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Harvey Matusow on ICES ‘72, and Other International Endeavors

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 48 min
Event Type: Interview Program Origin: KPFA

In a program recorded on March 1, 1972 in the KPFA studio, Harvey Matusow describes the International Carnival of Experimental Sounds (ICES ‘72), an avant-garde music festival, based on the theme of myth, magic, madness and mysticism, that was scheduled to be held in August 1972 in London. Participating in the discussion are Stan Lunetta and Art Woodbury of “Source Magazine”, Lars-Gunnar Bodin of Stockholm’s Fylkingen Society, Robert Ashley of Mills College, and program host Charles Amirkhanian. Part comedian and clown, Matusow was once known as the “most hated man in America” for his role in informing, or misinforming, on Communists, including Pete Seeger, during the McCarthy Era. In this program Matusow, goes on to discuss the International Society for the Abolition of Data Processing Machines, an organization of which he was the founder and chairman, and which he claims represented thousand of computer operators in over 40 countries who serve as watchdogs against the misuse of computer equipment. Following these expositions of two of Matusow’s 17 international projects then underway, London’s maddest New Yorker, descends to the depths of his consciousness to relate tales the microphone should not have heard, but with his permission were eventually broadcast any ways. A further description of ICES ‘72 and a recording of many of the pieces performed at the Festival can be found at http://www.pogus.com/ICES01.html.

Warning: contains obscenities.

Genres:  Avant-Garde; New Music
Subject:  Matusow, Harvey, 1926-; International Carnival of Experimental Sounds; International Society for the Abolition of Data Processing Machines; Music festivals; Avant-garde (Music) ; New music; Avant-garde (Art); Conspiracies; Anti-communist movements
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Matusow, Harvey, 1926-; Lunetta, Stanley; Woodbury, Arthur; Bodin, Lars-Gunnar, 1935-; Ashley, Robert, 1930-
Recording Date:  3/1/1972
First Broadcast Date:  3/15/1972
 
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