The legandary PoorManMusic (1966) a conceptual piece centered on the percussive possibilities of the human body
The simplest materials
and the things your own body is
claps, slaps, stamps. Rubbing and scratching: body, all
parts, and clothing if any
voices. And all the sounds your voice and breath and throat
except words. Although a mightbe rare&special one-
sound deep word and meaning
/ warning, affectations show up. If sincere, express.
Better a middle and easy utterance of like natural
& thus beyond outside things, but the matter might be simple
sticks of every day life. The small stones and the fabrics
papers and textures, easily picked up. Rattle, rattles, nuts
little bells, seeds
this is not quite all of homemade noise
Homemade noise made by, among others, Philip Corner, Max Neuhaus, Steve Reich, James Tenney, Malcolm Goldstein, Jackson Mac Low, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Carolee Schneemann, Jerome Rothenberg... the Technicians of the Sacred. Gift Event III: A Celebration for poets, musicians, and dancers, based on the orders of the Seneca Indian Eagle Dance and performed at the Judson Dance Theatre, Judson Memorial Church, New York City, March 21 and 22, 1967. A part of the Spring Happenings.
The group cohesion and reentering and listen
ing (ensemble sensitive)
Out of flux of differing individual tempi, to fuse into one
Felt agreed beat
(this is easier, very easy, than it may seem)
In period of pulse - polyphony... non-rationalizable multipl
licity of the beats.
And the whole at ease. If ever at extremes
of intensity, and moving towards their implications of passions,
let it relax and tend intowards the mean, just the energy and
the continuing which is devotion in every day life and works.
Historical recording of previously unpublished Fluxus classic masterpiece available now in a limited edition of 300 copies. Pulse polyphony!