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Sounds of electric models at the [Nikola] Tesla Museum: source material for performance of [In memoriam, Nikola Tesla, cosmic engineer], 1972-09-18

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Title
Sounds of electric models at the [Nikola] Tesla Museum: source material for performance of [In memoriam, Nikola Tesla, cosmic engineer], 1972-09-18
Additional title: Canfield (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
Names
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)
Atlas, Charles (Speaker)
Harper, Meg (Speaker)
Mumma, Gordon, 1935- (Recording engineer)
Oliveros, Pauline, 1932- (Contributor)
Muzej Nikole Tesle (Host)
Collection

Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1972-09-18
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LTC-A 1487
Topics
Machinery sounds
Genres
Field recordings
Music
Notes
Content: Contains source material of Nikola Tesla's electric models recorded for use in a performance on September 18, 1972 of Merce Cunningham's Canfield (1969) at the Atelier [Atelje] 212 theater in Belgrade. According to dancer Carolyn Brown's book [Chance and circumstance: Twenty years with Cage and Cunningham (2007, pg. 580-581)]: "The following night, in Atelier 212...we danced a full-length Canfield, chosen especially because the Oliveros score is dedicated to the Yugoslav engineer Nikola Tesla. John [Cage], David [Tudor], and Gordon [Mumma] had found some of Tesla's models at the museum and recorded their sounds, incorporating them into the evening's soundscape".
Content: Title, date, location and speakers provided by cataloger based on handwritten note on original cassette and container, and audition.
Content: Handwritten note on original cassette and container: "Tesla Museum, Belgrade ; 18972 ; stereo ; (original) ; 1) RTTY original ; 2) Mumma duplicate".
Content: The music for Canfield, Pauline Oliveros's In memoriam, Nikola Tesla, cosmic engineer, is described in Daniel Wolf's Renewable music blog as "where the musicians of the company (David Tudor, Gordon Mumma) [use] the theatre itself as an instrument. The musicians discuss, then venture out of the pit to test and measure the room, and finally, the hall is "played" with a sweep of low frequency oscillators in a search for a primary room resonance frequency".
Venue: Recorded at the Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade, Serbia, 1972 September 18.
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical Description
Audiocassette
Extent: 1 audiocassette (29 minutes) : analog
Sound quality is mostly good; there is a recording hum for the last ca. 3 minutes.
Description
Based on mentions of the speakers' names, Charlie [Charles Atlas], [Gordon] Mumma, Meg [Harper], and other unidentified speakers, take field recordings of Nikola Tesla electric models at the Nikola Tesla Museum [Muzej Nikole Tesle] which are interspersed by background speaking, silences and footfalls; ca. 23:48, recording break followed by more field recordings; ends abruptly.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 913967537
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20732936
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fb190390-b8fa-0133-10c7-60f81dd2b63c
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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Sounds of electric models at the [Nikola] Tesla Museum" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1972. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ff419b30-b8fa-0133-7e6c-60f81dd2b63c

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Sounds of electric models at the [Nikola] Tesla Museum" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 25, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ff419b30-b8fa-0133-7e6c-60f81dd2b63c

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1972). Sounds of electric models at the [Nikola] Tesla Museum Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ff419b30-b8fa-0133-7e6c-60f81dd2b63c

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Sounds of electric models at the [Nikola] Tesla Museum