Teiji Furahashi - Lovers (1994)
Danny Vinik’s documentary on Glenn O’Briens TV Party, a wild 1978 cable access TV show in NYC. Produced by Brink Films.
Pipilotti Rist - I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986)
Laurie Anderson - Headphone table (1978)
Joan Jonas - Vertical Roll (1972)
Bill Viola - He weeps for you (1976)
From 1989 to 1992 New York based artist Gen Ken Montgomery presented the best of sound art, video, cassette culture, mail art, and associated zines to a growing population of international artists, viewers, and listeners. GENERATOR became an essential downtown stop for a network of alternative artists. Check out audiovisualarts.org for more information. Photos courtesy Patti Giancontiero.
Constantin Brancusi, Construction Documentation of the Endless Column, Targu Jiu, Romania, (1937-1938)
The Endless Column Ensemble, by famed Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957), has been hailed as one of the great works of twentieth-century public art. Commissioned by the National League of Gorj Women to honour the soldiers who had defended the town of Tfrgu Jiu against a German force in 1916, the tripartite ensemble, erected between 1937 and 1938, is composed of the Endless Column, a 30-metre-high column of zinc and brass-clad, cast-iron modules, and two stone monuments: the Gate of the Kiss and Table of Silence. Over the years the elements took their toll on the sculpture, and although the Column s modules had been replated several times since its construction, by the 1990s it was in dire need of conservation. (Which took place with the support of the World Monuments Fund (WMF).
1939 - the year that the Voder (Voice Encoder) was introduced for the first time to the public at the New York World’s Fair.
The Voder synthesized human speech by imitating the effects of the human vocal tract. The operator could select one of two basic sounds by using a wrist bar. A buzz tone generated by an oscillator produced the voiced vowels and nasal sounds, with the pitch controlled by a foot pedal. A hissing noise produced by a gas discharge tube created the sibilants (voicesless frictive sounds). These initial sounds were passed through a bank of 10 band pass filters that were selected by keys; their outputs were combined, amplified and fed to a loudspeaker. The filters were controlled by a set of keys and a foot pedal to convert the hisses and tones into vowels, consonants, and inflections. Additional special keys were provided to make the plosive sounds such as “p” or “d”, and the affrictive sounds of the “j” in “jaw” and the “ch” in “cheese”. This was a complex machine to operate. After months of practice, a trained operator could produce recognizable speech.
Michel Chion - Le Grand Nettoyage (1975)
Saul Bass | Vorspann/Intro (Arte +7):