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Encyclopedia > The Langley Schools Music Project
Hans Fenger and Wix-Brown Elementary School LP, 1977
Hans Fenger and Wix-Brown Elementary School LP, 1977

The Langley Schools Music Project is a collection of children's chorus recordings made from 1976-77 by Canadian music teacher Hans Fenger in a school gymnasium in Langley, British Columbia, near Vancouver. The students beautifully performed pop hits by the likes of The Beach Boys, David Bowie, and Paul McCartney. The recordings were quickly forgotten until author, WFMU radio DJ, and "outsider music" enthusiast Irwin Chusid rediscovered them in 2000. He managed to get them released on Bar/None Records, and they immediately created an international buzz, making many end-of-the-year best album lists in 2001. VH-1 orchestrated a reunion of the students and their teacher in 2002, and aired a documentary as well. Image File history File links Langley_2. ... Image File history File links Langley_2. ... Langley, British Columbia can mean the following: Township of Langley City of Langley This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Official languages none stated in law; English is de facto Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 36 6 Area Total  â€¢ Land  â€¢ Water    (% of total)  Ranked 5th 944,735... Members of Parliament Libby Davies, Ujjal Dosanjh, David Emerson, Hedy Fry, Stephen Owen Members of the Legislative Assembly Gordon Campbell, David Chudnovsky, Adrian Dix, Colin Hansen, Jenny Kwan, Lorne Mayencourt, Wally Oppal, Gregor Robertson, Shane Simpson, Carole Taylor Mayor Sam Sullivan City Manager Judy Rogers Governing Body Vancouver City Council... The Beach Boys are a pop music group formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961 who are widely considered one of the most influential bands in rock and pop music history. ... David Bowie (born David Robert Hayward-Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English rock singer, musician and actor. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born June 18, 1942) is a British singer, musician and songwriter, who first came to prominence as a member of The Beatles. ... WFMU-FM is a noncommercial radio station in Jersey City, New Jersey, broadcasting at 91. ... Outsider music is music performed either by outsiders, who have some associates in the mainstream music business, or by people who choose to live and work in seclusion, often due to low funds or psychological conditions. ... Irwin Chusid, based in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a film producer, journalist (Film Comment, Mojo, The New York Times, Mix, New Jersey Press, Pulses, New Jersey Times) and radio personality heard in the New York/New Jersey area on the freeform radio station WFMU. Between 1997-2002 he was the... VH1 (which stands for Video Hits 1) is an American cable television channel that was created in 1985. ...


Discography

Lochiel and South Carvolth Schools, 1976

  1. You're So Good To Me
  2. To Know Him Is To Love Him
  3. Help Me, Rhonda
  4. Space Oddity
  5. I'm Into Something Good
  6. Band on the Run
  7. Rhiannon
  8. Little Deuce Coupe
  9. Saturday Night


Hans Fenger/Wix-Brown Elementary School, 1977

  1. Venus and Mars/Rock Show
  2. You're Sixteen
  3. Wildfire
  4. In My Room
  5. I Get Around
  6. The Long and Winding Road
  7. Desperado
  8. Good Vibrations
  9. God Only Knows
  10. Sweet Caroline
  11. Mandy
  12. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
The Langley Schools Music Project CD, 2001
The Langley Schools Music Project CD, 2001

Innocence & Despair, 2001
(Compilation of previous 2 LPs, recorded 1976-77) Image File history File links Langley. ... Image File history File links Langley. ...

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Quotes

  • "The backing arrangement is astounding. Coupled with the earnest if lugubrious vocal performance you have a piece of art that I couldn't have conceived of, even with half of Colombia's finest export products in me." - David Bowie (on "Space Oddity")
  • "The effect of all those young voices singing 'Calling Occupants' is charming." - Richard Carpenter, The Carpenters
  • "When I heard about the Langley project, it seemed very interesting, but I did have the thought that it might sound like children singing off-key in a gym. The reality blew me away-- a haunting, evocative wall-of-sound experience that is affecting in an incredibly visceral way. What an amazing CD!" - Fred Schneider, The B-52s
  • "I find myself calling friends, turning The Langley Schools Music Project up really loud, holding the phone out and going, 'Can you hear that?' I put it on at odd times during the day, tuning it in and out, sometimes wincing as the singers hit a strange note, then shaking my head in puzzled wonder when the music suddenly, and against all odds, transcends the kitsch limitations that seem designed to keep it earthbound and soars off into the realm of true art. It flies -- crooked as a butterfly's flight, but it still flies. I wish every school taught music like this. I wish every piece of music recorded in a school gymnasium were this haunting... and then I suspect that, if I listened to them right, maybe they would be." - Neil Gaiman
  • "I knew virtually nothing about conventional music education, and didn't know how to teach singing. Above all, I knew nothing of what children's music was supposed to be. But the kids had a grasp of what they liked: emotion, drama, and making music as a group. Whether the results were good, bad, in tune or out was no big deal -- they had √©lan. This was not the way music was traditionally taught. But then I never liked conventional 'children's music,' which is condescending and ignores the reality of children's lives, which can be dark and scary. These children hated 'cute.' They cherished songs that evoked loneliness and sadness." - Hans Fenger, Langley music supervisor/arranger

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External links

  • The Langley Schools Music Project: "INNOCENCE AND DESPAIR"

See also: Outsider Music Outsider music is music performed either by outsiders, who have some associates in the mainstream music business, or by people who choose to live and work in seclusion, often due to low funds or psychological conditions. ...


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The Langley Schools Music Project is a collection of children's chorus recordings made from 1976-77 by Canadian music teacher Hans Fenger in a school gymnasium in Langley, British Columbia, near Vancouver.
The recordings were quickly forgotten until author, WFMU radio DJ, and "outsider music" enthusiast Irwin Chusid rediscovered them in 2000.
But then I never liked conventional 'children's music,' which is condescending and ignores the reality of children's lives, which can be dark and scary.
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