Metal Machine Music (subtitled The Amine β Ring) is the fifth studio album by American rock musician Lou Reed, released as a double album in July 1975 by RCA Records. A departure from the rest of his catalog, the album features no songs or even recognizably structured compositions, eschewing melody and rhythm for modulated feedback and guitar effects, mixed at varying speeds by Reed
The album was released on 28 August 2015 as digital download and double CD as well as limited bundles. The album sees the band returning "to a distinctly guitar-heavy sound". The album derives its name from one of the band's earlier tracks 'Metal Machine Music', a single off the Album 'I'.
Metal Machine Music is shrouded in mystery in part because Lou Reed made it alone. The nature of the music didn’t require a studio or an engineer, so he recorded it by himself at his Manhattan loft, working late into the night. In 2000, Metal Machine Music was properly issued on CD, with liner notes from Rolling Stone critic David Fricke. And in the final decade of Reed’s life, he performed variations of the core idea of the record as Metal Machine Trio, and the work was scored for acoustic instruments and recorded by the experimental classical ensemble Zeitkratzer. Reed always said it would find its place, and he was right.
In its droning, shapeless indifference, Metal Machine Music is hopelessly old-fashioned. After a decade of aesthetic outrages, four sides of what sounds like the tubular groaning of a galactic refrigerator just aren’t going to inflame the bourgeoisie (whoever they are) or repel his fans (since they’ll just shrug and wait for the next collection). If this album is Reed’s Self Portrait, then we may have to tolerate a lot of stroboscopic sludge before he gets back on the tracks. What’s most distressing is the possibility that Metal Machine Music isn’t so much a knife slash at his detractors as perhaps a blade turned inward. He may be, to shift weaponry images, moving to the center of fire so that we can make a clean kill.
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The Music Paint Machine, Ghent (Belgium). the MPM may enter the performance scene (as it will also do in Poland). The Music Paint Machine. January 7 ·. Next lectures/workshops: ArtEZ Hogeschool Enschede (NL), The Hague Royal Conservatory (NL). Later on: Berlin (DE), Katowice (PL).