by John Cage has been deleted at the request of the copyright holder.
AGP118 is a
complete transcription of two LPs released on the Nonesuch label in
1970 (H-71224 and H-71231).
The first includes HPSCHD for
harpsichords & computer generated sound tapes by John Cage and
Lejaren Hiller, and String Quartet
No. 2 by Ben Johnston. Both works are available in other
recordings, but two different AGP partisans specifically requested
these original recordings of the works, which I've been assured differ
materially from the recordings currently available on CD. Johnston's
string quartet is one of his microtonal works, more of which can be
found in AGP9.
The second features The Nude Paper
Sermon: Tropes for Actor, Renaissance Consort, Chorus, and Electronics,
by Eric Salzman. I remember listening to this latter work repeatedly in
my youth, but I hadn't heard it in years before transcribing it for
this installment. It is noteworthy among other things for being one of
the earliest art works to be described as "post-modern" (in the LP
liner notes). While the use of that term in 1970 pre-dates the eventual
meaning of the term, the description is apt in that the texts recited
by the actor are not offered in earnest but merely as examples of the
ongoing cultural chatter of the time.
Both LPs are in excellent condition, with only very occasional light
tracking distortion in some of the louder vocal passages in track 3.
The installment includes a PDF file with scans of the liner notes of
the two LPs. I've also scanned an insert with HPSCHD on old-style computer
printout paper with 1 of 10,000 sets of computer-generated instructions
for producing one's own version of HPSCHD
by adjusting volume, treble, and bass controls in each
stereo channel every five seconds. That is, the liner notes say there
were 10,000 such sets, but mine is numbered 12024.
week's installment is one minute too long for an 80-minute CD. If you
are burning to CD, I recommend leaving out the Johnston string quartet
and including it with AGP120.
AGP118 files, right-click on each of the following links and select
Cage/Hiller, HPSCHD [21:04]
02 - Johnston, String Quartet No. 2
03 - Salzman, The Nude Paper
Sermon, side A [21:31]
04 - Salzman, The Nude Paper
Sermon, side B [23:21]