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The Voices of the DeadFeaturing David Toop, DJ Spooky, Lee Ranaldo, Calla & CM von Hausswolff (vinyl LP)

Konstantin Raudive - The Voices of the Dead
Original archives from Konstantin Raudive and Gerhard Stempnik and some additional remixes.
For many, the first traces of the Raudive Tapes were in William Burroughs fictions and articles. The fact is, these mysterious magnetic tapes, which capture the voices of the dead, and were recorded by the baltic scientist Konstantin Raudive, are not a fiction but a reality (we are not here to judge their scientific objectivity ). These tapes, as rare as Lovecraft's Necronomicon, are now in Sub Rosa's archives.

– Two introductions by Konstantin Raudive and a large session of exemples from his archives (July 1965).
– Nine extracts from the Gerhard Stempnik experiments, musician of the Berlin Philharmonic and close friend of Raudive (tapes from 1980).
– A Raudive celebration including unpublished material by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, David Toop, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Calla and Carl Michael von Hausswolff. They have all composed an exclusive piece of music based on the Raudive material. It goes from a close examination of the material itself to a more evocative mood.
Konstantin Raudive (Konstantīns Raudive, 1909-1974), a student of Carl Jung, was a Latvian psychologist and parapsychologist who taught at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, before devoting the last ten years of his life to electronic voice phenomenon (EVP). He published the book Breakthrough in 1971. His early collaborator F. Jurgenson, whom he met by the very beginning of 1965, awakened K. Raudive's interest in EVP research. Raudive spent endless hours for the thorough study of Jurgenson's books (Voices from Space, 1964, and Radio-Link with the Dead, 1967). From an overwhelming database (ranging about 72000 samples), Raudive's mother seems to be statistically the most frequently reported contact personality. She usually addressed her son in the Latgalian dialect.
published in June 2020
black vinyl + color insert
currently out of stock

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