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Paul DeMarinis, Robert Ashley

In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven There Were... (CD)

Label: Lovely Music, Ltd.

Format: CD

Genre: Sound Art

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**Deluxe slip-cased version features a 110-page book** Definitive CD reissue of this original Cramps label album from 1974, an early classic from Robert Ashley with music provided by Paul DeMarinis. This deluxe slip-cased version features a 110-page book, reproducing the original John Barton Wolgamot text along with fascinating liner notes explaining the whole project from Keith Waldrop and Robert Ashley. The CD features one long composition with Ashley reading a text by poet John Barton Wolgamot. The poem has 128 stanzas; each stanza is made up of the same phrase, into which are introduced four variables, three are names or groups of names or constructions of names, and the fourth variable is formed by the adverb of the active verb. The result is considered "one of the most unusual and difficult linguistic textures in the English language." The underlying music is supplied by Paul DeMarinis on Moog synthesizer. Ashley on DeMarinis: "[Paul] has elaborated seven different modular combinations, each of which can be controlled by programmed impulses. These derive from the sound of the reading of the poem passed through the regeneration high frequency filter and successively translated into a series of command impulses."

Cat. number: LCD 4921
Year: 2007
Recorded at the Center For Contemporary Music, Mills College, 1973.
CD comes in paper slipcase with booklet including essays about John Barton Wolgamot by Keith Waldrop and Robert Ashley and the complete text of In Sara, Mencken, Christ And Beethoven There Were Men And Women.