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Emil Beaulieau – Korm 88

Unreleased material from the one and only Emil Beaulieau, rediscovered after more than 30 years in storage.

An entirely chance online interaction with Frans de Waard (Vital Weekly, Korm Plastics, Kapotte Muziek) lead to adhuman acquiring a master tape of unreleased 'Private Performance' extracts recorded in 1988 by Ron Lessard. These tracks were originally submitted to Korm Plastics for inclusion in a series of 7" releases centered around ‘Musique Concrete Composers', but sadly the project was never completed and the recordings have been held in Frans’ archive ever since.

Seemingly inspired by the discovery of this tape, Frans took to further digging, emerging with another cassette - an audio letter from Emil to 'Franz' sent sometime during the same era. If the 'Composer Series' material gives us Emil with his more serious, institutional hat on then the audio letter represents him at his most mischievous and wildly roughshod self. Nothing but Emil kicking back at home with his gear, croaking intermittent greetings, questions and the occasional jibe to Frans amidst a sea of jagged loops, twanged junk and destroyed noise. Raw, hilarious, unedited and joyous, the material was too good to remain private and forms the B side of Korm 88 at both Ron and Frans' suggestion.

Korm 88 is not just a red-hot slice of classic Emil Beaulieau action - it is a document which reveals new context and insights into the early working practices of an artist who is rightly considered a living legend and pioneer of underground noise as we know it.
Adhuman is very happy to release this document from a true personal favourite, inspiration and since 1988 (at least)

AMERICA'S GREATEST LIVING NOISE ARTIST. 

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Music recorded by Ron Lessard, 1988
Cassettes provided by Frans de Waard
'Composer Series' cassette digitised by adhuman
'Audio Letter' cassette digitised by Frans de Waard

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adhuman, 2021