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The Langley Schools Music Project


The Langley Colleges Music Project isn’t so much an organization because the name that served as an umbrella for two super-obscure, privately pressed LPs by Canadian elementary school students within the mid-’70s. The recordings had been supervised and organized by Hans Fenger, a Vancouver musician who experienced used a post teaching music in primary schools within the rural section of Langley, English Columbia. Fenger got a then-radical (and still-radical) method of music instructions that emphasized involvement and pop tracks the kids loved. A lot more radically, he documented his learners on several albums, pressed in incredibly small amounts for performers, parents, classmates, and faculty (just 300 had been pressed from the initial LP). Documented on two-track within a fitness center, these feature around 50-strong sets of primary school children performing, usually jointly (you can find occasional single spotlights), pop/rock and roll songs from the ’60s and ’70s like “Great Vibrations,” “Music group away from home,” and “Desperado.” These were associated with minimal instrumentation, including cymbals, xylophones, metallophones, one open-tuned string of a power bass, and Fenger’s very own acoustic rhythm electric guitar and piano. It had been all designed to purchase for eventual rediscovery by “extremely strange music” enthusiasts, needless to say. Irwin Chusid, writer of Tracks in the main element of Z, was the excellent power behind its 2001 Compact disc reissue on Club/None. As the record gets the amateurish guilelessness you might expect provided the circumstances, it can boast some really odd preparations, with cavernous reverb, sloppy cymbal accidents, and spooky dabs of xylophone. The bizarre reading of “Space Oddity,” using its apocalyptic slides and over-tremoloed electric guitar, is really a highlight. In the first 21st hundred years, its cult pursuing had fascinated listeners how the 150 roughly school kids who participated in these recordings might have scarcely dreamed, with John Zorn, David Bowie, Richard Carpenter, and Penn Jillette all praising the record.

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Music Songs Desperado, Good Vibrations, Space Oddity, Band on the Run, The Long and Winding Road, Help Me, Rhonda, Mandy, I'm Into Something Good, To Know Him Is to Love Him, Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft, Venus and Mars / Rock Show, You're So Good to Me, Sweet Caroline, God Only Knows, Saturday Night, I Get Around, Rhiannon, You're Sixteen, Wildfire, In My Room, Little Deuce Coupe, Jean Baltazaarrr / Space Oddity
Albums Innocence & Despair

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