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To No Avail

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Originally released in 1983 on the cassette from Anvil Creations, this album could be considered Ken's fourth "electronic music" work in his EM series beginning with Tempus Fugit, then To Come Into Being, and thirdly, Loubi Stem. Two (of 3) of the abstract organ works appeared on the 1999 release, "Extractions From My Convictions", the first of a collection of early sound works released on a compact disc for the first time (available from MDN a.k.a. Creative Musicians' Coalition in their AfterTouch magazine). These eight pieces (and one bonus track) have been re-mixed in 2014 for this special re-issue. Two works were recorded on a Synergy Polyphonic Digital Synthesizer, courtesy of Don Slepian, and the two shorts are experimental in nature. The title track compiled entirely on an ARP Odyssey synthesizer. The bonus track was played on a home-made harpsichord, with ARP synth added later.

As a side note, the cassette was originally a split tape, with some tracks from TNA on side one, and a live performance from Rosenzweig & Moore appearing on side two. "In A Pound Of Logic" was initially designated as Electronic Music Series (EMS) #4, then replaced by To No Avail, with tracks from Don Slepian's Synergy added to make it a complete electronic music album by Ken Moore. (One more EMS, number 5, was issued in 1984 as "The Jupiter Effect".) Samples from all five EMS tapes were released on a double LP from VOD (Vinyl-On-Demand) Records in 2015.

Track Listings:
    1. Imaginary Expedients (8:16)
    2. To No Avail (7:14)
    3. For The Duration. (2:59)
    4. For The Root Is The Dream (9:13)
    5. La Fontaine (3:07)
    6. Experiment DS6 (8:38)
    7. Viscous (8:40)
    8. Intuition Or Recognition (7:49)
    9. The Rapier (bonus Track)
Total Time: 60 minutes
Artist Name(s):
Ken Moore
Ken Moore for Anvil Creations
Release Year: 1983
Album Type:
Cassette, Digital / Download
Cover & Packge Design:
Ken Moore
Engineer(s): Ken Moore
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Anvil Creations
Catalog Number(s):
Baltimore, Maryland USA
Anvil Creations
Editions / Reissues
  1. 1983 Anvil Creations cassette tape only
  2. 2014 ACS digital download only for Bandcamp
  3. 2018 ACS private re-issue on cassette tape
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