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ETERNITY OR BUST: A Short Film about Laraaji

Laraaji is a musician, mystic and laughter meditation practitioner based in New York City. He began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, improvising trance-inducing jams on a modified autoharp processed through various electronic effects. Brian Eno saw him playing one night in Washington Square Park and invited him to record an album for his seminal Ambient series (Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance, released 1980). Laraaji has gone on to release a prolific series of album for a wide variety of labels, many of which he recorded himself at home and sold as cassettes during his street performances. In recent years he has been collaborating with a new generation of underground musicians, most notably on the album he recorded for the acclaimed FRKWYS series with Blues Control. This short documentary has been made to coincide with a series of reissues being released on the All Saints label. — All Saints Records

Produced by Chris Hall for Start Productions.




taken from the previously unreleased recording featured on the Laraaji compilation “CELESTIAL MUSIC 1978 – 2011″ (2011, All Saints Records) 



taken from the “Laraaji Remixes” 12″ EP released 12 May 2014 on All Saints Records. Features the music of legendary electronic mystic Laraaji re-interpreted by Bee Mask (Spectrum Spools), Ela Orleans (Night People), Sun Araw (Not Not Fun/Drag City) and Motion Sickness Of Time Travel (Digitalis/Boomkat Editions).

from movies for ears


Ela Orleans TUMULT IN CLOUDS

from “Tumult In Clouds” 2LP, reissued on Parental Guidance in January, 2014 available, HERE.
music: Ela Orleans / lyrics: based on a poem by W.B. Yeats “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” / video: movies for ears
originally pressed on Clan Destine Records in 2012.




Ela Orleans – In The Night (alternative version)
from BEKO DSL single, 2011 / written and performed by ela orleans / lyrics: simon hayward / video: movies for ears / recorded and mixed in ridgewood, nyc / mastered by carl clandestine

the video footage comes from “everything for sale” by andrzej wajda (アンジェイ・ワイダ「すべて売り物」1968) and is a tribute to elzbieta czyzewska (エリジビエタ・チゼウスカ, 1938 – 2010). full version of the song appeared on “double feature” (split LP with dirty beaches) released by la station radar + atelier ciseaux and night people in 2011.

ELA ORLEANS – Neverend
from 12″ split LP “Double Feature” (with Dirty Beaches), co-released by La Station Radar (France), Atelier Ciseaux (Canada) and Night people (US), available now. Written and performed by Ela Orleans / Lyrics: Simon HaywardEditing: Asha Kowalik / Camera: Sabrina Lessard / Video: Movies for Ears

Dirty Beaches – Good Speed

Born in Taiwan, Alex Zhang Hungtai (aka Dirty Beaches) grew up in North America. His music brings back to life the forgotten stories of a wild America of the 1960s, stories imprinted on scorched hope.  Ela Orleans left her native Poland for Glasgow before settling in the vastness of New York. She takes us on a reverie of splendor and despair. This collection of pensive postcards from NYC is dedicated to night owls feeding on utopia and desolation.




Ela Orleans – Walking Man
from NEO PI-R tape, 16 track tape collection of lo-fi 4 track recordings, now available on Clan Destine Records.  And also forthcoming 12 inch split LP “Double Feature” with Dirty Beaches, will be co-released by La Station Radar (France) and Night People (US) in June this year.