Combining his trademark brand of Fourth World fusion with new influences from the emerging hip-hop scene, this 1990 album is a landmark release in Jon Hassell's career to date. Futuristic sci-fi funk
with a completely melted production aesthetic – instruments and samples blur into one another in the manner of the best dub records.
Presented here in a deluxe triple disc edition alongside a 1989 concert performance of the City group, mixed live by Brian Eno, and a carefully edited sequence of alternate takes, demos and re-interpretations by
current electronic producers that presents a parallel dimension version of the original release. The vinyl edition features the original album re-cut as a double album for extra wide grooves and improved bass response (the original issue had an hour of music squeezed onto a single piece of vinyl) and a download card with access to the audio content of all 3 discs.
Trailer Audio: Jon Hassell - Voiceprint (Blind From The Facts)
Video by Sally Sibbet for Pulse Films
ABOUT JON HASSELL:
A trumpet player, composer and musical conceptualist, Jon Hassell’s career bisects a multitude of strands in the history of the avant-garde and the development of genuinely new forms of music. Having studied under Karl-Heinz Stockhausen in Cologne (alongside future members of the band Can), he played on the original recording of Terry Riley’s In C (1968), was part of La Monte Young’s Theatre Of Eternal Music and studied Kiranic singing with Pandit Pran Nath, all of which informed his own instrumental technique and treatment of the trumpet with various electronic effects. A growing interest in the indigenous music of other cultures led to the invention of his ‘Fourth World’ blend of different styles, first heard on albums such as Vernal Equinox and Earthquake Island in the late-1970s. These caught the ear of Brian Eno, who collaborated with Hassell on the Possible Musics album, and used many of the Fourth World ideas on his My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts album with David Byrne. He has played on albums by artists including Talking Heads (the seminal Remain In Light), Peter Gabriel and Bjork, composed film soundtracks and contributed to theatre works. Jon continues to tour and make new music – he is currently collaborating with techno legends Moritz Von Oswald and Carl Craig for a proposed album on Tresor Records.
REMIXES 12” (WASTEP2) versions of City: Works Of Fiction tracks by Bandshell (Hessle Audio/Mute), patten (Warp), No UFO’s (Public Information) and Some Truths (Magic + Dreams)