This is one of the most out there canadian records of the late 60s. Bill Bissett is a one of the first concrete poets from the 60s who to this day is still writing and performing. In the late 60s he lived in Vancouver Canada and made these far out recordings with friends jamming in the background over top of his poety. There are also some tracks that where done with the help of a Buchla System 100 Synthisizer. The first Modular System made by the man who created the surround sound system at Keesey's trip festival in the last 60s. It was a age where electronic where being freed into the musical cosmos and experiments with poety and music where being done by people and not just achedemics.
Bill Bissett was born in Halifax N.S. but moved to B.C. in the early 60's. He became a poet, exploring the medium of concrete poetry, a painter and performance artist in Vancouver during the 1960's. Bill Bissett together with an ensemble of ten musicians committed the “Awake In Th Desert”, a recorded book, to tape. In all 14 tracks were laid down and originally the project was commissioned as a companion release to the Talon Books title of the same name. That book is an even more rare collectors item than the album . It was released however, in 1968 along with a companion book in a limited edition of 500 copies by See/Hear Productions. See Hear was a recorded magazine and AWAKE IN TH RED DESSERT was Volume 1 Number 2
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