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The spirit of LAFMS boxed in a new 13 LP set

LAFMS BOX BOX documents all The Los Angeles Free Music Society’s 2012 performances at The Box gallery

The Los Angeles Free Music Society is about to release a 13 LP box set of all the performances it staged at a 2012 Los Angeles exhibition marking its 40 year existence. Called Beneath The Valley Of The Lowest Form Of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society 1972–2012, The Box Gallery exhibition examined the collective’s output over the past 40 years through photographs, visual art work, home-made instruments, recordings, ephemera, film and video. During its six week run, the gallery hosted a number of concerts featuring the collective’s members, recordings of which now make up LAFMS BOX BOX. “Every concert is given one side of an LP. The LP sleeves feature close-ups of the table top displays we had of various instruments and artefacts,” explains BOX BOX's artistic director and designer Tom Recchion. The set includes a 52 page full colour book showcasing visual exhibits from the various LAFMS members participating, as well as a selection of posters. One such poster was for the late Mike Kelley's installation, which happened to be his last piece of work, just as his opening night performance turned out to be his final show. “All of this comes in a slip case box and is pretty fucking heavy!” exclaims Recchion.

Performances include the opening reception improvisation with Dennis Duck, John Duncan, Ace Farren Ford, Joseph Hammer, Mike Kelley, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion and Vetza; The Artificial Art Ensemble with Ted Byrnes, Ace Farren Ford, Mars Pharoah Ford, Oddrocker Orlando Greenhill and Michael Intriere; The Doo-Dooettes featuring Dennis Duck, Fredrik Nilsen and Tom Recchion; Smegma; Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Tom Recchion as Extended Organ, and prerecorded XO contributions by Mike Kelley, Rahdlines aka Nate Archer & Aaron Coye, and many others.

The book’s photography is Fredrik Nilsen, and to top it off, the vinyl set comes with a download code. LAFMS BOX BOX will be released on 25 November by Box Editions.