Various - Sound LP
Release Date: October 14th, 2022
Also available in our special-priced vinyl bundle.
Sound: An Exhibition of Sound Sculpture, Instrument Building and Acoustically Tuned Spaces opened at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art in the summer of 1979 (and was also on view later that year at PS1 in New York). Curated by Bob Wilhite and Robert Smith, the exhibition surveyed the field of sound art. The forty-four participants were painters pivoted toward performance, conceptual artists attracted to time-based mediums, self-styled creators of environments, and musicians (formally trained and otherwise) fashioning new instruments from household items and consumer electronics. They were more or less object-oriented and, at the same time, more or less music-oriented. What brought them all together, as the exhibition catalog gamely asserted, was sculpting in three-dimensional space.
The Sound exhibit included installations, recordings played in the exhibition space and a series of live performances, demonstrating instruments that otherwise rested inert in the gallery. For a broader sense of the show than a single visit provided, the curators also produced a compilation album featuring short pieces, or excerpts from longer works, by many of the participants. (Artists in the exhibition, but not on the LP included Alvin Lucier and Mike Kelley.) Selections from bright lights of the 20th century avant-garde – such as composers Bill Fontana, Yoshi Wada and Paul DeMarinis; conceptual artists and performance artists Terry Fox, Tom Marioni and Jim Pomeroy; experimental vocalist Joan La Barbara; and Los Angeles Free Music Society members Tom Recchion and John Duncan – feature alongside the sounds of Jim Hobart's tuned jars, Ivor Darreg's fretless banjo, Doug Hollis' aeolian harp and Richard Dunlap's rubber bands.
This first-time reissue is limited to 500 numbered copies. Comes with poster.
- Jim Hobart - Maraca Instrument
- Bob Bates - Force Field
- Richard Dunlap - The Rubber Band
- Joan La Barbara - Q-uatre Petites Betes
- Ron George - Improvisation
- Ivor Darreg - Composition For Turkish-Fretless Banjo
- Bob Wilhite - Two Spinners
- Jim Gordon - Piece For Synthesizers, Computers And Other Instruments
- Paul DeMarinis - Pygmy Gamelan Goes To Art
- Jim Pomeroy - Back On The Ladder, The Beat Goes On
- Yoshi Wada - An Adapted Bag With Sympathy III
- Christina Kubisch - Tempo Liquido
- Gerald Oshita - Water Preludes
- Tom Jenkins - One Man Band
- Bill Fontana - Kirribilli Wharf
- Doug Hollis - Aeolian Harp
- Tom Marioni - Drop Brushing
- Terry Fox - Labyrinth Scored For II Cats
- Tom Recchion - Solos
- Alex Bernstein - L.A. Proper
- Karen Wolff* / William Kingsbury - Double Crossing
- Bruce Fier - Score For Eleven Infinite Rainbows
- Susan Rawcliffe - Trix Ocarinas
- Will Parsons / Grace Bell - Road Runner / L.A.
- Dennis Evans - Location #2
- John Duncan / Michael Le Donne-Bhennet - Koko Weef 6038