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The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde

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"Who knew, prior to this lovingly detailed account, that five musical discontents could construct what amounted to a cultural particle accelerator in a small San Franciscan house? This book allows readers a window onto the confluence of artistry, innovation, drugs, sexuality, poverty, resourcefulness and, most importantly, the sense of fun that permeated the air during those years."—Richard Henderson, critic for The Wire magazine

"As I devoured this vibrantly detailed history of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, I found myself wishing repeatedly that I'd been born a couple of decades earlier, so I could have been present for a string of historic events: the debut of the Don Buchla synthesizer, the premiere of Terry Riley's In C, Ramon Sender's Tropical Fish Opera, Pauline Oliveros's multimedia concert at the Trips Festival. The heroes of the Center were in the business of realizing unimagined possibilities, and they did much to shape the legendary culture of San Francisco in the later sixties."—Alex Ross

"Hats off to David Bernstein for flooding a dark corner of recent musical history with new light, as warm as it is brilliant."—Richard Taruskin, author of The Oxford History of Western Music

"This high-voltage oral history takes us straight back to the West Coast epicenter of experimental music in the early 1960s, where synthesizers and tape loops met light shows and LSD, and Merry Pranksters hung with the masters of minimalism. Reading it is like visiting a foreign country and realizing you were born there."—Fred Turner, author of From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism

Synopsis:

This book tells the story of the influential group of creative artists--Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, William Maginnis, and Tony Martin--who connected music to technology during a legendary era in California's cultural history. An integral part of the robust San Francisco "scene," the San Francisco Tape Music Center developed new art forms through collaborations with Terry Riley, Steve Reich, David Tudor, Ken Dewey, Lee Breuer, the San Francisco Actor's Workshop, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Ann Halprin Dancers' Workshop, Canyon Cinema, and others. Told through vivid personal accounts, interviews, and retrospective essays by leading scholars and artists, this work, capturing the heady experimental milieu of the sixties, is the first comprehensive history of the San Francisco Tape Music Center.

Synopsis:

This book tells the story of the influential group of creative artists—Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, William Maginnis, and Tony Martin—who connected music to technology during a legendary era in California's cultural history. An integral part of the robust San Francisco “scene,” the San Francisco Tape Music Center developed new art forms through collaborations with Terry Riley, Steve Reich, David Tudor, Ken Dewey, Lee Breuer, the San Francisco Actor's Workshop, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Ann Halprin Dancers' Workshop, Canyon Cinema, and others. Told through vivid personal accounts, interviews, and retrospective essays by leading scholars and artists, this work, capturing the heady experimental milieu of the sixties, is the first comprehensive history of the San Francisco Tape Music Center.

About the Author

David W. Bernstein is Professor of Music and Head of the Music Department at Mills College. He is coeditor, with Christopher Hatch, of Writings Through John Cages Music, Poetry, and Art and Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by John Rockwell

Then, Now, and Then Again (A Preface), by Johannes Goebel

Introduction, by David W. Bernstein

The SFTMC: Emerging Art Forms and the American Counterculture, by David W. Bernstein

The SFTMC: A Report, by Ramon Sender

Overview of the Tape Music Center's Goals, by Ramon Sender

Ramon Sender and William Maginnis, interviewed by David W. Bernstein and Maggi Payne

Memoir of a Community Enterprise, by Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros, interviewed by David W. Bernstein and Maggi Payne

Music as Studio Art, by Morton Subotnick

Morton Subotnick, interviewed by David W. Bernstein and Maggi Payne

Composing with Light, by Tony Martin

Tony Martin, interviewed by David W. Bernstein and Maggi Payne

Don Buchla, interviewed by David W.Bernstein and Maggi Payne

Michael Callahan, interviewed by Thomas M. Welsh

The Great Grand Kludge! by William Maginnis

Terry Riley, interviewed by David W. Bernstein and Maggi Payne

Anna Halprin, interviewed by David W. Bernstein

Stewart Brand, interviewed by David W. Bernstein

Stuart Dempster, interviewed by Thomas M. Welsh

Chronology, by Thomas M. Welsh

Archival Recordings

DVD Program Notes

Bibliography

List of Illustrations

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520256170
Author:
Bernstein, David W.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Preface by:
Goebel, Johannes
Preface:
Goebel, Johannes
Foreword by:
Rockwell, John
Foreword:
Rockwell, John
Author:
Goebel, Johannes
Author:
Rockwell, John
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Avant-garde (music)
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Keyboard
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - Counter Culture
Subject:
Electronic music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Avant-garde (Music) -- United States.
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 color photographs, 29 b/w photographs
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 1 in 27 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This book tells the story of the influential group of creative artists--Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, William Maginnis, and Tony Martin--who connected music to technology during a legendary era in California's cultural history. An integral part of the robust San Francisco "scene," the San Francisco Tape Music Center developed new art forms through collaborations with Terry Riley, Steve Reich, David Tudor, Ken Dewey, Lee Breuer, the San Francisco Actor's Workshop, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Ann Halprin Dancers' Workshop, Canyon Cinema, and others. Told through vivid personal accounts, interviews, and retrospective essays by leading scholars and artists, this work, capturing the heady experimental milieu of the sixties, is the first comprehensive history of the San Francisco Tape Music Center.
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This book tells the story of the influential group of creative artists—Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, William Maginnis, and Tony Martin—who connected music to technology during a legendary era in California's cultural history. An integral part of the robust San Francisco “scene,” the San Francisco Tape Music Center developed new art forms through collaborations with Terry Riley, Steve Reich, David Tudor, Ken Dewey, Lee Breuer, the San Francisco Actor's Workshop, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Ann Halprin Dancers' Workshop, Canyon Cinema, and others. Told through vivid personal accounts, interviews, and retrospective essays by leading scholars and artists, this work, capturing the heady experimental milieu of the sixties, is the first comprehensive history of the San Francisco Tape Music Center.
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