David Van Tieghem is a percussionist, composer, performer and sound
designer, keyboardist, performance artist, video artist, actor who has free-lanced with the likes of Steve Reich& Musicians, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno & David Byrne, the Manhattan Percussion Ensemble, Stevie Nicks, Jon Gibson, Talking Heads, Robert Fripp, Scott Johnson, Robert Gordon, Duran Duran, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sergei Kuryokhin, Pink Floyd, John Cale, Chris Spedding, Richard Peaslee, Nona Hendryx, Jerry Harrison, Yoshiko Chuma & the School of Hard Knocks, Adrian Belew, Merce Cunningham, Graciela Daniele, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Big Apple Circus, Ned Sublette, Lenny Pickett, Michael Nyman, David Moss, Robert Ashley, and Peter Gordon's Love of Life Orchestra and probably many more and but I’m already kinda out of breath. No! Wait, I have just about enough left to say the most important thing: He is an experimental rock artist. Which is what brings me to the first of the two psychedelic record covers featured today.
In 1986 the track was picked and experimented upon by Mr. Van Tieghem to the max. Have a listen to his track which I’ve provided below.
The designer has done a fab job with the sleeve cover and the art is pretty psychedelic. The psychedelic painting on the cover was by Bruno Schmidt/Celso Adolfo and the photo of the painting was taken by Tseng
Kwong Chi, a photographer quite active in the East Village art scene in the
This record (1): In A Gadda Da Vida by David Van Tieghem
12” Single, 1986, Wide Angle Records
Larry Saltzman on guitar.
Mr. David Van Tieghem on everthing else that includes Percussion, Vocals, Producer, Analogue Synthesizer, Digital Synthesizer and Electronic Percussion
Body Painting: Bruno Schmidt/Celso Adolfo
Front Cover Photo: Tseng Kwong Chi
Cover Design: Dromette
The second record is by Iron Butterfly who originally released In A Gadda Da Vida, the LP in 1968. It is considered one of the greatest albums of the late 60s psychedelic rock explosion. The title track, which really ought to be: In The Garden Of Eden, but when performed by Iron Butterfly under the influence of alcohol or drugs or so they say, spewed forth as: In A Gadda Da Vida and so it remains today. This 17 minute track was one of the most decisive acid rock song of that era and having sold more than 30 millions copies worldwide, Iron Butterfly will forever be remembered as the first heavy metal band.
On my search for information regarding the cover art and design I discovered some interesting information and I quote: “It was the time of psychedelic music – music associated with mind-altering, hallucinogenic drugs. Butterfly imagery was cool at the time, part of the “counter-cultural” fare and quite acceptable. As for the “iron” part, well yes, that was psychedelically appropriate, too. But perhaps you had to be doing drugs to grasp the full meaning and context of how “heavy” it all was….”
This record (2)
In A Gadda Da Vida by Iron Butterfly
12” LP, Atco, 1968
Photo: Stephen Paley
Sleeve Design: Loring Eutemay
Go to www.ricsrecordsrack.com for more information. These records are still available.