George Harrison said it was too avant-garde. Now Sir Paul says the time has come to release 1967's 'Carnival of Light' For Beatles fans across the world it has gained near mythical status. The 14-minute improvised track called 'Carnival of Light' was recorded in 1967 and played just once in public. It was never released because three of the Fab Four thought it too adventurous.
The track, a jumble of shrieks and psychedelic effects, is said to be as far from the melodic ballads that made Sir Paul McCartney famous as it is possible to imagine. But now McCartney has said that the public will have the chance to judge for themselves.
'It does exist,' McCartney says on a BBC Radio 4 arts programme to be broadcast this week. Talking to John Wilson, the presenter of Front Row, the former Beatle confirms that he still has a master tape of the work and says he suspects that 'the time has come for it to get its moment'.
'I like it because it's the Beatles free, going off piste,' he adds.
In the 40 years since 'Carnival of Light' was recorded by McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon in the Abbey Road studios in London, its collection of disparate rhythms has become a kind of holy grail for Beatles obsessives. The track was put together on 5 January 1967, in between working on the vocals for the song 'Penny Lane'.
Once released it should offer proof that the Fab Four, and McCartney in particular, were much more avant-garde in their tastes than many gave them credit for. According to the few who heard the track on the one occasion the recording was played publicly, at a London music festival in 1967, it features the sound of gargled water and strangled shouts from Lennon which vie with church organs and distorted guitar.
'We were set up in the studio and would just go in every day and record,' McCartney tells Wilson. 'I said to the guys, this is a bit indulgent but would you mind giving me 10 minutes? I've been asked to do this thing. All I want you to do is just wander round all of the stuff and bang it, shout, play it. It doesn't need to make any sense. Hit a drum, wander to the piano, hit a few notes ... and then we put a bit of echo on it. It's very free.'
McCartney had been commissioned to create a piece for an electronic music festival at the Roundhouse Theatre in north London by his friend Barry Miles. The event, the Million Volt Light and Sound Rave, was organised by International Times, an underground newspaper. Many in the audience had no idea they were listening to a new Beatles track. Other performers included Delia Derbyshire whose work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop included jointly creating the theme for Doctor Who.
McCartney, who this month releases his third experimental album of new work under the alias the Fireman, regards 'Carnival of Light' as evidence of how musically adventurous he has always been. For the three other Beatles the track was just an oddity. George Harrison dismissed it as too weird. But McCartney is hopeful it can now be released with the agreement of the group's estate.
'It will help reaffirm McCartney's claim to have been the most musically adventurous of all the Beatles,' said Wilson this weekend. 'He told me he would love to release the track. All he needs now is the blessing of Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and George Harrison's widow Olivia.'
The piece was inspired, McCartney says, by the works of composers John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In his book Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, author Mark Lewisohn - who was played the track in 1987 - describes 'distorted, hypnotic drum and organ sounds, a distorted lead guitar, the sound of a church organ, various effects (water gargling was one) and, perhaps most intimidating of all, Lennon and McCartney screaming and bawling random phrases including "Are you all right?" and '"Barcelona!".'
Beatles fans came close to hearing 'Carnival Of Light' in 1996 when it was considered for inclusion in the exhaustive Anthology compilation. 'We were listening to everything we'd every recorded,' McCartney says. 'I said it would be great to put this on because it would show we were working with really avant-garde stuff ... But it was vetoed. The guys didn't like the idea, like "this is rubbish".'
McCartney revealed that George Harrison disparaged sonic experimentation as 'avant-garde a clue'.
Sir George Martin, the Beatles producer who oversaw the track, has described it as 'one of those weird things'. 'It was a kind of uncomposed, free-for-all melange of sound that went on. It was not considered worthy of issuing as a normal piece of Beatles music at the time and was put away.'
