Patrick Cowley
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Another volume of gay porn soundtracks by San Francisco-based musician and producer. Patrick Cowley. Perhaps one of the most revolutionary and influential people in the canon of disco music. Cowley created his own brand of Hi-NRG dance music. The San Francisco Sound.By the mid-70s. Patrick s synthesizer skills landed him a job composing and producing songs for disco superstar Sylvester. including hits like “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”. “Dance Disco Heat” and -Stars.- This helped Patrick obtain more work as a remixer and producer. His 18-minute long remix of Donna Summers I Feel Love and his production work with edgy New Wave band Indoor Life were both of particular note. By 1981. Patrick had released a string of dance 12 inch singles. like Menergy and Megatron Man. He also had founded Megatone Records and released his debut album. Menergy. On November 12. 1982. he passed away. In 1979 Patrick was contacted by John Coletti. owner of famed gay porn company Fox Studio in Los Angeles. Muscle Up is a collection of Cowleys instrumental songs recorded between 1973 and 1980 found in the Fox Studio vaults. This compilation also includes bonus compositions found in the basement of Megatone Records owner John Hedges and the attic of former bandmate Maurice Tani. Influenced by Tomita. Wendy Carlos. and Giorgio Moroder. Patrick crafted an electronic sound from his collection of synthesizers. percussion. modified guitars. and hand-built equipment. The songs on Muscle Up are divided into four sides. each showcasing a different facet of Cowley s work. Side one opens with an ambient journey through the Amazon. Tension builds on side two. with the instrumental demo version of the slow-chugging masterpiece I Need Somebody To Love Tonight. On sides three and four things go interstellar with ecstatic space-funk and galactic workouts. Featuring 75 minutes of music. this compilation contains soundtrack music from two Fox Studio films. Muscle Up and School Daze. plus additional songs from the same era. never before released on vinyl. The vinyl comes housed in a extra wide spine jacket and giant fold-out poster featuring a handmade collage using photography and xerox graphics of classic gay porn imagery from the Fox Studio vaults by Berlin-based artist Gwenael Rattke. Each double album also contains a 8x11 glossy promotional Muscle Up replica poster with original VHS artwork plus an essay from Maurice Tani
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