New York in the Sixties – A Hotbed for Experiments

26. March 2020

Whether conceptual or performance art, electronic music, counterculture, minimalism, drone sounds, or FluxusNew York City is a hotbed for all sorts of experiments during the Sixties. 62 minutes with Angus MacLise, Henry Flynt, La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela, Richard Maxfield and others.

Featured cover art: Henry Flynt – Raga Electric

Richard Maxfield – Bacchanale

musique concrète collage containing no sounds of electronic origin (1963, New World Records)

La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela – Oceans

from an aborted session for an LP on CBS, recorded by David Behrman (1969, not on label)

Angus MacLise, Tony Conrad – Druid’s Leafy Nest

collaboration between The Velvet Underground’s first drummer and the pioneer of drone music (undated recording, Boo-Hooray)

Jack Smith – Buffalo Song

the icon of early underground cinema and performance art is inspired by Jimmy Rodgers here, one of the first super stars of country music (between 1962 and ’64, Table Of The Elements)

Henry Flynt – Raga Electric

Indian raga tradition through the lens of a conceptual artist (1966, Locust Music)

Tuli Kupferberg – Fields Matrimonial Service

enactment of marriage advertisements (1966, ESP Disk)

John Cale, Angus MacLise, Terry Jennings – Terry’s Cha-Cha

pop song dedicated to saxophonist Terry Jennings (1967, Table Of The Elements)

Henry Flynt & The Insurrections – Dreams Away

on the fringes of avantgarde garage rock (1966, Locust Music)

William S. Burroughs – Inching – Is this machine recording?

exploring the Inching technique on a reel-to-reel recorder (1965, Industrial Records)

Plastic Clock Radio/Steve Weber/Gerard Malanga and Ingrid Superstar/The Velvet Underground – The East Village Other (excerpt)

gathering of New York’s counterculture to support the radical underground newspaper (1966, ESP Disk)

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