Artist: Reed, Rick
Title: Music for the Rothko Chapel
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records
Format: 10"
Catalog #: mt022
Condition: new
Price: $5.00

Tracklist Samples
1 Music For the Rothko Chapel 1
2 Music For the Rothko Chapel 1


Part 2 Here's a rose plucked from the magnetic garden. Rick Reed's solo project from 1985. Entitled 'Music For The Rothko Chapel'. Reed has long had a fascination for the chapel, located in Houston, Texas, which contains some of the last large scale paintings by the late abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. Almost completely monochromatic, in deep shades of purple & near black, the paintings seem to want to pull the viewer into it's mysterious world of the void. Reed wanted to create not so much a composition about the experience, but an actual soundscape in which one could lose themselves while inside, Slowly taking in the paintings, possibly wearing walkman type headphones for the full effect. The music like the paintings is almost totally monochromatic. Starting with a single bit of guitar feedback, recorded, & then played back into the room with additional bits of feedback added each time, recorded layer by layer until 'all the brush strokes were rendered nearly invisible'. The end result is not at all like feedback, but more like a huge dark cloud of electronic sound, like a totally bent orchestra with a way out string & flute section hell bent on exploring the nether regions. Reed adds one final note, ' I don't think I ever intended to release this, but after a joint visit with members of the group AMM, I learned what high regard people from other parts of the world hold for the chapel, I quickly reconsidered my rather jaded take on just what a fantastic place this really is'. This is the same Rick Reed who was named in the Amm cd, 'on the way to the chapel we had coffee with Rick Reed.' Audiophile vinyl, Direct Metal Mastering. The Wire writes, 'volume 2 presents composer Rick Reeds meditative music for the rothko chapel a long drone work split across 2 sides, recalling some of Makoto Kawabata's (Father Moo & the Black sheep, Acid Mother's Temple, Floating Flower ...) more esoteric solo excursions.' Definitely a must for fans of Kawabata, Acid Mother's Temple, Rol& Kayn, Keith Rowe, Fred Frith.

Now taking all 12 coupons for the bonus 10"! Bonus 10" now available. All directions are in the final 10" with Coil on how, where & when to send the coupons to receive the 10". The 13th & final release in the Lactamase 10" series with new tracks from: EDWARD KA-SPEL, RICK REED, STIMULUS, ARANOS, MIROSLAW RAJKOWSKI, VAS DEFERENS ORGANIZATION, TROUM, CHARALAMBIDES, VOLCANO THE BEAR, NOISE-MAKER'S FIFES, WHITELODGE & COIL. Not for sale. One must collect all 12 coupons in the Lactamase series to obtain this release. Please do not ask if we will just sell one because we will not. This bonus 10" is a reward for those who ventured to collect all the records in the series. From June 2003 '...a subscription series of twelve 10" vinyl records by some of today's best & brightest underground, avant-garde & esoteric musical projects. The series has included some amazing releases from Edward Ka-Spel, Volcano the Bear & Tony Conrad, ...' -J. Dean