Pi Corp | Let Them Eat Pi

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Let Them Eat Pi

by Pi Corp

MUSIK - SPONTANO - ELECTRIK Spontaneous Electronic Rock/Jazz/Psych Music with improvisational lyrics - Abhorrently Brilliant, Disturbingly Satisfying
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Let Them Eat Pi
Patterson, Howarth, Pi Corp
4:25 album only
2. Introid
Howarth, Bickel, Fischer, Risner
1:08 album only
3. The Dirge
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert, Risner
3:17 album only
4. Drumola Together
Bickel, Geffert, Howarth, Leffel, Risner
6:17 album only
5. Devil Weed
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert, Risner
5:09 album only
6. Just Another Song
Leffel, Howarth, Bickel, Geffert, Risner
5:23 album only
7. LSD1
Howarth, Bickel, Fischer, Risner
9:08 album only
8. Space War
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert, Risner
6:41 album only
9. Shiitt
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert
1:54 album only
10. Telerama Boogie
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert
2:07 album only
11. Organ Over Easy
Howarth, Leffel
1:18 album only
12. Organic
Patterson, Howarth
2:03 album only
13. Rock N Roll Show
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert, Risner, Leffel
6:17 album only
14. Hash Market
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert
4:14 album only
15. Can't Slow Down
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert, Leffel
1:16 album only
16. Power Cycle
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert, Risner
9:52 album only
17. Never Sell Out On You
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert, Leffel, Risner
3:21 album only
18. Nowhere at 3:00 AM
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert
2:11 album only
19. Warped Pew
Howarth, Bickel, Geffert
3:08 album only


Album Notes
"Everything was completely impromptu… totally spontaneous free-form electronic rock and jazz… with balls”, exclaims Guy Bickel; producer of “Let Them Eat Pi”; nineteen tracks of aural insanity recorded live in Cleveland, “Back when it was Quad and ‘The Kid’ was King”.

Bickel, former Frank Zappa sound engineer, as well as the co-founder and bassist for an obscure underground band of Cleveland studio musicians called Pi Corp recollects, “One minute it was kick ass rock; so heavy that you could barely pick it up. And the next minute, Alan had sequenced synthesizer sounds panning around your head.”

Eleven of the tracks on Let Them Eat Pi were featured in a September 7th, 2001 release by Rockadellic Records entitled “Lost in the Cosmic Void”. However, the events that happened four days later on September 11th changed everything and “Lost in the Cosmic Void” stayed that way. But the cause lives on; and the ‘Lost’ album will be re-released in its entirety, along with nine new tracks digitized from the original 4-track master tapes. Both the American (Musicomm) and Euro (AlmaKarma Records) release of the Pi Corp Mission Logs are scheduled for the July 26, 2010.

Let Them Eat Pi features the early works and innovative sounds of electronic music Pi’oneer Alan Howarth. Alan began his musical career in Cleveland playing with bands like ‘The Tree Stumps’, ‘The Renaissance Faire’, ‘The Silk’, and the first electronic band in Cleveland called ‘Braino’. Howarth went on to become one of the most sought after composer / sound designers in Hollywood.

Also featured are some unforgettable and strangely haunting vocals by Woody Leffel; formerly of RCA recording artist Granicus. Woody plates a unique slice of Pi with the raw vocal style of Robert Plant, the croon-ability of Brian Ferry, and an improvisational storytelling style that he coined as “speech-sing”. We now call it ‘The Talking Heads’.

“The whole Pi Corp mission was to create music and lyrics spontaneously,” Bickel continues. “With the exception of “Together” and “Just Another Song”, our only two attempts at songwriting, and the two tracks with Marilyn, everything on the CD was conceived and played with absolutely no prior discussion or rehearsal. However, each session usually did have some kind of a plot or a theme attached; seemed more appropriate than notes or key signatures.”

The CD begins with “Let Them Eat Pi”, an amusing tongue and cheek story narrated by the “Sexy Computer Chick” (Marilyn Patterson) of how Earthman and Pi came to be. Then immediately following Marilyn’s enticing intro, we slice open the Pi with “Lost in the Cosmic Void”; eleven sessions of Pi Corp’s darker side that was mixed down to quarter inch 2-track for an album project back in 1975… an album that didn’t become reality for twenty-five years.

Early works such as LSD1, Devil Weed, and The Dirge was the musical direction of early Pi Corp and was quite admittedly, a tad “noir”, but the tracks do feature advanced musical concepts, amazing creative spontaneity, and features some of the best and most innovative synthesizer work by Alan Howarth to this day.

The additional bonus tracks give the listener a much better sense of the evolving band and their mission. Pieces such as “Rock N Roll Show” and “Never Sell Out on You”, show off the unique, improvisational talents of Woody Leffel. “Let Them Eat Pi”, “Organic”, and “Hash Market” is Alan at his synthesizer best. Bassist Guy Bickel compliments the sometimes in-comprehendible with some great bass work, and drummer Denny Geffert does an excellent job of establishing and providing a much needed foundation. Finally, former Braino and Weather Report sound engineer Brian Risner did a bang up job mixing the craziness and getting it to tape.

And now it’s thirty five years later. Do you think Let Them Eat Pi will resonate with European audiences? “Absolutely, Bickel responds, Word from our agent in Europe is that everybody who hears the CD is blown away… they seem to dig the new Woody stuff a lot. He’s confident that once the CD gets out there, it’s gonna do pretty well; probably come to America as an import.

How about America? Bickel laughs. There will be some who will recognize the abhorrent brilliance, then after a couple of listens, begin to realize a truly disturbing satisfaction. And to those aficionados of sonic psychosis we say, go on, have another slice… it’s certified, 100% organic.”



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