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2014年にこの世を去ったOZ前衛音楽/アンビエント作家SAM MALLETの自主制作カセットから未完成曲に及ぶ膨大なアーカイブから編集したベスト盤!ジャズ〜プログレ〜ワールド、幅広いジャンルを探求、そして精神を冒すまでに創造に没頭した孤高の作曲家。ENO以降のミニマル手法と、鮮やかなメロディセンスによるオリジナリティ。

VISIBLE CLOAKSのリリースでお馴染みの〈MUSIQUE PLASTIQUE〉によるコンパイルワーク!〈BEDROOM SUCK RECORDS〉が昨年発表したOZ/NZアンビエントと実験音楽コンピ「Midday Moon」にも収録され話題となったSAM MALLETにフィーチャー。ENO、JON HASSELL、ARVOPÄRT、JOHN COLTRANE、ROBERT FRIPPらのスタイルを研究。ミニマル手法を始め巨匠らの影響を受けながらも、メロディックな電子音操作、カラフルな打楽器、サックス等うオーガニックインスツルメントの介入から感じる圧倒的オリジナリティ。それは実験音楽でありながサウンドトラックとしても機能するまでに。フランス文学教授として地位を捨て自らの音楽に専念することに生涯を捧げることを決意、そして制作による患う精神病、そのパーソナルな表現に心打たれます。推薦! (Akie)

▼ Tracklisting

A1. Javanese sample
A2. Tropics sample
A3. Building And Wind Corridors sample
A4. Skateboard Terrains sample
A5. Amber sample
B1. Holiday On The River Yarra sample
B2. Sun Glints On The Ocean sample
B3. Up There Down Here sample
B4. Marine Life sample
B5. 40 Day Desert Voodoo sample

Sam went into an almost psychotic state when making music. He wasn’t himself. He was immersed in the creativity to such an extent that it was almost like a psychotic trance. Here’s an example. He found all this giant kelp down at Western Port bay and he would bathe himself in it for weeks. He would replenish the water and put salt in the bath, but leave the kelp in there. I used to ask Julie, his partner and wife, “How’s everything going?” and she’d say, “Just go and have a look at the bath.” - Tony Rogers

Sam Mallet could have pursued a career as a French literature professor in Paris, but decided his true calling was to remain in Australia, dedicate himself to his music and find the plateau; a word he used to describe the sensory worlds residing in music. Under the influence of Eno, Jon Hassell, Arvo Pärt, John Coltrane and Robert Fripp, Sam explored a wide variety of musical styles and put them to service soundtracking the time based works of his peers. He crafted spatial ambience, somber jazz, and drum computer driven rockers for short films and experimental video works, television shows (including the original Australian Wilfred series), feature films and live theatre. The avant garde Anthill Theatre, known for its departure from conventional staging practices and having a keen eye for talent, enlisted Mallet to provide soundtracks for approximately 40 productions throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

Sadly, Sam passed away in 2014. A crucial piece of his legacy is undoubtedly the body of work he produced during his life, and the archive of recorded works is vast and deep. Sam seemingly saved everything, from fragments to finished pieces; and often repurposed previously released tracks by collaging them into new pieces. He self released a small number of cassettes and CDs from the mid 1980s onward, the contents of which were culled from soundtrack work and original pieces, but the majority of his music was experienced only within the ephemeral live performances.

Wetlands is the product of countless hours spent with this archive by Rowan Mason (Sanpo Disco/Recurring Dream) and Tony Remple (Musique Plastique), offering a dynamic survey of Sam’s work, and housed in a jacket evoking the minimal design and colour palette of his earliest cassette releases. Two selections of Sam Mallet’s music were featured on the compilation Midday Moon (also produced by Rowan), released last year by Bedroom Suck Records. Along with Left Ear Records’ Antipodean Anomalies, Midday Moon has served to highlight outlier musics and scenes from Australia and New Zealand, and Wetlands plunges deeper into the catalog of this obscure yet groundbreaking artist.

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