Musicworks #28

CanadaFlagContinuo’s Canadian Week


01 Martin Bartlett ‘Recalcitrants Electronics’ 1:46
02 David Rosenboom ‘On Being Visible (excerpt)’ 0:58
03 David Rosenboom ‘Study For Zones’ 9:34
04 Doug Collinge ‘Audience-Sensitive Sound Installation’ 3:15
05 Michael Zagorski ‘Stochastikhos (sound examples)’ 4:58
06 Jim Montgomery ‘Wildfire’ 2:27
07 Daniel Scheidt ‘On Hearing (+AC/DC adaptator)’ 3:33
08 Henry Kaiser ‘Serenade (excerpt)’ 3:17
09 Martin Bartlett ‘New Leaves (excerpt)’ 7:02
10 Susan Frykberg ‘MachineWoman’ 1:06
11 Martin Bartlett ‘Response’ 4:37

Total time: 42:30
Issue #28, Summer 1984

Musicworks #28 starts with Martin Bartlett talking over the canadian telephone network, hence stretching the definition of ‘electroacoustic’ a bit far. Anyway, an apt bravado to launch this tape dedicated to canadian electroacoustic composers. This cassette is a collection of engaging electronic experiments, in a style akin to american electroacoustic experiments – think David Berhman or David Tudor.

David Rosenboom‘s Study For Zones is composed for live percussion and synthesizer sounds. Jim Montgomery‘s Wildfire is a beautiful string trio using RAAD instruments, actually electrified violins. Most of the excerpt here use plucked strings to great effect. Martin Bartlett (1939-1993) was active in the field of live electronic music and computer-controlled synthesizers, both in theatrical and mixed-media contexts. His work often included live electronic sounds along real instruments (he played with Pauline Oliveiros or David Tudor, for instance). He had worked with Don Buchla and David Berhman building new electronic instruments. A founding member of the Western Front artist-run gallery, he is also said to have introduced javanese gamelan music to Toronto’s Simon Fraser University. His ‘New Leaves’ starts like mathematicaly programmed music, getting wild and more complex as the piece progress. The inclusion of guitarist Henry Kaiser is unexpected but his experiments on guitar tonalities fits nicely within this fine electronicists reunion.

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5 Responses to “Musicworks #28”

  1. 1 ankh February 22, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Very interesting Continuo. Thanks. Here you have a link to Kultikula which I strongly recommend to you. I’m interesting in your opinion about this.

  2. 2 jim February 23, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Hey there

    Any idea what might have happened to Serotonin Reuptake Archives?

    His blog seems to have been “disappeared”…

  3. 3 continuo February 23, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Hi Jim, you’re right, at the moment the blog won’t load. But I wouldn’t worry for Protecting Terrorist blog, his is a kind of irregular thing. The other day he posted 5 CDs in one day, just to be able to stay away from his blog for a while. I understand he’s involved in the US elections’ circus at the present time. Plus: he reads books, that kind of old fashioned device that take a loooonnnng time to complete. So maybe he is on vacation from blogging?

  4. 4 damian February 24, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    hi ! hello !

    this blog is great !
    very interesting audios.

    i’ll add it on our links list.

    thnks for all this recordings.

  5. 5 p. somniferum February 24, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Yes, I’m back. They bastards couldn’t keep me down! ;)

    So it’s business as usual, pretty much, over at the bloog.

    Quality rips as usual Continuo.

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