EMERALD WEB - THE STARGATE TAPES (2LP)

EMERALD WEB - THE STARGATE TAPES (2LP)

LP (12"/10" Album)

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Label: FINDERS KEEPERS

Release date: 25/11/2013

Barcode: 5060099505058

Catalog no.: FKRLP0000068

Item ID: 394881

Sharing social circles and spiritual ideologies with artists
such as Iasos, Connie Demby and Deuter, whilst splitting label
release schedules with Laraaji, Laurie Spiegel and Wendy
Carlos, the unique Florida raised soul mate duo known as
Emerald Web released their privately pressed debut LP at an
axis where post-prog rock met proto-new age and ambient
electronic music. At the turn of the 1980s Bob Stohl and Kat
Epple embarked on a ten-year spiritual journey playing at
planetariums and laser shows above the same Californian silicon
city that devised the early computer music software, unifying their state of the art modular synth soundscapes and organic
compositions of flutes, bells and field recordings and
furnishing a self-pressed cassette tapeography of inimitable
Emerald Web music for their self-funded Stargate label. Having
first communicated via the medium of music as flute players at
a South Florida jam session the future space music luminaries
would be instru- mental in assisting synthesiser companies via
feedback and consultancy in developing instruments such as the
Lyricon wind synth (favoured by Suzanne Ciani and Bruno
Spoerri) and various sponsored machines for Arp, Buchla, EML, Computone and Orchestron. Named after a laser show formation
and combining influences from science fiction films, fantasy
novels and a broad musical spectrum including Tangerine Dream,
Vangelis, It's A Beautiful Day and Goro Yamaguchi, Bob and Kat
would balance day jobs as synth programmers as well as TV and
film soundtrackers under the moniker BobKat Productions
(counting microscope nature documentarian Carl Sagan amongst
their clients) with evening synthesiser shows at galleries,
spiritual centres and even punk clubs. This compilation album
comprises early tracks from Emerald Web's debut vinyl release and the following four rare cassette only albums on Stargate
Records from 1979-1982, before the band recorded their
bestselling (and Grammy nominated) albums for labels affiliated
with Germany's Kuckuck and Larry Fast before Bob Stohl's sad
and untimely death in 1989. Taken from original master tapes
and recorded using revolutionary and prototypal music
technology many of these tracks have never been on vinyl or CD
until now. Finders Keepers are proud to have worked closely
alongside Kat Epple as part of an ongoing Emerald Web/BobKat
archival project making these important early electronic/organic musical hybrids available for fans of
ambient krautrock, electronic soundtracks, musique concrete,
electro and PINA enthusiasts alike. Welcome To The Valley Of
The Birds.

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