The inter-disciplinary maverickJohn Duncanemerged in 1970s Los Angeles as a confrontational performance artist and, as the decade progressed, aligned himself with the experimental-music collective Los Angeles Free Music Society. His sound art appeared on various self-released cassettes and alongside artists such as Jim Pomeroy and Yoshi Wada on the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art's influential compilationSound.
Duncan's debut album,Organic, released in a tiny edition on the artist's own AQM imprint in 1979 and distributed through LAFMS, collects some of his earliest and most absorbing noise experiments. Recorded live,Organicis composed of two sidelong pieces: "Broken Promise," a patient, murky dirge featuringDuncanon tape and percussion, plus Michael Le Donne-Bhennet on bassoon; and "Gala," a kinetic, durational percussion piece featuringDuncanalone. The meditations on texture and unpredictability, realized with unconventional and found sounds, anticipate his later work with shortwave radio.
First-time standalone reissue. Limited edition of 500 numbered copies on clear vinyl.