On March 13, the world lost one of its most high-flying cultural cosmonauts with the passing of 77-year-old Australian poet, musician, and composer Daevid Allen. A fascinating article about one of the true pioneers of a world of his own.
Best known as the guitarist and co-founder of influential psychedelic rock bands Soft Machine and Gong, Allen’s carefree wanderlust led him into a body of work that fused the jazz influences of post-Beat culture and Sun Ra’s intergalactic philosophies of harmony and dissonance with then-burgeoning psych-rock and pop sounds at the tail end of the 1960s. His travels from Australia to London, Paris, Mallorca, and New York City over the course of his career set his music into often surprising new contexts, with his trademark ‘glissando guitar’ sound being one of the lone consistent elements as he explored beat-group pop, loose and improvisatory acid rock, Mediterranean folk, musique concrète, and ambient New Age soundscapes.
Read on … via factmag : A beginner’s guide to Daevid Allen.