New York in the Sixties

New York in the Sixties

Whether conceptual or performance art, electronic music, counterculture, minimalism, drone music, or Fluxus. New York is a hotbed for all sorts of experiments during the Sixties. With Angus MacLise, Henry Flynt, La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela, Richard Maxfield and more.

This show was 74th in Mixcloud’s global experimental chart.

Vladimir Ussachevsky – Wireless Fantasy

meant to evoke the early period of radio communication, realized at Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (1960, Ellipsis Arts)

Richard Maxfield – Bacchanale

musique concrète collage containing no sounds of electronic origin (1963, New World Records)

La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela – Oceans

aborted session for an LP on CBS (1969, not on label)

Angus MacLise / Tony Conrad – Druid’s Leafy Nest

collaboration between The Velvet Underground’s first drummer and the pioneer of drone music (undated recording, Boo-Hooray)

Jack Smith – Buffalo Song

the icon of early underground cinema and performance art got inspired by one of the first super stars of country music, Jimmie Rodgers (between 1962 and ’64, Table Of The Elements)

Henry Flynt – Raga Electric

Indian raga tradition through the lens of a conceptual artist (1966, Locust Music)

Tuli Kupferberg – Fields Matrimonial Service

enactment of marriage advertisements (1966, ESP Disk)

John Cale – Terry’s Cha-Cha

pop song dedicated to saxophonist Terry Jennings (1967, Table Of The Elements)

Henry Flynt & The Insurrections – Missionary Stew

Avant-garde garage rock, driven by experimental primitivism (1966, Locust Music)

William S. Burroughs – Inching – Is this machine recording?

exploring the Inching technique on a reel-to-reel recorder (1965, Industrial Records)

Plastic Clock Radio/Steve Weber/Gerard Malanga and Ingrid Superstar/The Velvet Underground/Marion Brown, Scott Holt and Ron Jackson – The East Village Other

gathering of New York’s counterculture to support the radical underground newspaper (excerpt, 1966, ESP Disk)

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