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David Rosenboom

How much better if Plymouth rock had landed on the pilgrims

Label: New World Records

Format: CDx2

Genre: Electronic

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David Rosenboom (b. 1947) has been widely acclaimed as an innovator in American experimental music since the 1960s. Although much of his work has been collaborative, virtually none of his large-scale collaborative works has hitherto been documented on record. How Much Better If Plymouth Rock Had Landed on the Pilgrims (1969-71) is considered to be one of the most important, prompting the following Washington Post review after a 1970 performance: 'If there were a device whereby one could plug into the deepest levels of human consciousness, and then translate this input into sound, what we would hear would probably resemble How Much Better if Plymouth Rock Had Landed on the Pilgrims, the radical composition by David Rosenboom... The elemental pulsations of the piece seem to echo not only our fundamental biological cycles, but those innate psychical tides that govern the flux of human thought and feeling... The listener becomes receptive to fantasy and hallucination and instants seem stretched to eternities... Rosenboom's idiom poses a new esthetic... Against the ascetic, disciplined, puritanical streak that one associates in this country with the Pilgrims, this new music hurls a rejuvenated sensuality and mysticism.' This is the world-premiere recording of the complete work.
Cat. number: NW 80689
Year: 2009
Composed and developed during the period 1969-71, new realisations and revisions made in 2004 and 2008. All 2008-2009 recordings were made in the Dizzy Gillespie Digital Recording Studio and Roy O. Disney Recital Hall recording Studio at the Herb Alpert School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, and in the composer's personal studio.


Track 1-2 includes historical performance recordings from 1973, 1969 and 1970.

Track 1-5 includes historical performance recordings from 1979.

Track 2-1 features "double rock bands" PLOTZ! and DR. MiNT.

Issued with a 32pp booklet of notes.