Pre-Scratch Orchestra Ensemble formed by / for the occasion of the four day 'Music Now' event at the Roundhouse, 1969. The motley crew perform Eddie Prévost's 'composition' 'Silver Pyramid'. Ensemble definitely features the AMM usual suspects, Cornelius Cardew, Howard Skempton, Hugh Davies and many others, but as for who is responsible for what is conceivably the sound of a door being ripped off its hinges and a fire engine, nobody knows. Is that LaMonte Young doing some sort of drone? Is that Cardew on a penny whistle? Why is the Roundhouse no longer a psychedelic engine room?
Music Now Ensemble / a lot of sound producing objects
Recorded at The Roundhouse, London as part of a Music Now Festival on 4 May 1969. Front cover by Keith Rowe.
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Eddie Prévost plays with immense fire, grace and invention. Founder of the essential AMM, collaborator of the greatest improvisers internationally, since the 60's he has kept a continuous contact with the scene and always manages to invent anew his contribution to "meta-music".
“Prévost's free drumming flows superbly making use of his formidable technique. It’s as though there has never been an Elvin Jones or Max Roach.” - Melody Maker
“Relentlessly innovative yet full of swing and fire.” – Morning Star