Part of the 31 October concert from the contemporary music series at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, in 1976, which also saw the premiere of Dave Smith's Moderation in Nothing (see the single track EMC-113). Diabolus Apocalypsis is written for two electric organs (Philips Philicordas, a standard instrument in further education colleges throughout Britain in the 1970s); a Fender Rhodes electric piano; and a piano, of which Smith relates the following:
"The piano itself was a legless affair resident in the ICA: I remember it was perched on metal beer barrels. It of course had no pedals which was fine for the piece. Howard managed to bust a string part of the way in . . ."
The recording is by Richard Ascough, and transferred from reel-to-reel tape. The occasional distortion has been transferred from the original, but has been left unaltered for this archival presentation.
released October 17, 2016
Michael Parsons and Dave Smith, Philips Philicorda organs; John Lewis, Fender Rhodes electric piano; Howard Skempton, acoustic piano