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hfayekay on 04/30/2014 at 02:45PM

"Music for People Who Aren't Afraid of the Moment"

Flyers for Orthotonics & Idio-Savant from the late 70s & 80s. Taken from supplementary PDFs linked in blog post

Direct from Richmond, Virginia, underground label ARTIFACTS/yclept offers a goldmine of early 70s/80s jazz improv & post-punk sounds from related outfits Idio-Savant & Orthotonics.

A pure example of the textural free-jazz inspired sound from the thick of the new wave scene of the 70s & early 80s, Idio-Savant trumpeter Paul Watson described their process being "…like a trance like state or automatic type of playing." (Milwaukee Journal, Dec.1988) Their emotionally driven, form-defying yet maturely crafted improvisations were further lauded by such institutions as the Richmond-Times Dispatch, Cadence Magazine, & Jazz Digest. A few musical configurations later, a version of Idio dubbed "Orthotonics" successfully experimented with steering the stochastic sound into a more melodic direction, complete with post-punky intellectually warped lyrics like "Too Hot to Trotsky."

The FMA is happy to annouce 3 albums from Idio-Savant: Shakers in a Tantrum Landscape ('79), The Alpha Audio Sessions ('79), & Trans-Idio ('81) & 3 more from Orthotonics: Accessible as Gravity ('83), Wake Up You Must Remember ('84), & Luminous Bipeds ('86) now available for your listening & downloading pleasure! PLUS! You would be remiss to forego the wealth of information & graphics in the bonus biographical PDFs provided for both bands bands here (Idio) & here (Ortho).

Stay tuned for more gems from the ARTIFACTS/yclept vault coming to the FMA in the near future! 



blxl on 05/01/14 at 05:44PM
You can hear and/or buy Idio/Ortho alumnus, Paul Watson's new album, "My Secret Effect" here:
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