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Sun Ra 'Inside The Light World: Sun Ra Meets The OVC'

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1. CALLING PLANET EARTH
2.THEME OF THE STARGAZERS
3. LOVE IN OUTER SPACE (DX7 INTERLUDE)
4. LOVE IN OUTER SPACE
5. STARDUST FROM TOMORROW
6. EL IS A SOUND OF JOY
7. SUNSET ON THE NILE (DX7 INTERLUDE)
8. SUNSET ON THE NILE
9. EAST OF THE SUN
10. SATURN RINGS
11. CALLING PLANET EARTH (PIANO INTERLUDE)
12. DISCIPLINE 27-II
A1 CALLING PLANET EARTH
A2 THEME OF THE STARGAZERS
A3 LOVE IN OUTER SPACE (DX7 INTERLUDE)

B1 LOVE IN OUTER SPACE
B2 STARDUST FROM TOMORROW
B3 EL IS A SOUND OF JOY 7
B4 SUNSET ON THE NILE (DX7 INTERLUDE)

C1 SUNSET ON THE NILE
C2 EAST OF THE SUN
C3 SATURN RINGS
C4 CALLING PLANET EARTH (PIANO INTERLUDE)

D1 DISCIPLINE 27-II

Introducing a musical treasure from the enigmatic Sun Ra's expansive discography, Strut
Records proudly presents "Inside The Light World: Sun Ra Meets The OVC”.
This extraordinary album unveils previously unreleased recordings from the year 1986 for the very first time, showcasing a unique chapter in the Sun Ra catalogue.

Crafted by the forward-thinking technological innovator and rocket scientist, Bill Sebastian, during the mid-1970s, the Outer Space Visual Communicator (OVC) stood as a groundbreaking invention. Instead of producing traditional sound, this keyboard-triggered "instrument" harnessed the power of light, casting mesmerising kaleidoscopic, multicoloured patterns onto a screen suspended above performers on stage. Ra first performed with the idiosyncratic fractal light projector in the late ‘70s and, in 1986, two grainy VHS tapes surfaced featuring Ra performing ‘Calling Planet Earth’ and ‘Sunset On The Nile’, both accompanied by the OVC’s radiant light painting.

“I was curious about the performances,” explains Irwin Chusid, administrator of the Sun Ra catalogue. “I couldn't locate these terrific versions and wondered from where they originated. I discovered that not only was Bill Sebastian alive but he was still in Boston developing advanced iterations of the OVC, which by then incorporated Virtual Reality (VR) technology.”

Sebastian and Chusid embarked on the intricate task of assembling the session tapes sourced from Sebastian's archives. These recordings, which took place on August 25, 1986, at Mission Control studios in Westford, Massachusetts, were originally spontaneous and never intended for a formal album release. Although the tape transfers yielded remarkable material, the recordings remained in an unmixed state, prompting Chusid to collaborate with engineer Joe Lizzi. Together, they embarked on the journey of reconstructing each track with painstaking precision.

The end result is nothing short of a revelation, featuring exceptional performances by the Arkestra. This release unveils previously unheard renditions of Sun Ra classics such as 'Love In Outer Space,' 'El Is A Sound Of Joy,' and 'Calling Planet Earth.' Additionally, it offers a complete performance of 'Discipline 27-II,' making it a musical gem for fans and collectors alike.

The package features stills from the original OVC videos, extensive liner notes and a full
interview with Bill Sebastian. The album is fully remastered from the original reel to reel tapes by Joe Lizzi and Peter Beckmann.

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