Exposé Online banner

Jasun Martz — Raspad
(Music Brut no#, 2013, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-09-29

Raspad Cover artThis compilation was released prior to Martz’ performances in St. Petersburg, Russia in March 2013. While Martz has toured with Frank Zappa, played keys, synthesizer and harmonica on several of Michael Jackson’s best known recordings, and co-arranged Starship’s biggest hit "We Built This City on Rock and Roll," it’s his long-form symphonic and experimental solo work that will be of greatest interest to Exposé readers, and there is plenty of that here. Think of this as a “best of” his solo work: experimental, contemporary classical, avant-garde, soundscapes, noise, orchestral, and massed keyboards. There are six ten minute excerpts from various long-form pieces, some of which have been released previously (the abbreviated outtakes from his previous albums – the Mellotron drenched The Pillory from 1978, and its 2006 follow-up The Battle may be familiar to Exposé readers) and some which to date have never been released. The set opens with the dense and disorienting “Disintegration” (which is what the Russian title translates to), which is an extract from the second movement from Martz’ third symphony, tentatively scheduled for release in 2014. Likewise, the closer “In Opposition” brings us a ten minute sample of Martz’ keyboard work, none of which has previously been released. “Erosion” contains selected noise elements from his previous releases The Battle and The Pillory, and “Corrosion” is a sample of his orchestral music, taken from Light (by the Arts), Kill (previously unreleased) and “In Light, in Dark, in Between” from the Eurock compilation way back in the day. As an introduction to Martz’ work, or even as a supplement for those already familiar, this compilation certainly hits the mark.

Filed under: New releases, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Jasun Martz

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Blocco Mentale - POA – Here's an Italian band from 1973 that, instead of taking their cue from the keyboard driven sound of ELP, have more in common with the sound of Jethro Tull, early PFM, maybe Blodwyn Pig, and perhaps...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues