The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
“An outlandish episode on nearly every page of this book. . . . A probing account.”
Times Literary Supplement (TLS)
“The excitement of exploration and the delight in fortuitous accident come through in the many firstperson accounts and interviews which make up the bulk of David W. Bernstein's marvellous account of the Center.”
Modern Painters - Stephen Vitiello
“[An] extremely accessible and often inspiring book . . . . Comprehensive [and] fascinating.”
Artforum - Cory Arcangel
“Provides the first comprehensive history of the Tape Music Center . . . . The collision of historically incompatible characters is hard to believe: It is a Kevin Bacon game . . . of avant-garde and pop culture in the ‘60s.”
Journal Of The Society For American Music (Jsam)
“A rich and multilayered history. . . . [Sheds] light on a little-discussed corner of 1960s counterculture in the United States.”
“From its handsome design to its wealth of vibrant photos, [this book] stands apart from the usual academic press fare, which is fitting considering its subject. . . . A document of ballsy innovation and gutsy invention.”
The Score
“Lively . . . [It} not only deflates the notion of New York as the center of experimental music innovation in the second half of the 20th century, but testifies to the ingenuity and invention of a ragtag band of composers, musicians, dancers, visual artists, and explorers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520256170
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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 Cage’s Music, Poetry, and Art and Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past.

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Table of Contents

Foreword John Rockwell Rockwell, John

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

Introduction David W. Bernstein Bernstein, David W. 1

The San Francisco Tape Music Center: Emerging Art Forms and the American Counterculture, 1961-1966 David W. Bernstein Bernstein, David W. 5

The San Francisco Tape Music Center - A Report, 1964 Ramon Sender Sender, Ramon 42

An Overview of the Tape Music Center's Goals, Autumn 1964 Ramon Sender Sender, Ramon 47

Ramon Sender and William Maginnis David W. Bernstein Bernstein, David W. Maggi Payne Payne, Maggi 50

Memoir of a Community Enterprise Pauline Oliveros Oliveros, Pauline 80

Pauline Oliveros David W. Bernstein Bernstein, David W. Maggi Payne Payne, Maggi 95

Music as Studio Art Morton Subotnick Subotnick, Morton 112

Morton Subotnick David W. Bernstein Bernstein, David W. Maggi Payne Payne, Maggi 117

Composing with Light Tony Martin Martin, Tony 136

Tony Martin David W. Bernstein Bernstein, David W. Maggi Payne Payne, Maggi 146

Don Buchla David W. Bernstein Bernstein, David W. Maggi Payne Payne, Maggi 163

Michael Callahan Thomas M. Welsh Welsh, Thomas M. 178

The Great Grand Kludge! William Maginnis Maginnis, William 198

Terry Riley David W. Bernstein Bernstein, David W. Maggi Payne Payne, Maggi 205

Anna Halprin David W. Bernstein Bernstein, David W. 222

Stewart Brand David W. Bernstein Bernstein, David W. 245

Stuart Dempster Thomas M. Welsh Welsh, Thomas M. 252

Chronology Thomas M. Welsh Welsh, Thomas M. 265

Archival Recordings 283

DVD Program Notes 289

Bibliography 303

List of Illustrations 309

Index 313

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