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Amnon Raviv - Mirror
Private no ref. (Israel LP 1983)
[cover/record] Near Mint (NM or M-) / Near Mint (NM or M-)
Megarare experimental sound collage album released in Israel in 1983 only available in a handmade edition of just 50 copies, that becomes a Holy Grail for collectors, the rarest and first DIY record from this land. Soundhom review extracts: . There's nothing else quite like it from that era, let alone from Israel, although it does have some parallels with earlier avant-garde/outsider music from the US and Europe. It may well be the strangest, as well as one of the most obscure records to come out of Israel. The instruments used are flamenco and acoustic guitar, flute, violin and sax. Some of the playing is free form and some is complex notation, but all the tracks contain collages of effects and noisy field recordings which often dominate the picture -- bubbling water, a chicken farm, feedback, transistor radio, metal percussion, vacuum cleaner, etc. There are some comparisons to be made with Anal Magic and Rev Dwight Frizzell's Beyond The Black Crack from 1976, featured at the infamous NWW list. Mirror has a similar wild and fried atmosphere sitting amidst the open sonic spaces, coupled with some skilled instrumental playing. A notable difference with the Frizzell album is that Frizell's pieces are always titled -- the six pieces here are all untitled. Amnon Raviv is still active as a musician, but he also holds a PhD in medical clowning and his main work these days is as a medical clown, incorporating smiles and laughter as a therapy to help recovering patients on Tel Aviv's cancer wards. This is your only chance to get an original from 1983 in M-/M- condition....