Coincidentally, McCartney played some of his Fireman compositions at the reopened Roundhouse venue last year during the Electric Proms. 'With the Fireman you're in disguise,' he told Observer Music Monthly. His pseudonym may have been taken from the lyric of 'Penny Lane' where a fireman 'rushes in from the pouring rain' and could also be a nod to his father, Jim McCartney, a firewatcher on the Liverpool docks in the Second World War.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ John Wilson's interview with Paul McCartney can be heard on Front Row, Radio 4, on Thursday
Ã‚Â· This article was amended on November 23 2008. The article above neglected to mention that The Beatles track 'Carnival of Light' was first played publicly at the Million Volt Light and Sound Rave (also known as the Festival of Light) at the Roundhouse, north London, in January 1967, an event organised by Binder, Edwards & Vaughan, who also commissioned the music. Barry Miles and the International Times arranged the Technicolour Dream which took place some two months later at Alexandra Palace.
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Posted my little welcome blog and a brief mission statement of what I'm trying to do. This is going to be where I'll post rantings about what I've been researching, etc. I'll post it here and to the myspace as well, but I'd really love to build a dialogue with people on the site too. Check it out and please feel free to post comments.
Welcome to the home of the Art of Chris Kaplan. My mission is to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of a conscious evolution in consciousness. What that means, is that the vibrations of life have brought us to a pivotal crossroads for our species and its role on the Earth. Through tremendous conflict, which is the seed of change, we are beginning to awaken to this task, and little by little we are spreading the light. We now know that we have a choice to take responsibility and decide to evolve into this new role, creating a global community that thrives on diversity based upon the notion of a unified one. We are all individual travelers on our own journeys and therefore our goal can be to ease the burden by aiding our fellow man and all other beings that share our home and plane of existence.
We all must be true to our selves and follow our hearts pursuit in order for us to awaken to our individual tasks. Never let fear overwhelm your sight and prevent you from evolving to your own bliss. This requires you to be steadfast and ever vigilant in nurturing the light of your heart so its energy can be a beacon to all others.
Well, gotta get ready for the show tonight, the band I'm doing album artwork for is headlining the Stone Pony tonight and I'll be displaying that on going panel piece for them. Take it easy, will talk to you guys soon.
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JAKARTA, Indonesia Ã¢â‚¬" A funky, psychedelic fish that bounces on the ocean floor like a rubber ball has been classified as a new species, a scientific journal reported. The frogfish Ã¢â‚¬' which has a swirl of tan and peach zebra stripes that extend from its aqua eyes to its tail Ã¢â‚¬' was initially discovered by scuba diving instructors working for a tour operator a year ago in shallow waters off Ambon island in eastern Indonesia.
The operator contacted Ted Pietsch, lead author of a paper published in this month's edition of Copeia, the journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, who submitted DNA work identifying it as a new species.
The fish Ã¢â‚¬' which the University of Washington professor has named "psychedelica" Ã¢â‚¬' is a member of the antennariid genus, Histiophryne, and like other frogfish, has fins on both sides of its body that have evolved to be leg-like.
But it has several behavioral traits not previously known to the others, Pietsch wrote.
Each time the fish strike the seabed, for instance, they push off with their fins and expel water from tiny gill openings to jet themselves forward. That, and an off-centered tail, causes them to bounce around in a bizarre, chaotic manner.
Mark Erdman, a senior adviser to the Conservation International's marine program, said Thursday it was an exciting discovery.
"I think people thought frogfishes were relatively well known and to get a new one like this is really quiet spectacular. ... It's a stunning animal," he said, adding that the fish's stripes were probably intended to mimic coral.
"It also speaks to the tremendous diversity in this region and to fact that there are still a lot of unknowns here Ã¢â‚¬' in Indonesia and in the Coral Triangle in general."
The fish, which has a gelatinous fist-sized body covered with thick folds of skin that protect it from sharp-edged corals, also has a flat face with eyes directed forward, like humans, and a huge, yawning mouth.
10 years agoBrakus
Got some new February drawings done including a gatefold for the upcoming Sophomore.Peacock EP. Check out there tunes and get cheered up for the rush to Spring. Be sure to check out their tunes Sophomore.Peacock
Don't forget to check out ShottyMike and the MadHeads.For all those in NYC come out and see them live at Uncle Mike's in Tribeca this Friday night. Come get a sampling of their upcoming Live at the Snake album due to be released this Spring.
