This AV album documents the 2022 General Magic ∞ Tina Frank live set performed in Vienna and London in honour of their late friend Peter Rehberg
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Livebop’ is an audiovisual album that documents the General Magic ∞ Tina Frank live set performed in 2022 – in Vienna and London – in honour of their late comrade and friend Peter Rehberg. This 30-minute video is packed with carefully crafted sonic and visual manoeuvres and comes with an explicit noise & flicker warning!
General Magic ∞ Tina Frank are an audio-visual syndicate since 1995. General Magic – once described as “perhaps the strangest, least stylistically constrained project on the Mego label’s roster” – is a duo consisting of Andi Pieper and Ramon Bauer. Tina Frank is a visual artist who is working with various audio artists and music labels since the early 1990s.
With ‘Livebop’, General Magic ∞ Tina Frank seamlessly merge audio and visuals to deliver a video based on two AV shows performed live at Festwochen Vienna | das Werk (28 May 2022) and at Cafe OTO, London (3 July 2022). The ‘Livebop’ audio set features live versions from the 2022 General Magic ‘Softbop’ EP as well as tracks from the 1997 Mego Album ‘Frantz’, the 2022 Peter Rehberg tribute compilation ‘Get This: 32 Tracks For Free’, and some previously unreleased live material. All visuals by Tina Frank.
track list (video times):
00min 25sec Pflichtintro — Softbop (gt 123)
01min 06sec Prototipo — Softbop (gt 123)
04min 45sec Brasserie — unreleased
07min 39sec Tyrell — Frantz (MEGO 010)
10min 33sec Untitled schnipsl — unreleased
11min 07sec Burn — Softbop gt 123
12min 57sec Politburo — unreleased
18min 21sec pliii — Get This ($ pwgen 20)
22min 20sec Whatever Forever (For Pita) — Get This ($ pwgen 20)
26min 07sec Mosaïque — Softbop (gt 123)
29min 39sec I was no — Softbop (gt 123)
For hi-res video streaming please visit youtu.be/YpPuUdBg_us
Thanks for making ‘Livebop’ possible ∞ Isabelle Piechaczyk, Gisèle Vienne, Russell Haswell, Fielding Hope, A.D. Jacques and Oswald Berthold.
released December 2, 2022
Audio by General Magic; except pliii by Tina Frank and General Magic. Video and cover artwork by Tina Frank. Mastering by General Magic and Tina Frank, 2022.
published by generate and test – farmersmanual’s publishing hub for decentralised, incremental, and opportunistic audio projects | gt 321
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The album has been described as a “historical document” by AV journalist Janisa Averill. They describe it as “not only one of the best albums ever made by General Magic, but one of the best albums ever made, period.”textsynth.com
Tina Frank is AV of General Magic and a Grammy winning production designer. She wrote, designed, directed and produced many of her recordings under the stage names Tina Frank and Tina Brooks.textsynth.com
The sound and images served here are cooked up with immense care and attention to detail, much as when docking your spaceship in 𝑣𝑒𝑢𝑡 𝑧𝑒𝑣𝑤𝑦𝑐𝑦𝑢𝑥 (V1).textsynth.com
It is a great honour to have a setlist from Tina Frank live. It was performed live in the space shuttle as a part of this show in honour of our late friend Peter Rehberg.textsynth.com