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The Oak Of The Golden Dreams - Richard Maxfield, Harold Budd


Release Date: 08/24/1999 
Label:  New World Records   Catalog #: 80555   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard MaxfieldHarold Budd
Performer:  Richard MaxfieldTerry JenningNicolas RoussakisEdward Fields,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD collects long-unavailable recordings of two important figures in American avant garde/minimalist music, Richard Maxfield and Harold Budd, from the early 1960s and late '60s respectively. Maxfield is closer in essence to Cage and Stockhausen in that he uses "found" and pre-recorded sounds - but he uses them in a minimalist fashion. The concrete sound range from delicate and provocative collages to entrancing white-noise soundscapes. The subtly rhythmic 'Bacchanale' and 'Amazing Grace' (1963) anticipate "sampling." In the former, incorporating various snatches of folk music from around the world, along with interactions by four musicians; in the latter, voices and noises, though "collaged," imply a cyclic rhythm.
Budd's music is
Read more more akin to Terry Riley's melodious, jazz-inflected style of minimalism. 'Coeur D'Orr' is a piece for soprano saxophone, organ and electronics--the contrast between sustained tones and Middle Eastern-tinged saxophone swirls is both soothing and stimulating. The title piece is performed by Budd on the Buchla synthesizer. It sounds a bit dated--recalling early 1970s progressive rock--but is charming and absorbing in an oddly baroque-to-classical-period manner.
THE OAK OF THE GOLDEN DREAMS is highly recommended to fans of minimalism (especially Riley), minimalist-influenced rock and the New York school of early-60s avant garde (Cage, Young, et.al.)
REVIEWS:
Fanfare (1-2/00, p.224) - "...The least interesting [of the Richard Maxfield works] is the Bacchanale...the other three pieces are all quite interesting and importantly, are all short enough so that their compositional procedures don't wear out their welcome..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Pastoral Symphony by Richard Maxfield
Performer:  Richard Maxfield (Electronics)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2. Bacchanale by Richard Maxfield
Performer:  Terry Jenning (Saxophone), Nicolas Roussakis (Clarinet), Richard Maxfield (Sampler),
Edward Fields (Spoken Vocals), Robert Block (Prepared Violin), Fahrad Machkat (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
Date of Recording: 1960s 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Piano Concert "For David Tudor" by Richard Maxfield
Performer:  David Tudor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 12 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Excerpt from the album's liner notes by Kyle Gann:
Piano Concerto for David tudor (1961) draws it's multifarious noises from a single source (...) Tudor (...) plays live alongside a three-channel montage constructed from sounds made on the inside of the piano with chains, spinning a gyroscope on the strings, showering the string with tiddly-wink discs, and other unusual operations. 
4. Amazing Grace by Richard Maxfield
Performer:  Richard Maxfield (Tapes)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: This work mixes tape loops from two sources: a speech by revivalist James G. Brodie and electronic fragments from an opera Maxfield had make in 1958 entitled 'Stacked Deck.' 
5. Oak of the Golden Dreams by Harold Budd
Performer:  Harold Budd (Electronics)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Length: 18 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was realized on the Buchla Electronic Music System at California Institute of the Arts, Burbank . 
6. Coeur D'Orr by Harold Budd
Performer:  Harold Budd (Tapes), Charles Oreña (Soprano Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Length: 19 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This selection features an electronic background on organ comprised of two tracks, one of wich is another 1970 Budd work, Candy Apple Revision. 

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