LIVEBATTS! is the result of the eclectic approach to music
and sound of John White, the experimental composer better
known for his early work with Cornelius Cardew and the
Scratch Orchestra and for his formidable output of piano
sonatas (now counting almost to 200).
Everything started out from his passion for those cheap
battery driven keyboards which appeared on the market of
musical instruments in the 80s. Much more similar to toys
than to proper instruments, these did interested so much Mr.
White that he decided to create a group playfully dedicated
to a kind of new music specifically made for them.
In this recording, which happened sometimes in the mid
nineties, we find what would become the LIVEBATTS!
consolidated line up (came after the first incarnation formed
by White and another experimental music champion as
Christopher Hobbs): John White on battery driven keyboards
and toys, MJ Coldiron on vocals, mostly spoken, and extra
keyboard parts, and Andrea Rocca on electric guitar and
Their often playful pieces reflect John White’s interest in
systems-based music and his love for the pioneers of
electronic pop such as Kraftwerk, MJ Coldiron’s grounding in
theatre and anthropology and Andrea Rocca’s background in
plunderphonics and noise rock.
It can be difficult to describe the mix of styles and
approaches that distinguishes these pieces, but, if you search
well, here you can find: pillars of Composition, bones of
Experimentation, tons of low budget Sound Effects, beams of
System Music, coats of Improvisation, pages of Pataphysics
and... massive doses of Humor.
We are sure you will enjoy it!!!
1) Harold In Salt Lake City 7:52
2) Adventures In Outer Space 4:55
3) Waldesrauschen 9:30
4) Groovin' Batts 7:21
5) Dinosaur Helpine 6:33
6) Goldfish Chatline 4:19
7) PT-30 Cross-Talk 14:11