John Cale is, without a doubt, a significant figure in music. Along with Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, and Moe Tucker, Cale played a massive role in The Velvet Underground. Cale brought in the influence of experimental and drone music. About ten years ago, the record label Table of Elements put out a five-disc box set (a genuine wooden box, by the way)called John Cale New York in the 1960s. A brilliant packaging of early experimental music by Cale with the assistance of Tony Conrad, Angus MacLise, and the great artist/performance artist and filmmaker Jack Smith (Flaming Creatures). Here on Tosh Talks, I focus on this particular box set and how he used a portable reel-to-reel tape machine manufactured and designed by Wollensak and the Hungarian instrument Cimbalon.
Painting in the background: Lun*na Menoh, The Velvet Underground. The painting will make its New York City premiere on May 17 at TOTAH
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A long time musical idol. I saw him play several times with his own band, and also June 1st, 1974 with Kevin Ayers, Eno, Nico, Robert Wyatt, Mike Oldfield, etc.