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Metalanguage discography

This is a discography of albums released on the Metalanguage label.

The label, which was based in Berkeley, CA, was setup by Henry Kaiser and Larry Ochs in 1978.




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Metalanguage LPs

Cinema Rovaté, Rova Saxophone Quartet, 1978, Metalanguage ML 101

Tracks : New Sheets, Trobar Clus #1, Trobar Clus #2, Ride Upon the Belly of the Waters, Building Your Boats To Carry All

Musicians : Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Andrew Voigt, Bruce Ackley

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Protocol, Henry Kaiser / Andrea Centazzo / Toshinori Kondo, 1979, Metalanguage ML 102

Tracks : Kondo-Kaiser Duo: Improvisation 102a / Improvisation 102b / Improvisation 102c /Improvisation 102d / Improvisation 102e / Improvisation 102f / Improvisation 102g, Centazzo-Kaiser Duo: Improvisation 102z / Improvisation 102y / Improvisation 102x / Improvisation 102w / Improvisation 102v

Musicians : Henry Kaiser, Andrea Centazzo, Toshinori Kondo

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No album identified, Metalanguage ML 103

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Abracadabra, Evan Parker / Greg Goodman, 1979, Metalanguage ML 104

Tracks : Aftercadabra, Abracadaver, The Fly-Hog Replied With A Lisp

Musicians : Evan Parker, Greg Goodman

Recorded live in Berkeley on November 1 & 2, 1978. Reissued on Beak Doctor. Cover image shown is Beak Doctor release - uncertain if original Metalanguage LP had same cover.

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Daredevils, Rova Saxophone Quartet, 1979, Metalanguage ML 105

Tracks : Daredevils, Kol Nidre, Zaum, Mal Qué Arroz

Musicians : Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Andrew Voigt, Bruce Ackley, Henry Kaiser

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The Removal of Secrecy, Rova Saxophone Quartet, 1979, Metalanguage ML 106

Tracks : That's How Strong, Carmen, 3x60° EACh, Druids, The Removal Of Secrecy, Trobar Clus #3

Musicians : Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Andrew Voigt, Bruce Ackley

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With Friends Like These, Fred Frith / Henry Kaiser, 1979, Metalanguage ML 107

Tracks : It Moves ..., The Changing Of Names, It Sings, Believing What We Read, ...But Does It Swing?, Twisted Memories Give Way To The Angry Present, Black Glass, Third Rail, Three Languages

Musicians : Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser

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If Looks Could Kill, Jim French With Diamánda Galás And Henry Kaiser, 1979, Metalanguage ML 108

Tracks : Pibcornponia, Lament, Saltarello, The Human Fancier's Delight, Nobody Knows You, The Maple Leaf Rag, Infrapolatia, Wolftraum, Looks Could Kill, Envelope Please, Horses In Trouble, Flag Day, Having A Party, Pillow Talk

Musicians : Jim French, Diamánda Galás (tracks 9 to 14), Henry Kaiser (tracks 9 to 14)

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Aloha, Henry Kaiser, 1980, Metalanguage ML 109

Tracks : The Shadow Line, What The Dead Men Say, Christmas On Bear Mountain, 945, The Empty Set, Twenty-Four Eyes, The Invisible Hand, Joaquin Miller, Aloha Gamera, Lynn's Mad Money, Aloha Slack Key, The Book Of Joel, Pale Flower, Future Blues/The Jinx Blues

Musicians : Henry Kaiser, Greg Goodman (track 13), Bob Adams (tracks 11 & 12), Erling Wold (tracks 10 & 11), Scott Colby (track 14), Bob Adams (track 11), John French (track 13)

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At The Finger Palace, Evan Parker, 1980, Metalanguage ML 110

Tracks : Part 1: Fingerprints, Part 2: Fingerprints

Musicians : Evan Parker

Recorded live at Woody Woodman's Finger Palace in Berkeley on November 2, 1978.

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Outside Pleasure, Henry Kaiser, 1980, Metalanguage ML 111

Tracks : Outside Pleasure, Punctual As Actual, The Farmer In Heaven, The Stormy Present, An Economy Of Scale, Aquirax Aida, Information Mechanics, The Blood At The Back Of The Harp (For Davey Williams)

Musicians : Henry Kaiser

Recorded live at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco and Woody Woodman's Finger Palace, Berkeley in August 1979.

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No album identified, Metalanguage ML 112

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The Construction Of Ruins: The Australian Site, Greg Goodman, 1982, Metalanguage ML 113

Tracks : The Nullabor Is Not Flat, U-Dag, Dingos In Quest, Notes

Musicians : Greg Goodman, Henry Kaiser (tracks 2 & 3), Jon Rose (trsck 3)

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Views From 6 Windows, Derek Bailey & Christine Jeffrey, 1981, Metalanguage ML 114

Tracks : Here Today....., One Old One, Nothing Last Like The Makeshift, One Young One, Two Part Pier, For A Day Or A Stay, Adrienne, What Now?

