MICHAEL KLAUSMAN TALKS ABOUT HIS MIXTAPE FOR BRYAN LEITGEB’S EDITION…
I’ve known Bryan Leitgeb for over a decade, for a long time we worked in the same neighborhood in the East Village — he at a used book shop, and myself at a nearby independent record store. I happen to collect books as well, and recall first meeting Bryan while shopping one evening at the store he worked for at the time. He was playing a fairly obscure album of folk music from Rajastan which I thought I recognized — I asked him if it was what I thought it was and we’ve pretty much been friends ever since.
We both have a great love and interest in things esoteric and obscure, from ethnographic field recordings to mostly forgotten artists, poets, and singer-songwriters.
This mix then is kind of an approximation of the kinds of things I could imagine talking to Bryan about, from droning Swiss choral music accompanied by the rattling of coins in a metal dish, ill-recorded Puerto Rican teenagers playing steel drums in the United States Capitol rotunda, solo harmonium recordings from mid-20th century spiritual guru, G.I. Gurdjieff, a recreation of prehistoric stone-age Scandinavian music, all the way to Fluxus composer Terry Fox’s experiment with sub-harmonic sounding snapped piano wire and contemporary artist Kai Althoff’s percolating synth-based soundscapes. Enjoy.
Michael Klausman works for Other Music, a New York City record store in the East Village.