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Album Review

Machine Works is a phenomenal departure and an amazing experiment of a record. Built around "found sounds" and composed of largely ambient works, Machine Works almost works like a variation on the KLF's Chill Out album, except done with music. The album is a massive head trip, right from the opening "Blast Furnace" — which is about as haunting a tune as you could make from a blast furnace in incredibly slow motion — and heads through streetscapes, G8 conferences, and trains. That Tamblyn conceived and recorded this record is indicative of his genius as a musician and his awareness as a world adventurer. This is the ultimate found sound record and belongs alongside albums like the KLF's Chill Out and even experiments like Ciccone Youth's Whitey Album. Essential listening from start to finish.

Biography

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s

Born in Thunder Bay, this longtime folk musician performed in the Ottawa-Hull region for many years in the late '60s and early '70s. Not one to stay with just one medium, Ian Tamblyn is also a playwright, having penned several plays throughout the years. Musically though, it wasn't until Sylvia Tyson performed one of his songs on the popular Canadian television show Ian & Sylvia that Tamblyn got his big break. In 1976, he released his debut self-titled album, which garnered him a Juno Award. In 1978,...
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