an anthology of noise & electronic music #2

second a-chronology 1936-2003

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The second volume of seven published
from 2001 to 2011, curated, noted and edited
by Guy Marc Hinant.

Slow explorations of the past and the present...
Given the present system of production there are reasons, some of them identifiable, why only a few names emerge in each period. There may also be a preference for concentrating information rather than letting it pile up in disordered fashion. Over the past 40 years the same ten electronic music composers get mentioned again and again (including in music dictionaries and histories). Yet behind them are many other names. Who are they? Second-raters? Not necessarily. For we then need to define the concept of top-rate (rated by who, and on what criteria?) and second-rate or minor artist. Great pleasure can be derived from the works of minor artists. The case of Tod Dockstader is instructive: when "for lack of academic qualifications" he was denied access to the electronic music facilities he needed, was there not great beauty in the pieces he nevertheless created and in his determination to make music without those facilities? His name was never seen on the labels of top record companies. But he influenced quite a few people - Richard James quoted him, and others then referred to his work. Some of his records were reissued, and what one could call the rehabilitation process continues. The same applies to many other composers. All such stories spell a passion for music, and weave myth.

These historical axes
At the turn of the century there were efforts to find new sources of sound - a number of machines were exhibited, including Thaddeus Cahiel's Telharmonium in 1887 and the Dynamophone presented to the New York public in 1906; they generally played well-known romantic or post-romantic pieces. After a few flamboyant skirmishes described in the previous volume, the postwar period saw the arrival in 1951, of Vladimir Ussachevsky and Otto Luening in New York's Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. When audiences of the 50's and 60's first heard Varèse, Pousseur, Stockhausen, Berio, Ussachevsky, Yuasa, Dockstader and Mumma, what did they feel? Perhaps a sort of break, an epistemological break, like it must have been for the first audience of Monteverdi's Orfeo (in Mantua, Italy on 24 February 1607). They left the auditorium completely stunned, because they had never heard anything like it.

Morton Subotnick

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FEATURES

VLADIMIR USSACHEVSKY + OTTO LUENING
LUC FERRARI
TOD DOCKSTADER
JOHANNA M BEYER
MORTON SUBOTNICK
DAPHNE ORAM
SCANNER / ROBIN RIMBAUD
HUGH DAVIES
ALAN R SPLET
KIM CASCONE
YOSHIHIRI HANNO
MEIRA ASHER + GUY HARRIES
WOODY MCBRIDE
LASSE STEEN / CHOOSE
ARCANE DEVICES
LAIBACH
SPK
PERCY GRAINGER
SUN RA
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART

TRACK LISTING 2CD - 3 LP / 21 TRACKS

01 Vladimir Ussachevsky + Otto Luening
Incantation for tape 2:36 / 1953
02 Luc Ferrari Visage V 10:36 / 1958
03 Tod Dockstader Aerial > Song 12:56 / 2002
04 Johanna M. Beyer Music of the spheres 6:00 / 1938
05 Morton Subotnick Mandolin 7:02 / 1962
06 Daphne Oram Four aspects 8:14 / 1960
07 Scanner Emily 4:53 / 1993
08 Hugh Davies Quintet 12:11 / 1967
09 Alan R. Splet Space travel w/
Changing Choral Textures 4:04 / 1980
10 Kim Cascone Zephirum scan 4:49 / 2002
11 Autechre Bronchus one.1 6:04 / 1991
12 Multiphonic Ensemble On/Off edit 9:10 / 2001
13 Meira Asher + Guy Harries Torture /
Bodyparts 3:42 / 2001
14 Choose / Lasse Steen Purzuit ov noize 5:36 / 1994
15 Woody McBride Pulp 6:11 / 1993
16 Arcane Device Lathe 5:56 / 1988
17 Laibach Industrial ambients 9:58 / 1980
18 SPK Slogun 6:15 / 1979
19 Percy Grainger Free music #1
(for four theremins) 1:28 / 1936
20 Sun Ra And The Arkestra Imagination 2:00 / 1965
21 Captain Beefheart She's too much for my mirror/
my human gets me Blues 5:21 / 1969

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