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Sun Ra

Sun Ra

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Metamorphosis Vision
Transmolecular internal linklight
Transcendent darkness rule/measure of the outerness
Black, chromatic
Synthesis on
It is yon diamond project differential
Sapphire beam ruby
Plane transcendent / visions out.

- Sun Ra

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Sun Ra and The MC5

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Sun Ra was one of the oddest yet most entertaining personalities of modern jazz. The bandleader, composer and keyboardist who claimed to be an extraterrestrial from the planet Saturn led his Myth-Science Solar Arkestra into zones far removed from standard jazz fare. His shows, especially late in his career, were carney affairs that included costumes (including Mickey Mouse ears), singers and wild-looking internal linkdancers. Jazz purists kept their distance, but fans attracted to the idiosyncratic flocked to hear the jazz internal linksage speak his improvisational wisdom laced with humor.

Sun Ra

Born Herman "Sonny" Blount on May 22, 1914, in Birmingham, Ala., Sun Ra studied music at an early age. He took a conventional path, playing in high school, studying music at Alabama A&M University, dipping into classical  music and then breaking through into the jazz sphere thanks to the influence of Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith and Fletcher Henderson. He later wrote arrangements for the latter.

The seeds of the Arkestra began in Chicago, where the bandleader assembled such simpatico free spirits as saxophonists John Gilmore, Marshall Allen and Pat Patrick.  Even though he was always ready to tweak jazz into  unknown regions, Sun Ra's early sides as a leader (on the Chicago-based Delmark imprint) were standard  modal-swing dates fueled by the collective sensibilities of the band.

By the time Sun Ra moved his commune of musicians east to Philadelphia in 1961, he and his band were deemed a jazz internal linkanomaly. That didn't stop the intrepid leader from issuing his border-busting music on his own Saturn label (as well as micro indie ESP-Disk). Many of these hard-to-find recordings, often printed in the low triple numbers and sold out of crates at gigs, have found new life in an  reissue series by Evidence Records.

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internal linkDevo's first show: was hired as a gag, to open up for Sun Ra at a local radio station's internal linkHalloween party. But no one gets the joke as the band continually assaults their shocked and befuddled audience, with computerized noise blasts (_Subhuman Woman_) and grating vocals  (_Beulah_).

Devo Live: The Mongoloid Years

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Full Moon Gathering

Sun Ra - Media Dreams 12"
Sun Ra - _Saturn Research_ Sun Ra - _Media Dreams_

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Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra - The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Volume 1 12inch (1965) Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra - Sound Sun Pleasure 12inch on Evidence (1953-1958)
Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra - My Brother The Wind Vol. II 12inch on Saturn (1971) Le Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Super Sonic Jazz 12inch on Saturn (1957

The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra 12inch on Savoy (1960)
John Cage meets Sun Ra

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Space Is The Place

Sun Ra--space-age prophet, Pharaonic jester, internal linkshaman-philosopher and avant-jazz keyboardist/bandleader--land his spaceship in Oakland, having been presumed lost in space for a few years. With Black Power on the rise,  Ra disembarks and proclaims himself "the alter-destiny." He holds a myth-vs internal linkreality rap session with black inner-city internal linkyouth at a rec center, threatening "to chain you up and take you with me, like they did you in Africa" if they resist his plea to go to outer space. He duels at cards with The Overseer, a satanic overlord, with the fate of the black race at stake. Ra wins the right to a world concert, which features great performance footage of the Arkestra. Agents sent by the Overseer attempt to assassinate Ra, but he vanishes, rescues his people, and departs in his spaceship from the exploding planet Earth.

"the music is different here, the vibrations are different... not like planet earth... planet earth sound of guns, anger, frustration... there is no one to talk to on planet earth to understand... it would affect their vibrations, for the better of course... equation wise, the first thing to do is consider internal linktime as officially ended... we'll work on the other side of time... we'll bring them here through either isotope, internal linkteleportation, transmolecularzation... or better still, teleport the whole planet here through music..." - Sun Ra

the music of the earth... the music of the sun and the stars... the music of yourself...
Tsuyoshi Suzuki Sympathy In Chaos


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I'd never try to rouse something as destructive as man.  I wanna calm people down, put 'em in a sort of internal linkdream state, between myth and internal linkreality. They just gotta learn to use their intuition.  Intuition is a survival mechanism, innate knowledge of the proper thing to do.  Now you got people acting like savages, you just read the papers or watch the news.  I've seen so much ugliness and stupidity on this planet..... People here keep making the same mistakes, history repeats itself.  It's very boring for me; I've been elsewhere, you see.  I'd much rather be on internal linkJupiter, there it's inexpressibly beautiful, splendorous, pure happiness.  I can see why they say the word 'jovial' come from Jupiter.  I was there just the other day, in what you might call a dream or a vision, but it was just as real as you and I talking right here.  You got to learn to understand rather than overstand your position regarding so-called reality."

- Sun Ra - _Musician_ Magazine, April/ May internal link1980

Jupiter and beyond the infinite...
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