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The Expanding Universe

Spiegel Laurie

The Expanding Universe

Label: Unseen Worlds

Genre: 80s Wave / Rock / Pop / Punk


  • LP x3 €44.99
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The Expanding Universe is the 1980 debut album by computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel. The original album is reissued here as a massively expanded 3LP/2CD set, all four original album tracks plus an additional 15 tracks from the same time period, nearly all previously unreleased and many making their first appearance on vinyl in this brand new edition. Since this album’s first reissue in 2012, it has gone on to be widely established as a classic of 20th century electronic music.

Some of the well-loved works included in this set are "Patchwork", the "Appalachian Grove" series, “East River Dawn” and "Kepler's Harmony of the Worlds", which was included on the Golden Record launched on board the Voyager spacecraft. The pieces comprising The Expanding Universe combine slowly evolving textures with the emotional richness of intricate counterpoint, harmony, and complex rhythms (John Fahey and J. S. Bach are both cited as major influences in the original cover's notes), all built of electronic sounds using the GROOVE system at Bell Laboratories during the 1970s. The 3LP vinyl edition was cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin.

Pitchfork Best New Reissue (2012) +#12 of 50
Best Ambient Ambient Albums of All Time (2016)
WIRE #1 Archival Release of the Year (2012)