CORNER, PHILIP: From the Judson Years

 
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11 pieces of early Fluxus style home-made electronics (meaning only that it was done on cheap home equipment, not in radio stations, university facilities or studios, though, in fact, two pieces here were made in studios ). There is much made of poor quality, overloading the equipment, creative use of household appliances and objects for source sounds. Especially interesting - for me - is the 1962 piece 'Thais' - a cutup collage of Massenet's opera, with some jazz and other snippets flown in - a very early plunder piece. Most of these works were commissioned for dance, multimedia performances or the Living Theatre. For them there is a fair amount of radical noise, almost Mezbow-like at times (though decades earlier). In general, this is extremely interesting rather than a listening pleasure. Excellent book with photographs and text by Corner himself, about the works, their generation and their application.




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