This Just In: Visions Of Dune

This week I initially planned on featuring the new Soul Jazz comp, No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds Of The Northwest Grunge Era 1986-97 (definitely worth checking out), but changed my mind upon hearing Z’s (AKA Bernard Szanjer’s) Visions Of Dune. Vintage electronic music/modular synth/sci-fi heads take note – holy shit, this thing is massive! The reissue label describes it as in “ignored masterpiece,” which is not a bloated statement at all. How this piece hasn’t been perpetually in print through a major electronic music imprint is beyond me. 2 seconds in and you’re transported elsewhere for the entire duration of the work. Take a listen to a “minimix” of the album below, then buy the record and trip out on Szanjer’s brilliant vision(s).

Bernard Szajner – Visions of Dune LP:
Listen: Visions Of Dune (Andy Votel Minimix)

Visions of Dune, an Ignored Masterpiece

Visions of Dune is a powerful, mystical, nearly cinematic disc. In a genre that might be superficially compared to Ambient Music, it ultimately offers far more grain to hold onto than the original canons of the ambient school defined by Brian Eno, for example, require.

Droning, electro-acoustic psychedelicism, at times close to certain compositions of atonal music, Visions of Dune is akin to the Industrial music of The Age of Crystal with its biomechanical popping, it’s electrical stridence, undulations and profound vibrations. The disc is an electronic meditation and a springboard for the imagination.

All this is in Visions of Dune, and much more. Its different movements, a dozen in all, evoke an imaginary world, buried beneath a thick layer of digital silica which suddenly bursts into full sunlight.

A devastated planet. Unknown creatures. An enigmatic language. A people who are, in the end, mysterious, as are their myths and rituals. This is the strength of which we speak of in Bernard Szajner’s Visions of Dune, that of images created by the mind. For in music, even more than in other artistic disciplines, what is important depends on the power to reveal or to subjugate. The rest is simply talk.

Note that two lost pieces have been found and have been added to the original album as bonus tracks. ‘Spice’ and ‘The Duke’ were created at the same time as the album, but were left off because Pathé Marconi EMI considered them to be ‘too futuristic.’ After years spent in relative obscurity, it is time for the best-kept secret of the French underground to leave its protective shadow and finally appear in the full light of day.” -InFine Music

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Visions of new releases, reissues & restocks…
Atoms For Peace – Amok LP
Badbadnotgood – III LP
Bauhaus – Crackle 2LP
Beatles – s/t LP, Beatles for Sale LP, Beatles in Mono LP Box Set, Hard Days Night LP, Help LP, Magical Mystery Tour LP Please Please Me LP, Revolver LP, Rubber Soul LP, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP, With the Beatles LP (ALL MONO).*
Billy Childish & Holly Golightly – In Blood LP*
Black Keys – Attack + Release LP, Rubber Factory LP, The Big Come Up LP, Turn Blue LP
Blonde Redhead – Barragan LP*
Burial – s/t 2LP
Busdriver – Perfect Hair CD
Can – Ege Bamyasi LP, Tago Mago LP
Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis LP
Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll LP, Heaven or Las Vegas LP*
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose LP
DJ Rashad – Double Cup 2LP
Donny Hathaway – Extension Of A Man LP*
Earth – Primitive + Deadly 2LP
FKA Twigs – EP2 12”, LP1 LP
Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here LP
God Help the Girl – OST LP
Grimes – Visions LP
Grizzly Bear – Shields 2LP
Gun Club – Miami LP*
Herbie Hancock – Speak Like a Child LP
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – You Can’t Buy a Gun When You’re Crying LP*
Interpol – El Pintor LP*, CD*
Jack White – Lazaretto Ultra LP
Jamie xx – All Under One Roof Raving 12”*
Jon McCallum – Surf Nazis Must Die OST LP
Jungle – s/t LP
Karen O – Crush Songs LP*, CD*
King Buzzo – This Machine Kills Artists LP
Lemonade – Minus Tide LP*
Lou Donaldson – Lush Life LP
Madlib – Shades of Blue LP
Music Blues – Things Haven’t Gone Well LP
National – Trouble Will Find Me LP
Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics – Jaiyede Afro 2LP*
Outkast – Aquemini 2LP, Atliens 2LP
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain LP, Slanted & Enchanted LP
Pearl Jam – Ten 2LP
Phantogram – Eyelid Movies LP
Pixies – Come on Pilgrim LP, Doolittle LP
Prodigy – Fat Of The Land 2LP, Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005 2LP
Queen – Live at the Rainbow 2LP*
Ratatat – LP4 LP
Rentals – Lost in Alphaville LP*
Russian Circles – Memorial LP
Robert Plant – Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar 2LP*, CD*
Ryan Adams – s/t LP*
St. Vincent – Marry Me LP, Strange Mercy LP
Savages – Silence Yourself LP
Thelonious Monk – Unique LP
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time LP
Tool – Opiate LP, Undertow LP
Tricky – Adrian Thaws 2LP+CD*
Vampire Weekend – Contra LP, Modern Vampires of the City LP
V/A Soul Jazz Records – Chicago Soul 2LP, Miami Sound CD, No Seattle Vol. 1 2LP*, No Seattle Vol. 2 2LP*, No Seattle 2CD*, Studio One Dancehall LP, Studio One Rocksteady 2LP, Studio One Ska Fever! 2LP, Studio One Women 2LP
William Onyeabor – What?! CD*
xx – Coexist, s/t LP
Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue

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