Saturday, March 08, 2008
Ballet Mécanique - The Icecold Waters Of The Egocentric Calculation LP
Ballet Mécanique (named after a project by the American composer George Antheil and the filmaker/artist Fernand Léger) was the first outing of multi-instrumentalist Martin Hall. The album is considered to be a cornerstone of the Danish rock history. They were also one of the most sensational postpunk acts of that time. The group synthesized rock, avantgarde and poetry in an absolutely unheard way, using dancers and films at their concerts to recreate their own surrealistic ecology on stage.
Ballet Mécanique started in the late 70's and released their first record in 1980, A 7" which is almost impossible to find these days. Martin Hall released some tapes of home recordings in between under his own name.
The band released a second album (as Ballet M.) in 1982 and split up.
Martin Hall went on to release more music as Under For, SS-Say and under his own name. The music varies from synthpop, experimental to tribal ambient.
Martin Hall made more music in the 90's and also published books.
for extensive info on Martin Hall, check his website here.
This album with an extra CD of live tracks was released on CBS in 2006 but I can't find it for sale so I think it's out of print as well.
The Icecold Waters Of The Egocentric Calculation LP (CBS-85186-1981)
1. An Attempt Of Interruption