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Artist: BLANK FORMS
Title: Magazine
Format: Book
Label: Blank Forms
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Magazine is the inaugural issue of Blank Forms journal, bringing together a combination of never-before published, lost, and new materials that supplement the non-profits live programs. It is envisioned as a platform for critical reflection and extended dialogue between scholars, artists, and other figures working within the world of experimental music and art. Following "Let Freedom Fry" -- a short statement by Joe McPhee drawing out the contemporary political climate in relation to his practice as a creative improviser -- the magazine is bookended by four texts surrounding the practice of pioneering sound artist Maryanne Amacher; an essay by Bill Dietz on his collaborations with Amacher and his work with her archive; an unpublished 1988 interview highlighting Amachers ideas around her Long Distance Music and Mini Sound Series; a conversation between Marianne Schroeder, Stefan Tcherepnin, and Lawrence Kumpf revealing the archival questions raised by Amachers work; and science fiction writer Greg Bears short story Petra, a tale of gargoyles coming to life and breeding with humans in a post-apocalyptic Notre Dame, from which Amachers 1991 piece got its name. This issue also includes Branden Josephs interview with The Dead Cs Bruce Russell, accompanied by Russells essay exploring the Situationist tradition of "mis-competence" in New Zealand electronic music. Charles Curtis contributed notes on the interpretive challenges posed by a posthumous performance of Terry Jenningss minimalist classic Piece For Cello And Saxophone. Shelley Hirsch, Richard Skidmore, and Dennis Hermanson provide a series of writings on and remembrances of the late Ralston Farina, whose scarcely documented "visual poetry" was an important precursor to what we now call "performance." And from her own 2016 performances at the Emily Harvey Foundation, Dawn Kasper supplies her original proposal document and score notes for an improvisational interpretation. Magazine features two new French-translations: an excerpt from François Bonnets book of phenomenology, The Infra-World, translated by Robin Mackay, and a Christophe Broqua interview with enigmatic huntress of sounds Anne Gillis, translated by Adrian Rew. Ian Nagoskis rare 1998 conversation with Éliane Radigue, conducted and largely ignored at a time when there was little interest in her music, provides one of the clearest overviews of the visionary composers early work and life. Supplementing the texts are numerous archival photos and documents, plus "Dark Matters", a poem by Joe McPhee. Edited by Lawrence Kumpf and Joe Bucciero." - Blank Forms.

Artist: PALESTINE, CHARLEMAGNE
Title: STTT THOMASSS DINGGGDONGGGDINGGGzzzzzzz ferrrr TONYYY
Format: Cass
Label: Blank Forms
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"In memory of the late polymath avant-garde artist Tony Conrad (1940-2016), longtime friend and coconspirator Charlemagne Palestine returned to the site of their first encounter for a tribute performance on what would have been Conrads 77th birthday. Charlemagne Palestine is a composer, performer and visual artist born in Brooklyn in 1947. Often labeled as one of the founders of minimalism alongside Glass, Niblock, Reich, Riley, and Young, he prefers to call himself a "maximalist", eschewing the clinical stereotypes of the former term in favor of a full-blown erotics of possibility that in its ritualistic performance conjures a sense of sacredness without specificity. But before the intoxicating overtones of the Strumming Music (SR 297CD, SSH 003LP) for which he is best known, before the stuffed animals and snifter of cognac that have become his trademark onstage, Palestines first solo performances were as carillonneur of the Saint Thomas Church at 53rd Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan. From 5:00 to 5:30, every day between 1963 and 1970, Palestine operated the 26-bell carillon, starting with the hymns he was expected to play before shifting into improvised "klanggdedangggebannggg" sessions that would form the basis for his incantatory repetitions to come. Palestine hammered the instruments keys with his fists and pounded its pedals with his feet, effectively playing the entire building while relishing the corporeal thrill of the ceremony. Soon known as the Quasimodo of midtown NYC, his performances became a sonic mainstay of the neighborhood, attracting a diverse group of fans including Tony Conrad who, then living in Times Square, one day introduced himself inside the church. The artists became fast friends and collaborators, with Palestine recording some of Conrads work on the carillon and contributing music to his film Coming Attractions(1970). On March 7th, 2017, Palestine climbed the spiral stairs of the Saint Thomas Churchs bell tower once again. This cassette features a full recording of STTT THOMASSS ""DINGGGDONGGGDINGGGzzzzzzz ferrrr TONYYY, preceded by a brief incantation delivered one month later at a Tony Conrad memorial." - Blank Forms.

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