Homage To Morgan Fisher’s “Miniatures” To Be Out

It might be difficult for a regular aficionado to imagine yet connoisseurs never had any doubt that Morgan Fisher‘s “Miniatures” concept – realized with the help of like-minded, adventurous spirits, such as Robert Wyatt, back in 1980 – would be influential four decades on. Far removed from what the keyboard player did in MOTT THE HOOPLE and even the prog-oriented MORGAN, the album’s whopping 113 tracks, and its second volume, all extremely short, can’t help but still impress the listener. Among his listeners have been Alan Davies, Barry Lamb and William Hayter who, in lockdown and all, came up with a tribute project called “Miniatures 2020” where one-minute pieces are delivered by a good hundred of artists – from virtually unknown, if utterly remarkable, to luminaries like VDGG’s David Jackson and CURVED AIR’s Sonja Kristina, HENRY COW’s John Greaves and CARAVAN’s Geoffrey Richardson – two keepers of the Canterbury vibe, Dylan Howe and THE RESIDENTS, the last collective a participant on the original LP.

VARIOUS ARTISTS –
Miniatures 2020

Planned for the beginning of February, this double album – not the easiest, if surely absorbing, listening and a truly brilliant achievement – has all the chances to become one of the most interesting releases of 2021.

CD1:
00:00:02 Bendle & Dean “Speedwell” Brodrick – I Am Sitting In A Womb
00:01:02 GARY CLAIL SOUNDSYSTEM – Divide Dub
00:02:16 David Jackson – Still Spinning
00:03:16 Sonja Kristina & Robert Norton – Dead Violin
00:04:16 Kevin Hewick – Ego Death In Apple World
00:05:16 David Cunningham – Speak Not Speak
00:06:16 IHRSAN – Spaceman Spiff (Spiffing Version)
00:07:16 Big Al Davies – As I Live
00:08:18 Phil Doleman – A Minute Lasts Forever When You’re Waiting For The Man
00:09:17 Martin Newell – Love You For A Minute
00:10:17 David Thomas – Wig Alley
00:11:18 Albie Donneley’s SUPERCHARGE – Eve
00:12:18 HALF JAPANESE and Dot Wiggin – I’m Henry The Viii I Am
00:13:18 RAPOON – The Size Of My Shoes
00:14:11 Chris Cutler – 04:05:09
00:15:09 ALAHUTA – L’adieu Au Cerf
00:16:13 JADED TEA TIME ORCHESTRA – The Dentist
00:17:13 Rosie Abbott – Be The Weather
00:18:13 POMPADOUR – The Ways It Goes Wrong
00:19:10 Lobby Lud & THE LUDDITES – Hoist The Gin Pennant
00:20:13 Side Break
00:20:24 Sherwood & Pinch – Stowaway
00:21:22 Attila The Stockbroker – Mountaineering In Belgium
00:22:18 Ric Sanders – Angel In Blue
00:23:01 Rosie Abbott – Skegness
00:23:55 EZIO – Cheap Chinese Chair
00:25:07 Findlay Napier – Mayfly
00:26:08 Dylan Howe – Would That It Were
00:27:08 Bob Drake – The Sound In The Church
00:28:09 Madga Archer & The Cola Cubes – I Like What You Like
00:29:10 Elena Theodorou – Layers
00:30:11 Geoff Leigh & Cristiana Vignatelli Bruni – Mutin Arise
00:31:11 Greta Aurora – Roses
00:32:12 Andy Ellison – Was He Pushed?
00:33:23 DAS RAD – 60 Second Man
00:34:22 Tom Robinson – Group Hug
00:35:24 John Ellis – One-Way Street (Corona Mix)
00:36:22 DILATE – Blink
00:37:22 ABOUT NOW – Needle
00:38:23 Lorraine Bowen – Be Original
00:39:22 FRENZID MELON – Temporarily Out Of Order
00:40:08 Yumi Hara – Slice
00:40:47 Side Break
00:41:01 Geoffrey Richardson – Little Blues For Rupert
00:42:01 SENSIBLE GRAY CELLS – Tragic Roundabout
00:43:03 Jon Owen – I Had A Little Nut Tree (For Charlie Chops)
00:44:05 Jayne Mason – The Bush Inn
00:45:03 THE RESIDENTS – Irish Wife
00:46:14 Bruce Woolley – Jets Of Summer
00:47:15 Fred Frith – Resolve
00:48:17 Henry Priestman – Suffice To Say
00:49:17 THE NEU PSODYMS – I Made Muffins
00:50:17 BLABBERMOUTH – Tohuku Manga (Miniature)
00:51:18 Sean Wo Smith – Crushed
00:52:16 Joby Burgess – Silver White Metal
00:53:16 Martin Stephen – Impressions
00:54:16 Clive Pig – Sir Gammer Vans
00:55:16 A POWDERED THEOREM – Mark The Day
00:56:18 Boo Hewerdine – Listen
00:57:22 Nick Haeffner – Efs 20201
00:58:22 Unfolk – Miniatura Luigi Russolo
00:59:23 William Hayter – Isolation
01:00:22 John Greaves – Like A Glove

