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Sunday, November 22, 2009

LUCIFER : Exorcism (1971)

Part Two.
From his success with The Zodiac, it seemed everyone wanted to work with Garson and this 'futuristic' new machine, the Moog. So he continued with his Moog-related concept albums. in 1968, he composed music for a takeoff on 'The Wizard of Oz', called "The Wozard Of Id". He followed that with "Electronic Hair Pieces", a synth version of songs from the musical "Hair". He also did the 12-album version of The Zodiac, with each album dedicated to a zodiac sign. In 1970, he did a soundtrack to the cult movie "Didn't You Hear?" with a young Gary Busey.

This track was from the album done under his new pseudonym, Lucifer. Unsurprisingly, the theme of this project was Satanism and black magic, due to the short popularity of 'evil'-inspired bands (e.g. Black Sabbath, Black Widow, Coven, etc).

The music on this track is very still electronic, now foregoing a proper band, and relying completely on the Moog. The piece starts off in 5/8 time with a wild synth solo throughout, but the beat breaks down at 1:20 for some otherworldly sounds from the instrument. At 2:38, the beat kicks back in for more synth noodling. Nothing complex really, but interesting sounds overall.

Song : "Exorcism" by Lucifer
From the album "BLACK MASS" (United Artists) 1971

Mort Garson : composer

Get it here : Exorcism

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