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Ashley: Automatic Writing, She Was A Visitor, Etc


Release Date: 10/01/1996 
Label:  Lovely Music   Catalog #: 1002   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Robert Ashley
Performer:  Robert AshleyMimi JohnsonMary LucierCynthia Liddell,   ... 
Conductor:  Alvin Lucier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandeis University Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1979, experimental American composer Robert Ashley found himself dealing with a mild involuntary speech problem. Depressed and disenchanted, he began exploring the sonic implications of his condition. AUTOMATIC WRITING, composed over five years, came of Ashley's attempt at "forcing" spontaneous vocal sounds. This remarkable 46-minute piece is a mesmerizing subconscious dialogue between four distinct "characters": Ashley, intricate tape-splices of spoken French, a groaning, gurgling Polymoog, and the ribbon-fine melodious trickle of an organ. Unpredictable and endlessly fascinating, AUTOMATIC WRITING reveals music in minutiae and compelling narrative in accident.
Amid painfully intimate insinuations, Ashley has hidden the map to
Read more psychological geography aglow with a singular and utterly alien beauty. AUTOMATIC WRITING surrenders its secrets, but only with time, patience, and understanding. This reissue also includes excerpts from Ashley's earlier opera, 'That Morning After.' The phonetic dissection of "She Was A Visitor" (1967) simulates a dynamic beehive-choir effect, while the extremely unsettling "Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon" (1968) combines a woman's graphic account of sexual encounters with webs of glimmering chimes and sighing musique concrète "commentary." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Automatic Writing by Robert Ashley
Performer:  Robert Ashley (Electronics), Robert Ashley (Synthesizer), Mimi Johnson (Voice),
Robert Ashley (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
2.
Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon by Robert Ashley
Performer:  Mary Lucier (Voice), Cynthia Liddell (Spoken Vocals), Barbara Lloyd (Voice),
Mary Ashley (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3.
She Was a Visitor by Robert Ashley
Conductor:  Alvin Lucier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandeis University Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 

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