"Sharity" - Its Greatest Hits

Given that the "sharity" phenomenon is responsible for a goodly chunk of the listening I did in 2009 - the first time I had Internet access at home for an entire year since 2002 (and yes, I'm still a little wary about its presence) - here are some exemplary posts. These albums are out-of-print; dependent upon your views on intellectual property, or of the particular artists in question, you can download the many albums available at these blogs that are still commercially available without any encouragement from me. (I'll probably add more as I dig through the blogs linked to on the sidebar a final time.)

From Allegory of Allergies:

The Inside of the Outside/ or The Outside of the Inside: Who Are They? Where Do They Come From? Whey Are They Here?,

The Los Angeles Free Music Society - The Lowest Form of Music, and

Alan Licht's lists of the top Minimal-music albums (1) (2) (3);

from Bravo Juju:

No Noise Reduction - The Complete No Noise Reduction;

The George Russell Sextet - Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature,

Morton Subotnick - Silver Apples of the Moon - The Wild Bull;

Women in Electronic Music (classic compilation released in 1977; a must-have for any fan of early Laurie Anderson);

from A Closet of Curiosities:

Gentle Fire (first/ only L P by an exemplary Collectivist ensemble, in this case enacting Aleatoric works by the "New York School" of Cage, Brown, and Wolff);

Gilles Gobeil - La Mecanique des Ruptures;

Evan Parker - Process and Reality;

La Monte Young - Trio for Strings;

Louis and Bebe Barron - Forbidden Planet (legendary electronic-music soundtrack);

a selection of compilation tracks and previously-unavailable recordings of Mauricio Kagel,

Oskar Scala - My Fascinating Instrument,

The Science of Sound (exactly what it says),

Stefan Wolpe,

Extended Voices,

John Cage - Empty Words Part IV,

Francois Bayle - L'Experience Acoustique (a fine introduction to an Academic Electroacoustic composer often ignored in favor of Henry, Stockhausen, Ferrari, Xenakis);

Electronic Music (a 1967 compilation, noteworthy for the inclusion of the original version of John Cage's Fontana Mix, an aletoric work but "performed" originally by Cage and others as tape music - indeed, the belabored work they did with the magnetic tape has become the stuff of legend), and

Leonard Bernstein Conducts Music of Our Time (wherein the New York Philharmonic improvises - after all, it was the Sixties);

from Direct Waves:

Musica Futurista: The Art of Noises and Luigi Russolo - Die Kunst der Geraeusche,

The Entire Musical Work of Marcel Duchamp,

Free Improvisation: New Phonic Art, Iskra 1903, Wired,

La Monte Young - The Well-Tuned Piano,

Jean Dubuffet - Musique Brut and Experiences Musicales,

An Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music Vol. 1 (wide-reaching compilation from Sub Rosa),

and Futura: Poesia Sonora (Cramps Records sound-poetry compilation);

from Free Jazz From Slavery:

The Revolutionary Ensemble - The People's Republic,

The Revolutionary Ensemble - Manhattan Cycles,

The Black Artists Group - In Paris, Aries 1973,

and several albums from Nmperign;

from Killed in Cars:

Keiji Haino - "C'Est Parfait" Endoctriné Tu Tombes la Tête la Première;

from I'll Read You a Story:

Alan Lamb - Original Masters: Night Passage;

Omit - Quad,

Organum - Submission;

Pelt, Keenan Lawler, and Eric Clark - Keyhole;

from Microphones in the Trees:

Pan Sonic - Kesto (234.48:4),

Charlemagne Palestine - Strumming Music;

from Stonerobixxx:

Boris and Sunn O))) - Altar [Japanese editions];

from Terror Noise Audio:

To Live and Shave in L A - The Wigmaker in Eighteenth Century Williamsburg;

from Twice Zonked!:

Vittorio Gelmetti - Musiche Elettroniche;

from Your Self Vanished:

Circle - Circulus,

Cecil Taylor and Max Roach - Historic Concerts.