- Anthony Moore
Infobox musical artist
Name = Anthony Moore
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Anthony Moore
Alias = Anthony More, A. More
Born = 1948
Guitar, Keyboards, Singing
Progressive rock Experimental music
Years_active = 1970 – present
Polydor, Virgin, Parlophone
Slapp Happy, Henry Cow, LMS
Anthony Moore (also known as Anthony More¶) (born ) is a British
experimental music composer, performer and producer. He was a founding member of the band Slapp Happy, worked with Henry Cowand has made a number of solo albums, including " Flying Doesn't Help" (1978) and "World Service" (1981).
As a lyricist, Moore has collaborated with
Pink Floydon two of their albums, " A Momentary Lapse of Reason" (1987) and " The Division Bell" (1994), with Kevin Ayerson various projects and also contributed lyrics to Trevor Rabin's "Can't Look Away" (1989).
Anthony Moore's musical career began when he met
Peter Blegvad, while both were students at St Christopher School, Letchworth. They played in various bands, including Slapp Happy (the name was a reference to Blegvad's then-girlfriend) cite web |url=http://calyx.club.fr/mus/blegvad_peter.html |title=Peter Blegvad biography |work=The Canterbury Website |accessdate=2007-04-18 ] and the Dum-Dums. After school Moore studied Indian classical musicwith Viram Jasaniin 1969, and went on to compose his first film soundtrack for David Larcher's "Mare's Tale".
In 1971 Moore moved to
Hamburg, Germanyand worked in Hamburg's experimental musicscene, recording two minimalist albums for PolydorGermany. In 1972 Blegvad visited Moore in Hamburg and, along with Moore's girlfriend Dagmar Krause, Moore (guitar, keyboards), Blegvad (guitar) and Krause (vocals) formed the avant-pop trio, Slapp Happy. Moore and Blegvad composed the band's music.
Slapp Happy recorded two albums for Polydor Germany with
krautrockgroup Faust as their backing band. Polydor released the first, " Sort Of" in 1972, but rejected the second, "Casablanca Moon". This rejection prompted Slapp Happy to relocate to Londonwhere they signed up with Virgin Recordsand re-recorded "Casablanca Moon", released in 1974 by Virgin as "Slapp Happy". (The original "Casablanca Moon" was later released by Recommended Recordsas " Acnalbasac Noom" in 1980.) In 1974 Slapp Happy merged briefly with avant-garderock group Henry Cow, recording two albums in 1975, " Desperate Straights" and " In Praise of Learning". However soon after recording the second album, first Moore, then Blegvad left the amalgamation on account of incompatibilities with the group. Blegvad remarked that the "chords and the time signatures were too complicated." But Krause elected to remain with Henry Cow and that spelt the end of Slapp Happy.
Moore and Blegvad parted company at this point, but did reunite for brief Slapp Happy reunions in 1982-1983, 1997 and 2000. Moore, Blegvad and Krause also collaborated in 1991 on a
BBC-commissioned television opera"Camera" which was broadcast two years later on Channel 4in the United Kingdom.
After leaving Henry Cow/Slapp Happy, Moore relaunched his solo career in 1977 by releasing "Out" on Virgin Records, with backing by
Kevin Ayersand Andy Summers. "Out", however, was not commercial enough for Virgin, and they cancelled Moore's contract. In 1978 and 1981 Moore recorded "Flying Doesn't Help" and "World Service", respectively on independent labels. Both albums were well received. [ cite web |url=http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:gifexqygld6e~T1 |title=Anthony Moore biography |work=All Music Guide |first=Michael |last=Jourdan |accessdate=2007-04-18 ]
Moore has worked in various
European locations as a freelance composer, writing songs and film scores. He has produced a number of albums, including This Heat's "This Heat" (1978) and collaborated with Pink Floydon two of their albums.
In 1996 Moore was appointed professor for research into sound and music in the context of new media at the
Academy of Media Artsin Cologne, Germany. From 2000 to 2004 he was the principal of the Academy of Media Arts. Moore has also travelled to many European locations, presenting lectures on sound and music.
In 2002 Moore formed a music trio with
Jörg Lindenmaierand Peter C. Simoncalled LMS [ cite web |url=http://www.p3c7.de/index17.html |title=Das Turing-Projekt von LMS |first=Peter C. |last=Simon |accessdate=2007-10-10 ] , named after the first letters of their surnames. They performed in Franceand Germany between 2002 and 2003.
Bands and projects
Sort Of" (1972, LP, Polydor)
*"Slapp Happy" (also known as "Casablanca Moon") (1974, LP,
Acnalbasac Noom" (1980, LP, Recommended Records)
Ça Va" (1997, CD, V2 Records)
*"Live in Japan" (2000, CD,
FMN Records) ;With Henry Cow
Desperate Straights" (1974, LP, Virgin Records)
In Praise of Learning" (1975, LP, Virgin Records);With Peter Blegvadand Dagmar Krause
*"Camera" (2000, CD,
*"Pieces from the Cloudland Ballroom" (1971, LP,
*"Reed Whistle and Sticks" (1972, LP,
*"Secrets of the Blue Bag" (1972, LP,
*"Out" (1976, LP,
Flying Doesn't Help" (1978, LP, Quango)
*"World Service" (1981, LP,
Do It Records)
*"The Only Choice" (1984, LP,
*"Johnny's Dead" / "Mr.Rainbow" (1975, 7",
*"Catch a Falling Star" / "Back to the Top" (1976, 7",
*¶ Anthony Moore credited himself as "Anthony More" on all his solo albums from "Flying Doesn't Help" (1978) onwards.
* [http://www.khm.de/personen/staff/moore_e.htm Academy of Media Arts] . "Prof. Anthony Moore".
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