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3.10 | 10 ratings | 1 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

side A:
1. Fanfare/Spectrum

side B:
1. In the not so still gentleness of the night
2. Danse of the Sines

Line-up / Musicians

- Richard Bugg / ARP2600, Moog 15b, E-mu modules, Flute
- Joel Young / Acoustic percussion, drums
- Shawn Phillips / Guitar, Guitar Synth

Releases information

Non Compos Mentis 3-7K

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COSMIC DEBRIS 3.7K ratings distribution

(10 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(10%)
Good, but non-essential (80%)
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Review by apps79
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3 stars The story of Cosmic Debris begins in 1976, when Richard Bugg, interested at the time in Electronic Music, volunteered to perform with his ARP 2600 synthesizer at Friends Records Jazz Festival in Oklahoma along with Cal Grant, who had built his own moog synth.The duo was characterized as ''cosmic debris'' after its performance, marking a change of name.The next couple of years Bugg would perform under the Cosmic Debris moniker alongside several musicians and he even released a cassette in 1979 with a five-piece line-up, from which Joel Young (drums, percussion) remained the next year along with newcomer guitarist Shawn Phillips.The trio recorded a self-titled debut at Media Sound studios in Oklahoma City, which was also overdubbed by Phillips at Chorisia studios in Positano, Italy, where he lived.Release year 1980, label Non Compos Mentis.

Consisting of three long, instrumental tracks, the album's subtitle was ''3.7 K'', derived from the echo of the "Big Bang", which was found at 3.7 degrees Kelvin.The sidelong ''Fanfare / Spectrum'' was inspired by the work of American composer Aaron Copland and it's actually what its title suggests.A long, one-dimensional Electronic fanfare with Bugg's spacey synthesizers in evidence and Phillips' endless cosmic guitar solos in a PINK FLOYD/HAWKWIND vein, producing an interesting, trippy atmosphere with little variation but full of inventiveness and incredible atmospheres.''In the not so still gentleness of the night'' opens with Bugg's loops and electronics, followed by a surprising folky flute part and followed by a narcotic synth tone, doubled by another dose of massive synth exercises.''Danse of the sines'' is based on a repetitive bass-like (or is it actually guitar?, no mention to bass credits in the album notes) groove with Bugg offering atonal synth textures and Young playing somekind of acoustic percussion.Propably the weakest track of the LP but with some notable synth explorations by Bugg.

The recording quality of the album is pretty mediocre but good enough to present Bugg's nice Electronic-based ideas.Definitely a very good album for all fans of spacey Electronic Music.

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