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The Unattended Serge / Five Evolutionary Things

by David Chesworth

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js “part 4” is a song for when you are sad that you can’t find your missing ps4 controller, the feeling of un-wholly ness of being a computer-brained entity with one of your parts missing, knowing you had an identical android twin at birth that you have never met. but the feeling that they are all so near. an amazing record, and a definite serge classic. i smile when any part of it is on. like a “plantasia” addendum. Favorite track: The Unattended Serge 1978 Part 4.
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Actually this was a brand new release in 2014, but of vintage Chesworth synthesizer music.

Available on Vinyl through PLANAM

album liner notes:
"Italy's always-intriguing Planam Records unearth two incredible suites of modular music by (then) 20 year old sound artist, David Chesworth, recorded in Melbourne 1979. Pictured standing next to La Trobe University's massive and rare Serge Tcherepnin modular synthesiser and looking like a kid in a candy shop on the cover, Chesworth's cheesy grin is symbolic of the endearingly naive and almost pop-wise modular music on the LP. As David would soon go on to release post punk, pop, and synth music with his ensemble and groups such as Essendon Airport and → ↑ → via his Innocent label and the influential Clifton Hill community music centre, we can hear these pieces as skeletal foundations for a far reaching and award-winning oeuvre which nowadays sees David as one of Australia's foremost sound and installation artists. The first side offers four pieces of minimalist but rich bass plongs, pirouetting blips and arcing sinewaves evolving from self-sustaining patches with playful sense of rhythm and tone, whilst the B-side side suite of 'Five Evolutionary Things' is more probing and spaced out, with pretty wild pulses in part 4 and an almost eldritch feel to Part 5 reminding of Mike Ratledge's 'Riddles Of The Sphinx'."


released May 1, 2014

‘It was experimental composer Warren Burt who introduced me to the large ‘paper face’ Serge synthesizer that was once installed in the music department at La Trobe University in Melbourne. I spent many hours making music that evolved over time, slowly revealing the instrument’s pathos, logic and inhuman humour.

A few years ago, Italian label PLANAM contacted me wondering if I had any earlier works along the lines of my first album, 50 Synthesizer Greats, originally self- released in 1979. I gave them my Serge compositions from 1978/79 which were then released on The Unattended Serge. These Serge works contrast with the more eclectic 50 Synthesizer Greats, containing 38 playful parodies of (then) tired mainstream music'. David


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Kind of 80s outsider experimental, electronic, pop and post-classical stuff

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