Musicians : Derek Bailey, Christine Jeffrey

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No album identified, Metalanguage ML 115

(The number was possibly intended for a John Zorn album that was not released)

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The Social Set: Metalanguage Festival Of Improvised Music 1980, Volume 1, Bruce Ackley, Greg Goodman, Henry Kaiser, Toshinori Kondo, Larry Ochs, Evan Parker, Jon Raskin, Andrew Voigt, 1981, Metalanguage ML 116

Tracks : The Social Set, Part 1, The Social Set, Part 2

Musicians : Bruce Ackley, Greg Goodman, Henry Kaiser, Toshinori Kondo, Larry Ochs, Evan Parker, Jon Raskin, Andrew Voigt

Recorded live at the Metalanguage Festival Of Improvised Music at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on October 21, 1980.

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The Science Set: Metalanguage Festival Of Improvised Music 1980, Volume 2, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Henry Kaiser, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Greg Goodman, Toshinori Kondo, Andrew Voigt, 1981, Metalanguage ML 117

Tracks : Trobar Clus #6, Druids, Narrow Are The Vessels

Musicians : Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Henry Kaiser, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Greg Goodman, Toshinori Kondo, Andrew Voigt

Recorded live at the Metalanguage Festival Of Improvised Music at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on October 21, 1980.

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As Was, Rova Saxophone Quartet, 1981, Metalanguage ML 118

Tracks : Quill (For Valda Setterfield), Escape From Zero Village (For Ted Greenwald), Under The Street Where You Live (For Albert Ayler), Paint Another Take Of Shootpop (For Olivier Messiaen And Otis Redding), Daredevils (For Mr. Kite)

Musicians : Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Andrew Voigt, Bruce Ackley

Reissued on CD by Atavistic in 2000.

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Diamanda Galas, Diamanda Galas, 1984, Metalanguage ML 119

Tracks : Panoptikon, Tragouthia Apo To Aima Exoun Fonos

Musicians include: Diamanda Galas

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No album identified, Metalanguage ML 120

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Like A Breath, Trio Improvvisazione, 1984, Metalanguage ML 121

Tracks : Birth & Action, To Play Howling, Second Page, [Like A Breath]

Musicians : Adriano Mondini, Marco Canepa, Guido Bresaola

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Halfmoon, Ustan Ali Akbar Khan, 1984, Metalanguage ML 122

Tracks : Rag Chhayanat Alap, Rag Malashri Gat

Musicians : Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri, Geoffrey Lipner, Jane Rockwood, Terrance Pease

Track 1 recorded on July 23, 1982 in Halfmoon Bay, California and tracks 2 recorded on September 19, 1982 in San Francisco.

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Who Needs Enemies?, Henry Kaiser And Fred Frith, 1984, Metalanguage ML 123

Tracks : Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues, The Golden Eighties, Everyday Objects, The Kirghiz Light, Special Rider Blues, One Of Nature's Mistakes, Roy Rogers, The Confession, Objects Everyday, Wool And Water, The Trace

Musicians : Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith

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It's A Wonderful Life, Henry Kaiser, 1984, Metalanguage ML 124

Tracks : It's A Wonderful Life, Let's Drink 100% Healthy Milk And Study Hard!, The Book Of Gold, Ear Trouble

Musicians : Henry Kaiser

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Metalanguage CDs

Especially The Traveller Tomorrow, What We Live, 2002, Metalanguage MLX 2002

Tracks : As Yet Unknown, Spelled Backwards, Xanic Rides, Especially The Traveller Tomorrow

Musicians : Lawrence Ochs, Lisle Ellis, Don Robinson

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The Mirror World (For Stan Brakhage), Larry Ochs / Rova Special Sextet / Orkestrova, 2007, Metalanguage MLX 2007

Tracks : Realization 1: Hand: The Marks / Palm / Fable / That Hunts / Full House / 14 Fingers / Itself Now Corresponding To Sand, Realization 2: Wall: Hit / Hung / Radar / Sonor / Pulsar / Screen / Reflector / Ruin / Omens / Wall

Musicians : Realization 1: Larry Ochs, Darren Johnston, David Bithell, Toyoji Tomita, Jen Baker, Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Jon Raskin, Ben Goldberg, John Schott, Joan Jeanrenaud, Theresa Wong, Lisle Ellis, Tim Perkis, Matt Wright, William Winant, Gino Robair, Moe! Staiano / Realization 2: Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Gino Robair, William Winant

A limited edition double CD of two realizations of the Larry Ochs composition The Mirror World (for Stan Brakhage). The pieces were recorded live at Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on June 10 & 11, 2005.

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The Receiving Surfaces, Rova : Zorn, 2011, Metalanguage ML 2011

Tracks : Arc Fuse 1, Helicoid, Saddle Scroll Song, Arc Fuse 2

Musicians : Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, John Zorn

A limited edition vinyl only release. Recorded live at Yoshi's in San Francisco on August 28, 2010.

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The Sybil's Whisper, Kihnoua, 2012, Metalanguage ML 2012

Tracks : Flutter, Grip Bone, Erase The Sky, ...In Progress...

Musicians : Larry Ochs, Wilbert De Joode, Scott Amendola, Dohee Lee

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