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Friday, August 29, 2008

Beautiful video from Texas

A lovely video from the trio of three great young-ish American improvisers: Chris Cogburn, Bonnie Jones, and Liz Tonne. Recorded earlier this year at Austin's No Idea Festival. Watch it in HD!

Bonnie Jones . Chris Cogburn . Liz Tonne - No Idea 2008.

Friday, August 22, 2008


Many thanks to the Other Minds Archive on who posted this incredible interview with electronic pioneer Richard Maxfield. Be sure to check out their vast collection of interviews featuring many leading figures of 20th century composition.

"On June 27, 1969, Richard Maxfield, 42, jumped out of a window of the Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles, ending his tragically short life during which he became known as one of the earliest and foremost electronic music composers. Maxfield studied at U. C. Berkeley, performed concerts widely, and taught at the New School in New York City and then at the San Francisco State University in the late 1960s. In this program, Charles Amirkhanian plays a selection from Maxfield's vast output, including "Night Music" and "Amazing Grace". Also included in this program are excerpts from an interview with Maxfield recorded on November 11, 1960 in which he describes the composition techniques he has used to create his electronic music. In addition this program contains the world premiere of "Jump", a text-sound composition by Amirkhanian that is dedicated to Maxfield."

listen here

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Three short clips of Voice Crack (Andy Guhl, Norbert Moslang and I believe Knut Remond on percussion) directed by Peter Liechti from 1989.

SUBSONICS:: Keith Rowe, Sachiko M, and Toshimaru Nakamura

Here are two selections from the Australian SUBSONICS series.

"Oren Ambarchi, together with Alison & Brendan Walls, have co-produced an experimental TV series called SUBSONICS (6 episodes). Featured artists include Harry Partch, Faust, Francisco Lopez, Keith Rowe/AMM, Sachiko M, Leif Elggren, Masonna, Scott Horscroft, The Thai Elephant Orchestra, Otomo Yoshihide, Fuckhead, Sun Ra, Gcttcatt, Fahalim Ooshcasky, Sue Harding, Phill Niblock, Joyce Hinterding, Ai Yamamoto and others."

More information on the SUBSONICS series can be found here.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Some random ubuweb enjoyments:

David Behrman's "Wave train."

Robert Ashley's odd and fantastic video series "Music with roots in the Aether."

Not all great on this page, but Alan Licht's Who-meets-Blondie minimal synth "mash-up" is stellar: "Bridget O'Riley."

Many great pieces on this compilation. Standouts for me include Greg Kelley's piece, Taku Unami's, and a rare Liz Tonne solo.

CC Hennix on The Electric Harpsichord.

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