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The Invention of Tape Echo

Les Paul. American ingenuity at its finest. Invented tape echo and multi-track recording out of his garage and then topped the charts with insane, inimitable multi-tracked vocals and guitars. Did I mention he invented the hollow body electric guitar? Hell of a player too. His work is really great combination of engineering and artistry. (click on the photo to watch and listen)

Robert Ashley Part 2 “Music With Roots in the Aether”

Robert Ashley, the groundbreaking educator and composer whom I’ve written about previously, also created “Music with Roots in the Aether,” a video time capsule of the best avante-garde and experimental composers of the mid-70’s– Phillip Glass, Terry Riley, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Gordon Mumma, and David Behrman.   Ashley called it a “video opera,” which confuses me a bit.  It feels more like a PBS special, except created by a brilliant stoner post-everything hippie.   Each composer gets their own two hour episode, divided into an hour long interview and an hour-long performance.   “Music with Roots in the Aether” documents those on the leading edge of “new music,” those deconstructing old musical forms and forging the new language of electronic music and experimental composition.   It’s so so so so good.  Here’s my favorite clip.  In it, Robert Ashley and Terry Riley milk one of Riley’s goats and then drink the milk.   They then have a very long, pretty awkward conversation.   Then Riley performs “Shri Camel” in his home under construction.   …