Velvet Lucifer - Electric Residence I to IV (Free Download)
Velvet Lucifer – The Electric Residence Volumes 1 - 4
Vincent LaDamia was born in Switzerland and wanted to be an artist or a musician, yet was bereft of talent but did not see that as a boundary, but knew it would limit any progression.
He stated that “What I create will not be original, clever or memorable – But at least I shall create something”.
After an encounter with a young girl and her art collection his views changed not only of art but of life itself, to find out that everything we deem magical or religious was in fact a side effect of something called “the angle”, a world which is like our own occupying the same space but at a slight angle, there are doorways that lead to a black corridor.
Vincent wrote “it damaged my very existence, but also gave me a chance to achieve something greater than myself”.
He was given a house by a benefactor who felt that the surrealist movement had sold it soul the second it created a set of rules. Many of these artists were great painters and photographers, sculptures and writers. Things should go against the whole concept of surrealism.
If it is a Freudian like trip inside the mind to be expressed without form and order then the resulting work should be chaos not fine art or beautiful music.
Vincent therefore decided to create a place for ordinary people to become the ultimate statement of true surrealism, no rules, no obvious talent, just a desire to express themselves in any way they could.
“For this to happen the way I envisioned then I must become not a teacher, artist or musician but an "architect."
For this house is bricks and wood and steel and glass, together they create a whole, I shall bring in people each a piece of a greater structure and in some way I shall bring each piece together and cement and nail them as one.
Having strived to become a musician and failed it struck me one that who exactly said ‘this is what in tune should sound like’, or ‘a composition should have this structure and tempo’.
Who indeed, so I started to seek out the true music rebels, those who would take the normal so called correct way and completely ignore it, regardless of what others thought of the finished product.
There were many such people creating sounds and noise that had no merit in the ears of the elite or the music lovers seeking melody and harmony.
I have spoken with the great and the strange and found true beauty in their words and their work.”
It may sound strange but I felt that my ideas were too frightening; my early attempts were destroyed in fits of self loathing and anger.
My stupidity, my arrogance and my ego seemingly fighting inside my unhelpful brain.
I wandered through the rooms at the mansion, watching the people throw paint, make things, debate and with total freedom to be what they wanted.
As I walked around everybody smiled at me, spoke of their thanks and expressed a wish that if the world were like this house, alive with this natural phenomenon a perfect spark of creativity, some spoke of the power that seemed to flow through the house and they gave it the nickname of the Electric Residence.”
Sounds were created between 1974 and 1978, one example of how he set about recordings are mentioned in his extensive notes:
“That night I took some recording equipment into one of the cellars and set up two microphone connected to a reel to reel tape.
On one wall there was some old nails in the wall, I wrapped some copper wire around them and then connected that to an old seven and a half volt ever ready battery.
With everything set up I held down the play and record buttons to set off the recording and I left the cellar.
Following morning I retrieved the equipment took it upstairs to my studio to see what if anything had been recorded.
It was mainly hiss and static, there were a few hums which I assumed had come from the copper wire and some other strange sounds.
After a day of cutting up the tape, re-recording it on a second device at different speeds and volume levels I eventually ended up with a natural aural backing track lasting 24 minutes, this would be the structure on which I would create my first lasting piece of sound work.”
Not much of his work exists, aside from 3 cassette tapes and 2 one sided test pressings.
All that could be recovered has been assembled as per his notes and presented here in 4 downloadable EP’s.
Somewhere between Avant Garde, Surrealist, Musique concrete,
Acousmatic music and Electroacoustic music.
Some noise, some ambient, electronic and traditional instruments and all highly experimental.
It is what it is.