NEUHAUS, MAX: New York School

Code: 22NMN.052
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Known now as one of the pioneers of sound art, Neuhaus trained and was active in the early '60's as a percussionist. These recordings, made between 1964 &1968 in New York, London, Koln, and Chicago present 3 interpretations each of three pieces by Cage, Brown and Feldman. The Brown (four systems) feature amplified cymbals, the Feldman (The King of Denmark) metal, wood and occasional drum is played with the fingers, and is modestly great., the Cage (Realization '64 and Realization '65) are wildly different again; for '64 he chose amplified Tam Tam, automobile string, a wood scraper, tympani and a radio, for '65 (both versions) he constructed a frame with metal rods, wood, rawhide and plastic and amplified it with contact microphones, then he made a tape from Realization '64 to accompany himself. Clean, dry sounds, very electronic, hard to imagine it being played. Good 16pp booklet with thorough notes, scores and photographs. Altogether an excellent collection, and rare - a very useful addition to the record of an important period.