1/1/17 – Zorch – Ouroboros – 1975

Album Of The Day

What better way to start the New Year than to find what is allegedly England’s first all Electronic band. Basil Brooks and Gwyo Zepix formed Zorch in the early seventies (Gwyo taking his name from their Surrey cottage commune post code). They played free festivals in the seventies such as Windsor in 1974, Meigan Fayre in 1975 and Stonehenge Festival in 1974 and 1975. They had a freaky light show, a dancer called Silver (their sound man Tony Andrews’ wife) and were friends with Gong. Their lighting man John Andrews (no relation) named their light show Acidica.

They only recorded one studio album, Ouroboros, in 1975 but if you are a fan of Tangerine Dream, Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, Klaus Schulze or the BBC Electronic Workshop or if you can imagine Tubular Bells with no organic instruments then you are going to love this.

There’s a surprising amount of information if you follow the links below. Thanks to Rod MacQuarrie for the tip.

http://www.zorchmusic.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zorch

http://www.planetgong.co.uk/archives/articles/zorch-david-id.shtml

http://www.audionautas.com/2011/02/zorch-conexion-psicodelica.html

Track Listing:

0:00:00 – Mother Earth
0:11:55 – Electro Flow
0:18:06 – Return Of The Elohim

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6 Responses to “1/1/17 – Zorch – Ouroboros – 1975”

  1. simone January 2, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    It’s a trippy, and adventurous album riding the edge of psychedelia in flamboyant style.

    There’s a lot of fantastic improvisation going on, on this album, using very little technology compared to the wealth the world of music is accustomed to today. Soundwise, “Ouroboros” brings out, as you suggested Marty, early Tangerine Dream and Schulze, and for me, a touch of Jarre and Kraftwerk. Most of all, the spacy magic explored here seems to come from another sonic universe.

    This was way ahead of its time and belongs to the pioneers in the genre.
    Classic, mind-blowing music!!

  2. Selwyn January 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm #

    Does this mean you’re back in the northern hemisphere?

    • Marty Willson-Piper January 10, 2017 at 9:40 am #

      No Selwyn, it means that if I posted 90 posts in this 3 month period on Chilean bands it might get samey. It also means that I was tipped of about this record by one one of my guitar guidance students and I thought it was so good it had to be written about. I am also in the studio on tour and with the holiday period and the coming of the new year so taken up with my own music that I have not been able to get to the In Deep site as often as I would like, so this quick and easy tip seemed a good way to introduce 2017. I will endeavour to return to regular writing when I can.

      • Selwyn January 11, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

        Continue to enjoy your travels. Things aren’t going so well up here. So instead of “wish you were here,” I say I wish I were there.

  3. Marty Willson-Piper January 11, 2017 at 9:30 pm #

    Don’t worry Selwyn, I’ ll be back soon to join in with the chaos.

    • delay plus chorus January 14, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

      We need another MWP show in Seattle one day soon. Put us in the queue!

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