Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine redux on Celsius Drop

Trouble Light (1977) by Joseph Nechvatal w Cid Collins Walker & Carol Parkinson on European performance tour 1977

Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine Special Emission 2021 aired on June 24th from 10am-Noon L.A. Time / 1-3pm NYC time / 7-9pm Paris time



Intro) Paul De Marinis: Yellow Yankee. TELLUS #9 – Music with Memory



1) Remko Scha: katadeedo daynatadoh (“restored to youth according to beauty I walk”) Composed on DEC Talk, excerpt from IMPRESSIONS OF AFRICA, by Remko Scha and Ellen Zweig, guitars by The Machines. (1987)  TELLUS #22 – False Phonemes: 

2) Joseph NechvatalPsychedelic Hermeneutic. TELLUS #20 – Media Myth

3) Brian Reinbolt: Switched Thing. A product of experiments with gating recorded sounds to produce rhythms. Industrial and radio sourcetapes were used for the version. Rhythms were programmed on an AIM 65 computer clocked by a synthesizer. TELLUS #3

4) Carol Parkinson: Ramp. Multitrack acoustic piano, electric organs and autoharp. TELLUS #2

5) Bradley Eros: The Atom & Eve of Destruction TELLUS #1

6) Antonio Russolo: “Corale”, “Serenata”, 1924, Musica Futurista, organized by David Lombardi, Fonit Cetra. TELLUS #21 – Audio by Visual Artists

7) Paul Bowles: Music for a Farce 1. 1936, performed by Chicago Pro Musica. Courtesy of Reference Recordings, San Francisco, CA. TELLUS #23 – The Voices of Paul Bowles

8) Brenda Hutchinson: Wordplay. TELLUS #1

9) Arto Lindsay and Toni Nogueira: Buy One.  Recorded at PASS by Dana and mixed by Gerry. TELLUS #10 – All Guitars!

10) Minoy: Tango. TELLUS #20 – Media Myth

11) Maurice Methot: Overture From La Dolarosa. TELLUS #20 – Media Myth

12) Julius Eastman: Touch Him When. A piano four hands composition played by the composer and Steve Marrow. TELLUS #4

13) Christian Marclay: Groove. Turntables. March 1982. Recorded at Noise N.Y. TELLUS #8 USA/Germany

14) Merzbow: Gamma-Titan. TELLUS #13 – Power Electronics

15) Shelly Hirsch: #39. Voice and electronic processing: Shelly Hirsch. Sampling and keyboard: David Weinstein. Text by Angela Carter from Dr. Hoffman’s Infernal Machines of Desire. The work is reproduced by permission of Rogers, Coleridge and White, Ltd, © Angela Carter, 1972, published by Penguin Books. Engineered by Alex Noyes at Studio PASS and David Weinstein at Roulette. (8:13) TELLUS #25 – Site-less Sounds

16) Kiki Smith: Life Wants to Live. Excerpt from Life Wants to Live, a sound installation at the Kitchen in December 1983. TELLUS #2

17) Ron Kuivala: Ti Intends… (to enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent permitted by the law). The piece was an attempt to display and analyze the disembodied corporate imagination that devised the Military and Time/Weather vocabularies. TELLUS #2

18) Gregory Whitehead: Eva Can I Stab Bats In A Cave. A palindrome drone from the radio series Loose Tongues. TELLUS #7 – The Word I

19) Lydia Lunch and Lucy Hamilton: Lucy’s Lost Her Head Again. Extract from The Drowning of Lucy Hamilton(Widowspeak/Rough Trade). TELLUS #10 – All Guitars!

20) Sue Hanel: Dupe. TELLUS #10 –  All Guitars!

21) George Brecht: Comb Music (Comb Event). 1959-62. Performed by John Armleder August 23, 1988. Engineered by Brenda Hutchinson at Studio PASS, N.Y. TELLUS #21 – Audio by Visual Artists

22) Joe Jones: Flux Music Box TELLUS #24 – FluxTellus

23) Vernita Nemec: Private Places. An excerpt from an installation for The Second Coming, a show by Carnival Knowledge at Franklin Furnace. TELLUS #2

24) Blackhouse: One Nation Under God. TELLUS #13 – Power Electronics

25) If, Bwana: Umm… TELLUS #13 – Power Electronics

26) Patrick McGrath: Spike Rising. TELLUS #7 – The Word I

27) Mojo: The Fighters Distance. (Excerpt) TELLUS #13 – Power Electronics

28) David Rosenbloom: Flowers (excerpt from Departure). TELLUS #2

29) Paul Dresher: Pygmy Vocal Music. TELLUS #4

30) Paul Lansky: Not Just MoreIdle Chatter. TELLUS #22 – False Phonemes

31) Liquid Liquid: Groove to Go. (Recorded live at Irving Plaza Nov. 22 1985) TELLUS #12

32) Catherine Jauniaux & Ikue Mori: Smell. TELLUS TOOLS (2001)

33) Cardboard Air Band: Little Rabbit. TELLUS #2

About josephnechvatal

Joseph Nechvatal is an American post-conceptual artist who creates virus-modeled artificial life computer-assisted paintings and animations. Themes he has addressed in his art include the apocalyptic, communication excess, the virus, and gender fluidity. In 1975, he moved from Chicago to the downtown Tribeca area of New York City. He began studying at Columbia University with the philosopher Arthur Danto while working for the Dia Art Foundation as archivist to the minimalist composer La Monte Young. In 1980, he moved from Tribeca to the sordid Lower East Side where he found artistic camaraderie and politically inspired creative energy. There he became closely associated with Collaborative Projects (Colab), the influential post-punk artists’ group that included Kiki Smith and Jenny Holzer, among others. Those were glory days for the famous Colab projects, such as Just Another Asshole, The Real Estate Show and The Times Square Show. He also helped establish the non-profit cultural space ABC No Rio, where exhibitions were animated by political purpose. In the early 1980s, his art consisted of dense post-minimalist gray graphite drawings (that were sometimes photo-mechanically enlarged), of sculpture, of photographs, and of musique concrète audio collages. In 1983, he co-founded the famous avant-garde art music project Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine. In 1984, he created an opera called XS: The Opera Opus (1984-6) with the no wave musical composer Rhys Chatham that was presented in Boston and New York. In 1986, Nechvatal began using computer-robotics to make conceptual paintings. Some were exhibited at Documenta VIII in 1987. In 1992, when he was artist-in-residence at the Louis Pasteur Atelier in Arbois and at the Saline royale d’Arc-et-Senans, he created computer virus codes that he used as an artistic tool. This work was a reflection on his personal experiences of risk and loss with the AIDS epidemic. In 1999, he earned his doctorat in the philosophy of aesthetics and technology in England and soon wrote two art theory books: Towards an Immersive Intelligence and Immersion Into Noise. In 2001, he extended his initial experimentations into the virus as an artistic painterly tool in a series of artificial life works. These works include various series of paintings, animations, and a lengthy audio composition entitled viral symphOny. He has created a series of virus-based themed exhibitions of artificial life paintings and animation projections that explore the fragility and fluidity of the human body. You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage:
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