MOCA/FM: Exhibition Of One Minute Soundworks From The Museum Of Conceptual Art, San Francisco is an admirably descriptive title: this LP documents an art event / broadcast for which 24 artists submitted a piece just a single minute in length. Consequently, plenty of variety here! 200 copies on Soundscan.
LP £20.99 Vol. 27
Limited LP on Slowscan. Edition of 200 copies featuring Terry Fox, Robert Ashley, Charles Amirkhanian etc.
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The sculptor Tom Marioni provides a spoken introduction to this original 1971 broadcast, a collection of 1 minute contemporary sound art pieces from 24 different musicians, poets and sculptors, sent through the airwaves by KPFA-FM in Berkeley.
This mostly serves as an exciting window into a creatively fertile time removed from the relative mania of the modern age of connectivity. Apart from by medium and artist location, the pieces aren’t particularly related, with a lot falling into the spoken word/poetry category, some providing jazz excerpts and some calmly informing about mortally infectious diseases. The intro by Tom Marioni smoothly transitions to his spoken overview of art styles that really just highlights the absurdity of over-categorisation, which I’m sure you’ve noticed is something that has plagued the Norman site since its inception.
Most interesting is the listener interaction touched upon by Jim Melchert, who invites you to turn off the radio and concentrate, which is pretty convenient for a fast-paced minute per track review like this - some nice brain breathing time. Except that it’s 5pm and my brain is oats.
While the collection could potentially benefit from a common theme other than ‘sound’, the freedom that it has given this unruly bunch is great. All recorded on super lo-fi tape, by the sounds of it, which I’m sure will tickle your inner ear hairs.
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