Fontana Mix

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Él Records issues this hip little compilation of early and prime electronic work by John Cage. The title track (named for his landlady), recorded in 1958, has been out of print for decades and makes its debut appearance on CD here. Cage fans will note this is one of the very few recorded occasions where the composer delved into formal musique concrète. This version was recorded for magnetic tape alone. "The City Wears a Slouch Hat," with Cage accompanying poet Kenneth Patchen on one of his radio plays, has been issued before. Well-known pieces that are also included here are "Music for Carillon No. 1" and "Williams Mix" (both from 1952), as well as "First Construction in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Él Records issues this hip little compilation of early and prime electronic work by John Cage. The title track (named for his landlady), recorded in 1958, has been out of print for decades and makes its debut appearance on CD here. Cage fans will note this is one of the very few recorded occasions where the composer delved into formal musique concrète. This version was recorded for magnetic tape alone. "The City Wears a Slouch Hat," with Cage accompanying poet Kenneth Patchen on one of his radio plays, has been issued before. Well-known pieces that are also included here are "Music for Carillon No. 1" and "Williams Mix" (both from 1952), as well as "First Construction in Metal" (1939). These three works appeared on the German Wergo label as part of its multi-disc package entitled 25 Year Retrospective Concert. The two selections from "Music of Changes" are from a recording made by David Tudor in 1953. Taken together, these seven pieces are a small but representative element of Cage's "way of hearing" in the early decades. Even today, the "Fontana Mix" itself sounds quite revolutionary and futuristic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: El Records
  • EAN: 5013929319431
  • Catalog Number: 2931943
  • Sales rank: 110,336

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fontana Mix (11:34)
  2. 2 First Construction In Metal - Manhattan Percussion Ensemble (8:51)
  3. 3 Music For Carillon No. 1 - David Tudor (3:58)
  4. 4 Williams Mix (4:22)
  5. 5 The City Wears a Slouch Hat (28:57)
  6. 6 Book III - David Tudor (10:22)
  7. 7 Book IV - David Tudor (11:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Cage Primary Artist, Percussion, Conductor, Narrator
David Tudor Piano, Carillon
John Larkin Spoken Word
Manhattan Percussion Ensemble Ensemble
Xenia Cage Percussion
Stuart Lloyd Percussion
Ruth Hartman Percussion
Madelon Grayson Spoken Word
Les Tremayne Spoken Word
Jonathan Hole Spoken Word
Frank Dane Spoken Word
Forrest Lewis Spoken Word
Claire Oppenheim Percussion
Cilia Amidon Percussion
Technical Credits
John Cage Composer, Liner Notes
Kenneth Patchen Text
Ilhan Mimaroglu Liner Notes
Paul Price Director
Amanda LeCorney Cover Art
Merce Cunningham Piano Assistance
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