Getty Research Institute
The 1950s was a decade of experimental notational practice in which the performer's role was recast from interpretation to realization. Visiting Getty researcher Philip Thomas (University of Huddersfield, UK) presents a lecture on American composer Christian Wolff and his composition, "For Pianist," which was first performed by David Tudor. This lecture explores the demands facing the performer in "For Pianist" and the performing tradition established by David Tudor, as detailed in the David Tudor archive at the Getty Research Institute, and features performances of solo piano works composed by Wolff in the 1950s
University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery
The Dick Higgins Collection spans the years 1958 to 2002 and is 17.5 linear feet. Materials include artwork, publications, and exhibition items. Over one hundred items have been cataloged and are searchable in the USMAI catalog; like the rest of the collection materials, these publications can be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room only. There are three major divisions within the Dick Higgins Collection and they correspond to the official series: a sampling of Dick Higgins' artwork, publications, and exhibition materials; publications from Something Else Press; and individual and collaborative artwork and publications from members of the greater Fluxus movement. With the exception of the ReFlux Editions items housed in Series III. B, all items were donated from Higgins' studio by Alison Knowles. Selections from ReFlux Editions' "Flux Kit" collection were purchased by the library in 2002. This collection provides an overview of Fluxus artwork and includes rare examples from ... Read More
Stanford University
Interviews with avant-garde composers by musicologist Olivia Mattis, conducted while Mattis was a doctoral student at Stanford University studying Edgard Varèse. Thus, many of the subjects are family and associates of Varèse (many of whom are from the art world rather than music), and his name tends to come up in many of the interviews. Mattis was also the first person to interview Léon Thérémin after he emerged from over fifty years of Soviet seclusion in 1989. While the transcript for this interview has been published, less commonly found is the recording from the same tape of a theremin demonstration played by his daughter Natalia. The collection also contains a rare interview with rock musician Frank Zappa, a known Varèse acolyte. Musicians, conductors, and artists are also among the interviewed. Sessions were in English and other languages (French, Russian) with an interpreter, and took place for the most part in Paris and New York City. These first generation copies ... Read More
New York Public Library
Alvin Lucier (born 1931) is an American composer who is best known for exploring the nature of sound and sonic environments. His papers, dating from 1939 to 2015, strongly represent his career as a composer and pedagogue over five decades. Most of the collection consists of scores, sound recordings, moving images, subject files, photographs, correspondence, and programs. Also present are datebooks, diaries, posters, notebooks, and clippings
Yale University
A bookwork created by Knížák, circa 1979, that documents and expresses his ideas about music. The work consists of a hinged cover that includes three essays in English and one essay in Czech, nine collages, seven ink drawings, and six phonograph records in various stages of alteration and mounted on boards
Cornell University Libraries
The David Tibet Current 93 archive covers Tibet's life and career from his childhood to the present. The archive includes extensive manuscript material, a nearly-comprehensive collection of Tibet's musical releases and published books, production materials (including artwork proofs and album masters), unreleased writings and music recordings, and supporting ephemera. The archive represents a significant resource for the study of British underground/outsider music and art
Getty Research Institute
Twenty-four personal, intimate letters from John Cage to Pauline Schindler, wife of American architect Rudolf Schindler, dated from 1934 to 1959, mostly written while Cage lived in Los Angeles. The letters brim with youthful exuberance and verge on the poetic. Interspersed, Cage describes his music studies with Wendell Hoss (French horn) and Arnold Schönberg (counterpoint), his relationship with Richard Buhlig and his own early compositional work. His accounts of concerts illustrate Cage's active involvement and interest in the Los Angeles music scene and his musical tastes. Additionally, Cage mentions his relationship with and impending marriage to Xenia. The collection also includes three drafts of letters from Schindler to Cage, ca. 1935, and a copy of a letter from her to Rockwell Kent, dated 1964, in which she quotes Cage, who relates his work to chaos
Getty Research Institute
Audio tracks produced by the Getty Research Institute for the listening station in the exhibit "SEA TAILS: a Video Collaboration.". -- The sources of the recordings are in the Getty's collections as follows: example 1 is from track 3, Side A from David Tudor, Sea Tails, 1983 (David Tudor papers, accession no. 980039, C19); example 2 is a mix from the 3 DVDs of Mollie Davies, Sea Tails [videorecording], 1983 (accession no. 2003.M.24); and example 3 is from Documentation of Sea tails video installation, Theater am Turm, Frankfurt, Germany [videorecording], 1983 October (accession no. 2004.M.5)
New York University Libraries
Magie Dominic (1944- ) is a Canadian writer and artist. She studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and was an influencial member of the Off-Off-Broadway movement, performing in and directing numerous productions at Joe Cino's Caffe Cino. Her 2002 memoir The Queen of Peace Room , an exploration of memory and violence against women, was shortlisted for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award, and the Judy Grahn Award. This collection consists of an Acker Award presented to Dominic in 2017. The award honors members of the avant garde arts community for outstanding contributions "in their discipline in defiance of convention, or served their fellow writers and artists in outstanding ways." The award itself is a small collection of artifacts contributed by the other New York City award recipients as well as a copy of the annual Ackers "chapbook" which contains photographs and biographies of all of the year's honorees


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