Sounds of electric models at the [Nikola] Tesla Museum: source material for performance of [In memoriam, Nikola Tesla, cosmic engineer], 1972-09-18Additional title: Canfield (Choreographic work : Cunningham)
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Atlas, Charles (Speaker)Harper, Meg (Speaker)Mumma, Gordon, 1935- (Recording engineer)Oliveros, Pauline, 1932- (Contributor)Muzej Nikole Tesle (Host)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1972-09-18
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1487
NotesContent: 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 DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (29 minutes) : analogSound quality is mostly good; there is a recording hum for the last ca. 3 minutes.
DescriptionBased 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 ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 913967537NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20732936Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fb190390-b8fa-0133-10c7-60f81dd2b63c
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