by John Wiggins

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Cause And Effect
John Wiggins
Northport, New York, USA
C30 1984

ANAGENIC is a unique, absorbing melange of found, synthetic, natural and musical sounds. Wiggins compiled, sorted and analyzed these sounds by computer for over a year. The result is a varied, ever-changing, humorous electronic composition that will leave the listener amused and touched. The superb Belgium magazine OPEN SYSTEM PROJECT described ANAGENIC as, "une superbe organisation musicale ou tous les sons s'entremettent l'un l'autre dans une genese relationelle etonnament coherente parce qu'analogique. D'ou le titre, Anagenic". A very funny, very intelligent collage by this New Yorker who works as Supervising Sound Editor at HBO.
- January 1985 Cause And Effect Cassette Distribution Catalog

This archival issue of Anagenic is presented with the permission of John Wiggins.

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Anagenic by John Wiggins was listed in the January 1985 and May 1985 Cause And Effect Cassette Distribution catalogs.
It is presented here strictly for archival, educational, historical, and non-commercial purposes. All rights belong to the artist.

These recordings are straight transcriptions from an original copy of the cassette as it was published by John Wiggins in 1984. No attempt has been made to enhance or "improve" the sound quality.

Audio files are transcriptions of the entire sides of the cassette, not divided into tracks. This was done for two reasons:
1) to give the listener an opportunity to hear the sides of the tape as continuous listening experiences just as someone might have heard them if they bought the tape from Cause And Effect in 1985
2) to highlight and emphasize the non-commercial nature of this archival presentation

The main purposes here are to preserve artifacts and documents of Cassette Culture Era history, and to honor the artists and labels who produced them.

This is part of a project that I have recently commenced to thoroughly document the cassettes that were distributed and produced by Cause And Effect. I expect this project to take several years to complete.


released December 13, 2013




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