Jack Briece (1945-1988), photo courtesy of NYPL; Photo by Lisa Law.
Concentric Circles is very proud to announce a first time vinyl edition of this barely-heard high/lowbrow masterpiece, Heterophonious Fool (1984), by composer Jack Briece, with Liner notes by Peter Garland. One time pressing of 250 copies, high gloss sleeve and DMM mastering.
Heterophonious Fool, was self-produced in an edition of 50 cassettes and never publicly distributed until now.
Owing to a deep obsession with all things relating to astronomy and the esoteric, Briece composed Heterophonious Fool as a suite in five parts, it’s meter and melody determined by his readings of the I Ching. Despite these somewhat lofty inspirations, Briece instilled these pieces with a sense of playfulness, composing the suite for four tracks of the same cheap Casio keyboard, with phased rhythm tracks and catchy, looping minimal melodies floating around the stereo field. One easily gets the sense of a joyfully creative mind at work.