After two weeks of great Canadian music thanks to Mother Mother and Sam Roberts, I am recharged and ready to translate more transmissions from Sonicopia for you all.
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Kings and sons of god
Traveled on their way from here
Came in restless mobs
easing all of their, all of their fear
The statue in the square
meant so much when it first stood
people come from far and near
bless them if, bless them if it would
Sadie, dry your tears
I will be the one
to pull you through the mere
before you come, before you come undone
-The Black Keys
Holy Gamma Ray Batman
Xibalba! Hi Atlantis? I wonder if the dimensions creates a perfect rectangle, good ol' golden ratio, makes sense about position with contact in Egypt.
Going to work on the second section of the panel soon. Last nights show in the Village went disastrously wrong, the display panel I was bring (back drop, no artwork on it yet) snapped off and blew away on the turnpike, lol.
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Time for an official update I suppose ( that means a relatively long one, but lets see how far I get)
First and for most a special thanks to Stalker, my old college roommate, for making it out to Roots into Roots at the Crossroads two weeks ago, it was great seeing you buddy and we'll definitely have to get together soon for some Jager and Tequila.
Secondly, Roots into Roots. I went into the show with reservations, mainly with who was hosting the event, since the spoken word artist Ricardo is back at West he was not present to be hosting, so another performer Jon Gambino (doesn't that spell douche?) would be carrying the mantel, so I wanted to see if he got the ideology of what Roots into Roots truly was, bring a global community together through the arts as the tool of communication. He turned it into the Jon show, horrible exploiting the nature of the show.
The good news is that the owner of the venue, loves my stuff, and approached me about putting a psychedelic show together (that's when I looked to the heavens and thanked the flying spaghetti monster). Fast track to a week later, had my meeting with the owner, pitched him my idea for 4/20. Mission accomplished, myself and Dan, the manager of ShottyMike and the MadHeads, are putting together our own show, going to make it G/A have a black light psychedelic pit, and we get to choose the bands and artists. Going to rock!
Thirdly, my good friend has been recording his EP, when I told him I'm holding a slot for him on the show, it really put a fire under is bum and things are going kick ass and I think he'll have a band ready by that date, which is terrific because he's truly brilliant and I really feel he just needs that start to get everything rolling for him, it's going to be terrific getting my friends together to jam at a venue!!!!
Here is the first single by Sophomore.Peacock Concede
And tonight, I go to see Sam Robets at the Bowery in NYC! Sam Roberts
*Oh yea, the douche approached me to do another show at the venue for him in March, too soon to work with him again haha, plus I'm not ready to tell him about the 4/20 show that I wont be asking him to attend, let alone perform. Glad to hear he's not using Roots into Roots with this one.
10 years agoBrakus
Sorry I haven't posted in a while, been extremely busy will update you all on that soon, been having disasterous computer problems so can't get on as much. Will have offical update soon.
For now, the website is finally up, still somethings I need to update, but this is good enough for now.
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Roots into Roots
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Arts at the coreÃ¢â‚¬Â
Featuring the Art of Chris Kaplan
Roots into Roots began on the West coast and through a series of life changing events, made its way across the country. It started with a simple idea: to combine art, music, and poetry into a single, unified event. Picture the elements: A featured visual artist's work is displayed throughout the venue. Musical acts are dynamically fit together to meet the vibe of the night. Poets present spoken word, and a guest MC hosts the event. If you're reading this, you're invited to take part in this combining of forces and talents. You don't have to settle for the superficial mainstream anymore. My vision is to connect, unite, and build a force that is so undeniably good and real that not one will be able to ignore it. Help me share this vision and change the world.
78 North Ave
Garwood, NJ 07027
Doors open @ 8pm
Any questions call: 732-983-1606
Thursday February 5th, 2009
Fox News is so damn humorous
Oh there was an open slot for Roots into Roots so I was able to get the band in to play, this is going to be fun! Oh and the guy who's hosting it wrote that up, I would have talked about spiraling to infinity through quasars and black holes evolving consciousness through smurf filled bongs
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