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Negativland - Escape From Noise

As soon as I heard the announcer intone "Turn on the blender. The electric can opener," at the beginning of the song "Stress in Marriage," I knew I had found the album for me. "Sycamore" presciently satirizes America's gun laws, and the song "Time Zones" contains an announcement about a leap second, which you can read about here.  1987

The Orb - U.F.Orb

This dispatch from Alex Paterson (the ideas) and Thomas Fehlmann (the music) includes Teilhard de Chardin's third world ("O.O.B.E."), cosmonauts on Venus  ("U.F.Orb"), a bewildered security guard being asked to page the former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie ("Towers of Dub"), and, by appropriating segments from Iowa City sound collagists The Tape-Beatles, samples the samplers ("Majestic").  1992

Banco de Gaia - Last Train to Lhasa

Londoner Toby Marks weaves together a marvelous cloth of driving, rhythmic, textural intensity embedded with countless samples, including looping prayer chants and train sounds in the powerful title track, and in "Amber," the last recorded message of astronaut David Bowman saying, in the film 2010: The Year We Make Contact, "My God, it's full of stars."  1995

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