Musica Elettronica Viva

Musica Elettronica Viva

Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV) was begun one evening in the spring of 1966 by Allan Bryant, Alvin Curran, Jon Phetteplace, Carol Plantamura, Frederic Rzewski, Richard Teitelbaum and Ivan Vandor in a room in Rome overlooking the Pantheon. MEV’s music right from the start was also totally open, allowing all and everything to come in and seeking in every way to get out beyond the heartless conventions of contemporary music. Taking its cue from Tudor and Cage, MEV began sticking contact mics to anything that sounded and amplified their raw sounds: bed springs, sheets of glass, tin cans, rubber bands, toy pianos, sex vibrators, and assorted metal junk; a crushed old trumpet, cello and tenor sax kept us within musical credibility, while a home-made synthesizer of some 48 oscillators along with the first Moog synthesizer in Europe gave our otherwise neo-primitive sound an inimitable edge. In the name of the collectivity, the group abandoned both written scores and leadership and replaced them with improvisation and critical listening. Rehearsals and concerts were begun at the appropriate time by a kind of spontaneous combustion and continued until total exhaustion set in. It mattered little who played what when or how, but the fragile bond of human trust that linked us all in every moment remained unbroken. The music could go anywhere, gliding into self-regenerating unity or lurching into irrevocable chaos—both were valuable goals. In the general euphoria of the times, MEV thought it had re-invented music; in any case it had certainly rediscovered it. —Alvin Curran


Musica Elettronica Viva Discography Tracks


Musica Elettronica Viva Friday (Album) Polydor UK 1969 Sell This Version
Musica Elettronica Viva Leave The City (Album) BYG Records France 1970 Sell This Version
Musica Elettronica Viva The Sound Pool (Album) BYG Records Japan 1970 Sell This Version
MEV* - AMM MEV* - AMM - Live Electronic Music Improvised (Album) Mainstream Records, Mainstream Records, Mainstream Records US 1970 Sell This Version
HDP 15-16 MEV* United Patchwork(2xLP, Album) Horo Records HDP 15-16 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
IRML -2 MEV* The Original(CD, Album) IRML IRML -2 US 1996 Sell This Version
IRML 04 MEV* Rome Cansrt(CD, Album) IRML IRML 04 US 1999 Sell This Version
plana-M 15NMN.038 Musica Elettronica Viva Spacecraft / Unified Patchwork Theory(CD, Album) Alga Marghen plana-M 15NMN.038 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
IRML-6 MEV* Pieces(CD, Album) IRML IRML-6 US 2004 Sell This Version
MRCD61 MEV* & AMM MEV* & AMM - Apogee(2xCD, Album) Matchless Recordings MRCD61 UK 2005 Sell This Version
IRML 07 MEV* 7 2 Berlz(CD, Album) IRML IRML 07 US 2008 Sell This Version
VICTO cd 129 Musica Elettronica Viva Symphony No 106(CD, Album) Les Disques Victo VICTO cd 129 Canada 2016 Sell This Version
HE CD 015 / aSB 03 Musica Elettronica Viva Symphony 108. Live at Brno Philharmonic(CD, Album) Hermes' Ear HE CD 015 / aSB 03 Czech Republic & Slovakia 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SA-34 MEV* Live '94(7") Stomach Ache Records, Dolor Del Estamago SA-34 US 1995 Sell This Version


80675-2 Musica Elettronica Viva MEV 40(4xCD, Comp) New World Records 80675-2 US 2008 Sell This Version