Life work: A unity 2. the world (Graphic innovations & indeterminacy) 1960-1975 //

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Recording date: 
Friday, March 1, 2013
Artwork by Raffalëlle Bloch
Mastering technician: 
Pierre-Antoine Badaroux & Sébastien Beliah.
Mixing technician: 
Pierre-Antoine Badaroux & Sébastien Beliah.
Recording technician: 
Etienne Graindorge.
  • 1. Crash Actions (1963) (16:48)
  • 2. Punkt (1961) (10:40)
  • 3. Compare With "Exquisitely Slpooy OM" (1970s) (07:50)
  • 4. In Intimacy - Pulsation (1963) (15:25)

The project “Lifework: A Unity” is an overview of Philip Corner’s music, performed by Ensemble Hodos, and covering the five periods of Mr. Corner’s music over five CDs to be released successively in 2014.

This is the 2nd volume – and first to be released – of the recorded documentation of Philip Corner’s music by Ensemble Hodos. The disc covers the years 1960-75, when Corner, just back from Europe, took an extensive part in the New York Fluxus scene, and started to experiment with graphic notations, indeterminacy, performance pieces and happenings.

The pieces in this volume are all in their own way challenging the notions of traditional music theory : Crash Actions and its companion piece In Intimacy – Pulsation are both dealing in a great variety of ways with the concept of pulsation ; Punkt as the title implies is only points, isolated sounds ; whereas Compare with “Exquisitely Sloppy Om” is one the many developments of Corner’s explorations of one sound.

The disc comes with a booklet with extensive liner notes by Philip Corner and scores extracts.