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Philip Corner

PoorManMusic (Art Edition)

Label: Alga Marghen

Format: LP box (artist multiple)

Genre: Sound Art

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Box set, edition limited to 30 copies. Art edition of “PoorManMusic”, a classic Fluxus work by Philip Corner from 1966 and first released by alga marghen in 2015. Edition limited to 30 copies (+ 5 A.P.) including:

A signed and numbered LP sleeve with hand-drawn calligraphy on front and hand-drawn score on the back
A signed and numbered black-vinyl LP record with hand-written labels
A signed and numbered print with hand-made graphic interventions
A signed and numbered score print
A signed and numbered 4-page printed text with graphics
Dry leaves
A wooden comb
A metal ring
A piece of black and white fabric
Four plastic bottle caps in different colors
Two ropes
A date pit
A cherry pit

 …the whole magnificently included in a luxury linen box.


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
and does
claps, slaps, stamps. Rubbing and scratching: body, all
parts, and clothing if any
voices. And all the sounds your voice and breath and throat
may make
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

Cat. number: ALGA 048LP
Year: 2016

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