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A Concert of New Music (August 26, 1963)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 63 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

A recording of a concert of new music held on August 26, 1963 at the Pocket Theatre in New York City as a benefit for the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. According to a New York Times review the star of the event was a rhythmic music machine created by the Fluxus artist and composer Joe Jones. The machine, called a Melchior (sp?), looked like a coat tree and included two violins, metronomes, a clock, some Japanese wood chimes, a fan, and apparently a small steam engine, under which soloist Alison Knowles attempted to start a fire, alas to no avail. However although the steam engine never got fired up the resulting sounds from the other parts of the machine proved quite pleasant to the ear. Other works heard during this event, (and not necessarily in the original order), included “Ergodos 2/3/” an electronic tape piece by James Tenney, and a wind trio with tape called “Ludlow Blues” by Malcom Goldstein, performed by the Arthur Layzer, clarinet, La Monte Young, sopranino sax, and Phil Corner, trombone. In the second half of this recording we hear Jospeh Byrd’s “Water Music,” a piece for percussion and tape, performed by Max Neuhaus. This is followed by “Densities II,” also by Byrd, and scored for clarinet, saxophone, marimba and violin. These both represent Byrd’s early interest in avant-garde and minimal music. Byrd went on to experiment with psychedelic rock music forming several bands, he also wrote scores for a number of experimental movies, and then eventually became a music teacher at the College of the Redwoods in California. The program concludes with “High Contrast” a work for extremely amplified harpsichord by Phil Corner, which he played with his forearms in the same style as Henry Cowell’s famous “tone-clusters.”

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Percussion for Five, for self-playing percussion machine (9:45) / Joseph Jones -- Ergodos 2/3/ [probably also known as Ergodos II] (1964) (11:57) / James Tenney -- Ludlow Blues, for clarinet, saxophone, trombone, and tape (1963) / Malcolm Goldstein
Performers:  Arthur Layzer, clarinet (Ludlow)
La Monte Young, saxophone (Ludlow)
Philip Corner, trombone (Ludlow)
Malcolm Goldstein, conductor (Ludlow)
Genres:  New Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  New music; Mechanical musical instrument music; Unconventional Instruments; Electronic music; Wind trios (Clarinet, trombone, saxophone)
People:  Jones, Joe, 1934- ; Tenney, James; Goldstein, Malcolm, 1936-; Layzer, Arthur; Young, La Monte; Corner, Philip
Recording Date:  8/26/1963
First Broadcast Date:  10/11/1963
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Water Music, for percussion and tape (12:00) / Joseph Byrd -- Densities II, for clarinet, saxophone, marimba, and violin (10:06) / Joseph Byrd -- High Contrast, for amplified harpsichord (1962) (8:00) / Philip Corner
Performers:  Max Neuhaus, percussion ; marimba (Water ; Densities)
Malcolm Goldstein, violin (Densities)
Arthur Layzer, clarinet (Densities)
La Monte Young, saxophone (Densities)
Philip Corner, conductor ; harpsichord (Densities ; High)
Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; New Music
Subject:  New music; Electronic and percussion music; Quartets (Clarinet, marimba, saxophone, violin); Harpsichord music
People:  Byrd, Joseph; Corner, Philip; Neuhaus, Max; Goldstein, Malcolm, 1936-; Layzer, Arthur; Young, La Monte
Recording Date:  8/26/1963
First Broadcast Date:  9/20/1967
 
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