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David Tudor

Three Works For Live Electronics

Label: Lovely Music

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

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Originally released on Lovely Music as Pulsers / Untitled in 1984. This re-release includes an additional piece from David Tudor, Phonemes. Pulsers explores the world of rhythms created electronically by analog, rather than digital, circuitry. With analog circuitry, the time-base common to the rhythms can be varied in many different ways by a performer, and can eventually become unstable. Untitled is a part of a series of works composed in the 1970s that were developed through experiments in generating electronic sound without the use of oscillators, tone generators, or recorded natural sound materials. Composed in 1972, it was designed for simultaneous performance with John Cage's vocalization of his Mesostics Re Merce Cunningham. The work was revived in 1982, and performed with improvised vocals by Takehisa Kosugi. Phonemes was commissioned by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for Cunningham's dance Channels/Inserts (1981), a work made both as a "filmdance" and for the stage. Phonemes employs two discrete processes which provide input source material for an array of sound modifying electronics, thus creating a multitude of outputs. David Tudor, electronics, with Takehisa Kosugi, electronic violin and vocals; produced and recorded by David Tudor, Nicolas Collins, and John D.S. Adams.

Details
Cat. number: LCD 1601
Year: 1996
Notes:

Tracks 1 and 2 originally released on LP
Track 3 was a bonus track not included on the original LP release.

Pulsers composed in 1976 incorporates an improvised tape part performed by Takehisa Kosugi with his electronic violin.
Untitled composed in 1972 was designed for simultaneous performance with John Cage's vocalisation of "Mesostics Re Merce Cunningham". Revised in 1982 and performed by Takehisa Kosugi (vocals).
Phonemes was commissioned for a performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in March 1981.

Tracks 1 and 2 recorded at Airshaft Studio.

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