ReRVNG14 - Mark Freedman - One Man Posse (Digital Only)
One Man Posse collects the best of Mark Freedman’s oeuvre, transferred and remastered from original sources and available digitally for the first time.
Mark Freedman notably owned and operated NYC’s Battery Sound recording studios in the early-to-mid 1980s, providing a deep and open space for Downtown’s oddballs to experiment within. The studio became mythically used by Arthur Russell, who spent late nights there creating World of Echo and working on songs like “Another Thought,” “In the Light of the Miracle,” and “Let’s Go Swimming” (which Freedman co-produced).
As well as an engineer, Freedman was a multi-instrumentalist and composer operating under various monikers, the most prolific of which was his Powerman alias. As Powerman, Freedman voyaged strange synth seas, coasting weird waves, New and otherwise, while never quite fitting the pop mold he was trying to conform his music to. Because, or in spite, of this non-conformity, Freedman released three albums and an EP on his own label imprint, named after the recording studio, over a short span of three years.
With a DIY spirit in the air, Freedman, and a cast of characters from the Battery Sound recording studio world, played and prospered within his disorderly-creative systems, enjoying the magical sound catalyzed by the studio’s state of the art equipment, including a Fairlight CMI, a then cutting edge digital synthesizer, sampler, and audio workstation. The Battery Sound crew appear across the now-coveted self-released Powerman albums, musically exploring chugging groove marathons, wistful, puzzle pieced New Wave not dissimilar to the avant-pop of Art of Noise or New Musik, kitschy yet catchy sample expression and much, much more, oftentimes featuring Russell on cello.
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