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Hello Handshake

Hello Handshake

Hello Handshake


It all began with Gary Truenorth in Spring of 1970. Having spent his early years under the creative tutelage of the great French abstract sound-manipulator, Bon Se de Joip, Truthnorth began to pioneer a new school of purposefully obtuse art-rock. He called it: artuse musique. Gary Truenorth experimented with an orchestra of sound from abandoned industrial machinery in the American Rust-Belt. He brought together the sounds of farm equipment, which led him to a new understanding of what music should be. Read more on Last.fm
It all began with Gary Truenorth in Spring of 1970. Having spent his early years under the creative tutelage of the great French abstract sound-manipulator, Bon Se de Joip, Truthnorth began to pioneer a new school of purposefully obtuse art-rock. He called it: artuse musique. Gary Truenorth experimented with an orchestra of sound from abandoned industrial machinery in the American Rust-Belt. He brought together the sounds of farm equipment, which led him to a new understanding of what music should be.

Truenorth scoured the plains of the American Midwest in search of barnyard-animals to act as the vocalists in this new musical genre. It was to be a failed experiment though, as quickly Truenorth would come to understand that cows do not take direction and can not understand proper pitch. Rather than let his life work slip away, Gary Truenorth released a posthumous album as Gary Truenorth and The Barnyard Orchestra Presents: Moo On Cue. Truenorth was disenchanted with collaborative music, and walked away in 1971 to join the Canadian Mounted Police. In the summer of that same year, Gary was shipped off to war in the tiny island nation of Palau.

By Autumn of ‘71, Truenorth began to realize that Palau was not actually at war with anyone. During his stay in Palau, however, Moo On Cue had been picked up by a small independent radio station out of Fort Marble, Ohio. When Truenorth returned to North America, there was a buzz about the music. Truenorth met his muse at a concert in Port Azure, Texas, where he pulled his soon-to-be wife (known always only as Penelope) from the crowd. With Penelope on stage, Truenorth was able to construct three hours of new music live in front of a captivated audience. The various backing musicians, machines and barnyard animals struggled to keep up with Truenorth’s furious pace that night.

The concert concluded with an on-the-spot marriage proposal, followed by an on-stage wedding performed by an ordained minister from the audience. The whole four-hour concert was recorded and released as a 8-record box-set called Gary Truenorth: Here’s to Good Friends, Tonight Is Kind of Special. Gary and Penelope became disenfranchised by live audiences, many of whom (male and female) rushed the stage in hopes that they too would be caught up in the whirlwind of romantic music. In the winter of 1971, the Truenorth family officially retired from touring and sequestered themselves into a cliffside house on the Oregon coast. There, Gary and Penelope invented another new yet-unnamed genre of music.

They collaborated and recorded demos of many timeless compositions. Sadly no one would ever hear these collaborations live - Truenorth and Penelope were killed when an attempt to renovate and expand their house too close to the cliffside lead to collapse. The entire house and all of the recordings slid into the frigid winter ocean below. Fate intervened in 2006 however, when the magnetic recordings washed ashore in - (wait for it) - the tiny island nation of Palau. The children of Palau had grown up hearing the stories of the Great Canadian Mounted Policeman Gary Truenorth, who came to Palau to protect the people from the threat of war.

The years since had given Palau peace, and the people of Palau remembered Gary Truenorth for his service. They sang his songs and taught the farm animals of Palau how to understand pitch - just as Gary Truenorth had always dreamed. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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