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The God Bear Archives 1 (2 CD)

Charlemagne Palestine - The God Bear Archives 1 (2 CD)
Unreleased tapes from the 70s and 80s.
During the year 2021, Charlemagne Palestine entrusted Matière Mémoire with numerous archives recently found on audio cassettes dating from the 70s and 80s. After a long process of listening and selection, here is the first volume of these archives.
All music, instruments and voices by Charlemagne Palestine, except CD2 track 4 by Simone Forti and Charlemagne Palestine.

Charlemagne Palestine (born Charles Martin ni 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) wrote intense, ritualistic music in the 1970s, intended by the composer to rub against audiences' expectations of what is beautiful and meaningful in music. A composer-performer, he always performed his own works as soloist. His earliest works were compositions for carillon and electronic drones, and he is best known for his intensely performed piano works. He also performs as a vocalist. Palestine's performance style is ritualistic; he generally surrounds himself (and his piano) with stuffed animals, smokes large numbers of kretek (Indonesian clove cigarettes) and drinks cognac.

See also Marie Canet: Palestine, first name CharlemagneMeshugga Land.
Track selection by Karbé Dinel.
Cassette digitization by Lionel Hubert.
Mastering: Frederic Alstadt at Mont analogue Mastering.
Artwork: Henry Ughetto.
published in September 2023
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