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2 Sounds, High, and, low

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Title
2 Sounds, High, and, low
Additional title: Winterbranch (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Names
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)
Young, La Monte (Instrumentalist)
Riley, Terry, 1935- (Instrumentalist)
Young, La Monte (Composer)
Collection

Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1960-04
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LT-7-A 2412
Topics
Electronic music
Modern dance music
Musique concrète
Genres
Music
Live sound recordings
Notes
Statement of responsibility: music by La Monte Young.
Content: Title, date and performers provided by cataloger based on handwritten notes on original containers. The labels of the original containers are inconsistent with regards to the numbering of the reels.
Content: Handwritten notes on the original container of reel no. 1, front: "I Winter Br." ; back: "LaMonte Young. ; 2 Sounds (April 1960 12'15 ; (Reel 2 of 2) ; Drum stick on gong (composer?) ; (treble @ 5)" ; stamped: "DUB COPY". Handwritten notes on the inside of the original container of reel no. 1: "Tivoli Lisbon L (Low): wide open / B=1 / T =1 ; R (High): #7 / B=0 / T=0 ; Combra L (High)= #6 ; R (Low) = #6 ; (to: mic#4)" ; also there is a hand-drawn electrical diagram on the inside cover. Handwritten label on reel no. 1 hub: "WB HIGH".
Content: Handwritten notes on the original container of reel no. 2, front "II Winter Br." ; back: "LaMonte Young. ; 2 Sounds (April 1960 13'05 ; (Reel I of 2) ; Terry Riley & composer ; 2 cans each on window glass" ; stamped: "DUB COPY". Handwritten label on reel no. 2 hub: "WB LOW".
Content: Contains the sound elements to be played for performances of Merce Cunningham's Winterbranch (1964). According to David Vaughan's book, Merce Cunningham: 50 Years (Aperture: New York, 1997), the dance begins in silence for some time and then the sound is played. These recordings contain the complete sound element consisting of the pre-recorded high sound reel (no. 1) and pre-recorded low sound reel (no. 2) being played simultaneously.
Numbering: Donor's inventory number: R030.
Numbering: Donor's inventory number: R036.
Performers: Terry Riley, and La Monte Young, performers.
Venue: Recording location unidentified, 1960 April.
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Action: Transferred from the original open tape reels by the New York Public Library's Audio and Moving Image Preservation (PAMI) sound engineering staff at the Library for the Performing Arts on March 5, 2014. To create the streaming files, the sound engineers edited out the recording silences in the preservation files, thus the discrepancies in length between the preservation files and the streaming files.
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 2 audiotape reels (27 minutes total) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, full track, mono ; 7 in.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 881293060
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20218386
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 27a84bd0-b3fd-0133-152e-3c07547a230f
Rights Statement
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  • 1960: Created
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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "2 Sounds" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1960. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/29706770-b3fd-0133-7280-3c07547a230f

Chicago/Turabian Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "2 Sounds" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 12, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/29706770-b3fd-0133-7280-3c07547a230f

APA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1960). 2 Sounds Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/29706770-b3fd-0133-7280-3c07547a230f

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2 Sounds