2. "power" Deep Zen Pill w/ Brother Bam Shock 1975 3:46
3. "o'hell" Sir Jim Moron 1990 3:39
4. "2net" Cwene w/ Alice Malt 1990 1:24
5. "anon" Timely Buck 1990 4:18
6. "vane" Sonic Mylar w/ Erastus Spyfact 1990 3:20
7. "mother" 5cm 1990 2:00
8. "z" Icky Dante 1990 0:20
9. "angle" Luis Erect 1990 2:41
10. "way" Asher Ogre Groin 1987 2:48
11. "sfield" Lhennj Ono 1980 0:31
12. "ebb" Spheric Plot 1990 2:35
13. "madmod" Dame Conic Cannon 1993 2:19
14. "brazilianaires theme" Lisbon Raincoat Mojo 1996 2:30
15. "bday" Taco Pizza Five 1996 1:56
16. "philosophry" Donna Nice Eros 1992 1:14
17. "cuss" Enid Van Volt 1988 0:13
18. "explo" Jensen Pox Lesion Blues Corp 1996 2:29
19. "sonic euthanasia" Cushion Toy 1994 0:59
20. "cyfer" Guy Nib of Nine Canals 1992 1:48
21. "pretender" Dally Proton 1988 3:35
22. "dont" Vessel Ripley 1989 2:51
23. "white" Gibbons Cry 1989 4:24
24. "black" Jem Snowbar 1989 2:02
25. "brown" News Orb Jam 1989 3:56
26. "dab" Alien Chasm Jock 1989 7:12
27. "case of death (part one, chapters 1-16)" Hi Strategic Aha 1991 5:59
28a. "fabulous" Kid C. Mynah 1983 2:32
"Tunes" disk
No. Title Credited Artist/Band Original release Length
27. "case of death (part two, chapters 1-9)" Artie Hitch Saga 1991 3:18
28. "andy (dang fishy rift)" Daffy Shitgrin 1977 0:54
29. "z24" Sushi Dart Scar 1993 1:28
30. "net" Camel Tail 1989 1:13
31. "birth1" Pecan Army Cult 1989 1:13
32. "mist" Ibex Bribdeck 1987 1:53
33. "barely" Buck Cherry 1969 0:05
34. "birth2" Tuna Cycle Pram 1969 1:14
35. "prelude" ZZ Snarlfit 1990 0:55
36. "mach" Quark Tone Sort 1993 4:26
37. "barely" Huck Cyrber 1969 0:09
38. "barely" Huck Cyrber 1969 0:10
39. "barely" Huck Cyrber 1969 0:08
40. "barely" Huck Cyrber 1969 0:16
41. "birth3" Racy Tune Clamp 1989 0:46
42. "rose" Big Dan Mac 1988 1:54
43. "ten4gv" Abner Newton & Brain in Slow 1986 0:24
44. "debizet" Geese Ritz Bog & Usable Scud Dye 1991 3:34
45. "pocket" Ace Sob Unit 1987 3:13
46. "tune" Edge Pipe Virus 1988 1:59
47. "fold" Data Gel Freud 1995 2:10
48. "mirror" Tyler Calico 1988 4:02
49. "dWig" Wieldung Ven Ovenbath 1991 3:02
50. "7th" Devil Gun Won't Behave 1988 3:06
51. "lune" Dudley Buscase 1995 2:32
52. "aria" Doll Egg Nun 1989 3:49
53. "spring" Sir Istvan Gorky 1980 1:18
54. "discorite" Tsar Rosy Viking 1996 1:38
55. "lovedrops" Tara Burch-Bach, et al. 1989 1:22
56. "v&" Evolving Nude Web Hat 1991 1:07
57. "preLieu" Wave Unbeloved Thing 1991 6:17
58. "para d" Tieske Ear 1986 11:04
59. "rainbow ▾" Randall Hero 1989 4:30
60. "1001" Horrendous Trance Sigh Trend 1993 3:53

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Zorn (ed.) Arcana, vol.1