Toneburst, Telephones and Birds, Weatherings, and Equal Distribution: performances at the Zellerbach Auditorium, 1978Additional title: Exchange (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Additional title: Fractions (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Additional title: Sounddance (Choreographic work : Cunningham)Additional title: Travelogue (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Cage, John (Composer)Kalve, Martin (Instrumentalist)Cage, John (Instrumentalist)Tudor, David, 1926-1996 (Composer)Tudor, David, 1926-1996 (Instrumentalist)Gibson, Jon (Composer)Cal Performances (Organization)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-10-20Date Created: 1978-10-21
Table of ContentsPart 1, October 20, 1978: Toneburst (David Tudor) (0:00-18:57) -- Telephones and birds (John Cage, Martin Kalve, David Tudor) (19:41-47:13)Part 2, October 21, 1978, evening: Weatherings (David Tudor) (33:42)Part 3, October 21, 1978, matinee: Equal distribution, [arrangement for piano] (Martin Kalve) (32:57)
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LT-7-A 2403
TopicsAleatory musicElectronic musicModern dance musicMusique concrètePiano musicCage, John. Telephones and birdsTudor, David, 1926-1996. ToneburstTudor, David, 1926-1996. WeatheringsGibson, Jon. Equal distribution, no. 1
GenresMusicLive sound recordings
NotesContent: Title and date provided by cataloger based on handwritten notes on original reel hub, container and audition.Content: Handwritten note on original reel hub [torn, partially legible]: "[To]nebur[st] ; [Trav]elog ; [Zell]erbach 10/78 ; Fraction ; [Exc]hange". Handwritten note on original case spine: "Toneburst, Fractions, Exchange". Handwritten note taped to original container: "Basic 4 ; msc 2/24/81".Content: Contains performances of music for Merce Cunningham's Sounddance (1974), Travelogue (1977), Exchange (1978), and Fractions (1978).Content: Transferred from original open tape reel by the New York Public Library's Audio and Moving Image Preservation (PAMI) sound engineering staff at the Library for the Performing Arts on February 12, 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.Performers: John Cage, Martin Kalve, and David Tudor, musicans.Venue: Recorded in performances at the Zellerbach Auditorium in, Berkeley, California 1978 October 20 and 21.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (143 minutes) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, quarter track, mono ; 7 in.Sound quality is overall fair. Toneburst has recording distortion, especially in the beginning and the recording quality improves as it continues. Telephones and birds is recorded at an inconsistent volume level, often low with the voices inaudible at times. Weatherings has microphone adjustment sounds in the beginning of the recording and the recording quality improves as it continues. Equal distribution is mostly good with a slight tape "hiss" throughout.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 881293164NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20218389Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5caacf80-b3fd-0133-9798-3c07547a230f
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