Various ‎– Source: Music Of The Avant Garde - Source Records 1-6, 1968-1971

Pogus Productions ‎– P21050-2
3 × CD, Compilation, Reissue

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Source Records 1 And 2
1-1 Robert Ashley The Wolfman
Electronics – Gordon MummaVocals – Robert Ashley
1-2 David Behrman Wave Train
Electronics – David Behrman, Gordon MummaRecorded By – Joseph Romanowsky*
1-3 Larry Austin Accidents
Electronics – Larry AustinPiano [Electronically Prepared] – David Tudor
1-4 Allan Bryant Pitch Out
Electronics, Recorded By – Allan BryantGuitar – Barbara Bryant, Carol Plantamura, Frederic Rzewski
Source Records 3 And 4
2-1 Alvin Lucier I Am Sitting In A Room
Recorded By – Lucier*Voice [Speaker], Electronics – Alvin Lucier
2-2 Arthur Woodbury Velox
Engineer – Jack May (3)
2-3 Mark Riener Phlegethon
Performer [Realized By] – Jeff Karl, Ken Horton, Kurt Bischoff
2-4 Larry Austin Caritas 15:03
2-5 Stanley Lunetta Moosack Machine 15:10
Source Records 5 And 6
3-1 Lowell Cross Video II (B)/(C)/(L)
Performer [Realized By] – Lowell Cross
3-2 Arrigo Lora-Totino English Phonemes
Recorded By – Ola KejvingVoice [Realized By] – Christina Curiale, Kim Loughran
3-3 Alvin Curran Magic Carpet
Recorded By – Curran*
3-4 Annea Lockwood Tiger Balm 10:26



Funded in part through a grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
Mastered at DRM Productions, Dallas, TX.

Comes with 20-page booklet.

"Most of the original tape masters for the records, after over forty years, have vanished or have seriously deteriorated; hence, we have carefully transferred, noise-reduced, and crackle-removed all the actual LP record tracks to the digital medium, then mastered to the compact disc format for this reissue: the result is an authentic recreation of the original LP, characteristic sound."

<i>The Wolfman</i> (1964), performed in concert at the First Festival of Live-Electronic Music, 1967, University of California, Davis and engineered in Columbia Recording Studios, New York.
<i>Wave Train</i> (1966), performed in concert at the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts, Buffalo, New York, 1968 and engineered in Columbia Recording Studios, New York.
<i>Accidents</i> (1967), recorded at the University of California, Davis, 1968 and engineered in Columbia Recording Studios, New York.
<i>Pitch Out</i> (1967), performed in the studio of Musica Elettronica Viva, Rome, 1968 and engineered in Columbia Recording Studios, New York.
<i>I Am Sitting In A Room</i> (1970), realized in Middletown, Connecticut.
<i>Velox</i> (1970), realized on the PDP-10 computer with final electronic processing on the Moog Synthesizer.
<i>Phlegethon</i> (1970), realized at University of California, Davis.
<i>Caritas</i> (1971), realized on the PDP-10 computer with final electronic processing on the Buchla Electronic Music System.
<i>moosak machine</i> (1971), realized with the composer's analog/digital computer music system.
<i>Video II (B)/(C)/(L)</i> (1965), realized at the University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio.
<i>english phonemes</i> (1971), realized at the studios of Sveriges Radio, Stockholm.
<i>Magic Carpet</i> (1971), recorded at the Gallery Arco D'Alibert, Rome, Italy.
<i>Tiger Balm</i> (1971), realized at Tangent Studio, and at the Electronic Music Studio, University of London, Goldsmith College.

Source Records 1 and 2 originally issued with Source Magazine Vol. 2, No. 2, Issue 4, July 1968.
Source Records 3 and 4 originally issued with Source Magazine Vol. 4, No. 1, Issue 7/8, July 1970.
Source Records 5 and 6 originally issued with Source Magazine Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 9, 1971.

The copyright on the discs is 2008, but this was not released until 2009.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 60342 10502 2
  • Barcode (String): 760342105022



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March 13, 2014
When I first found this set I was expecting it to be a good collection of weird, crazy noises that we would associate with avant garde music. I've listened to it a few times, at least, and have no negative feelings about it.

It's interesting that these recordings were originally on 10-inch records that would go along with certain issues of Source magazine. Such magazines would go for a few hundred dollars these days! [I've included a few links below where you could check 'em out on Discogs]. You wouldn't have to pay soooo much on this 3-CD set. Just be aware that this is NOT music for relaxation (for instance, the first track, "The Wolfman" by Robert Ashley, starts off quietly and then gradually gets LOUD!). I wonder if there's a book or something containing all the issues of Source magazine. Well, there is "Source: Music of the Avant-garde, 1966-1973". I haven't gotten that book, but I might.

Issue #4
Issue #7 and 8
Issue #9

Another interesting thing on this set is Lowell Cross's "Video". Since I have Magix Entertainment Audio Cleaning Lab 16, I managed to put on the Phase Correlation and could make out certain patterns, especially on the (L) part. Maybe not the best way to view the piece, but it seems to work. I even find it kinda enjoyable when I just listen to that track.

The recording of Alvin Lucier's "I Am Sitting in a Room" on this set is not to be confused with the one released by Lovely Music. The Source version is an earlier and shorter recording. The other was recorded in the late '70s and is longer. Both were done by Lucier himself and have differences (i.e., different parts where he stuttered).

I'll mention a few related albums

Lucier was also featured in Imaginary Landscapes (track 8). Besides Lucier, there's Robert Ashley and David Behrman, who were also featured in Ohm: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music. If you don't have them and would want to, hopefully you don't have to pay much for good used copies.

For the complete versions of those particular pieces featured in "OHM":
David Behrman: On the Other Ocean
Alvin Lucier: Music on a Long Thin Wire
Robert Ashley: Automatic Writing