CD2:
00:00:02 Hazel Jones – Sawing
00:01:06 Toyah With Simon Darlow And Bobby Willcox – Future Dreaming
00:02:13 Alan J. Stuart – Pebbles
00:03:08 Helen Mccookerybook – Moths
00:04:08 PARIAH STATE BUILDING – This Is What I Want To Say About The Removal Of Statues
00:05:09 Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer – The Skills That Used To Pay The Bills
00:06:02 Henry Kaiser – I’m The Guy Who Found The Lost Chord
00:07:02 John Otway – Gone In Less Than A Minute
00:07:45 R. Stevie Moore – Knickerbocker Salute Tactic
00:08:34 Jake Burns – Everlasting Love
00:09:36 Ben Hewerdine – The Moment
00:10:22 Matt Dangerfield & Margaret Barry – Margaret Barry’s Lullaby
00:11:18 MX-80 SOUND – Spoonfight 77
00:12:12 Stuart Moxham – Heart Of Glass
00:13:14 ALTERNATIVE TV – Fr
00:14:14 John Dunbar – You Didn’t Kill Hope
00:15:11 Barry Lamb – Eilkrankenheit
00:15:52 Jasun Martz – Memento Mori Memento Vivere
00:16:52 Steve Johnson – Send In The Suits
00:17:51 ANGEL CORPUS CHRISTI – Baby Oh Baby
00:18:51 Boo Hewerdine – 11:59:00
00:19:46 Side Break
00:19:57 EYELESS IN GAZA – Sirens Crying, Figures Shuffling
00:20:56 THE BEVIS FROND – Time She Loves
00:21:26 Peter Blegvad – Amputated Twin
00:22:36 UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITIAN – Rubber Uke
00:23:09 Mitch Friedman – Microscopic Epic
00:24:10 Hadar Manor – Desert Of My Mind
00:25:10 John Simms’ LIGHT TRAILS – Sky Glitz
00:26:17 SIGH FIGH – Sleepy Cat
00:27:11 Jack Simons – Some Time To Breathe
00:28:09 SHOP GIRLS – Laugh
00:29:10 MASONIC KITCHEN – New Thing
00:30:10 Simon Steensland – The Idiot Waltz
00:31:13 Neil Luck – Toddle
00:32:10 Robert Le Plar – Down At The Bush
00:33:09 Basil Kirchin – K Piano
00:34:07 Isatta Sheriff – Knock Knock
00:35:09 Emperor Rhubarb – Trebarwith Strand
00:36:16 Six Armed Man – In The Mist
00:37:16 INTERCONTINENTAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – The Disasters Of War
00:38:17 Findlay Napier – Tell Someone You Love Them
00:39:16 Adam Absent – There’s No Such Thing As Crime
00:40:12 Billy Bragg – Ode To Joy
00:40:50 Side Break
00:41:01 Terry Riley & Sara Miyamoto – Tomb Song
00:42:04 Shiva Feshareki – Poet
00:43:21 Mike Adcock – ThE LAST MINUTE WALTZ
00:44:15 Apartment House – One Minute Of Apartment House
00:45:18 Wavis O’Shave – Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm (The Palindrome Song)
00:46:19 MATMOS – Everything Has To Be Perfect Or I Hate Myself
00:47:20 TWO HEADED EMPEROR – We Only Have One Minute
00:48:13 Stewart Lee – Skippy(After Frank Skinner)
00:49:14 David Cross And Mori – Before
00:50:16 Jim Tetlow – Around (Edit)
00:51:16 HANGING FREUD – Bonding
00:52:16 David Jackson – Jam Man Hitchcock
00:53:17 GRAND HOTEL – The Clock Is Ticking
00:54:16 Bringers Of Change – Shame
00:55:16 Kev Hegan – The Message
00:56:12 Lester Square – White Christmas
00:57:12 CENSUS OF HALLUCINATIONS – Spiritual Sensitivity (Dub)
00:58:12 TEARS OF SIRENS – Not Far From Eden
00:59:13 Francesco Paolo Paladino & Ka – The End Of A Culture
01:00:12 THE MINIATURES FAMILY – Mass Exctintion Event

January 25, 2021

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