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. 66-minute program with Angus MacLise, Henry Flynt, La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela, Richard Maxfield, and more.
Only 5 of the 11 tracks are on Spotify.
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)