Sonic Arts Lounge

Robert Ashley / Gordon Mumma / David Behrmann / Alvin Lucier

Sonic Arts ( Re ) Union

Robert Ashley

Robert Ashley

© Kai Bienert

Past Dates

Recording by Deutschlandradio Kultur: 24 May 2012, 00:05, Neue Musik

Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma are among the most important representatives of electronic music in the wake of John Cage and the New York School. From 1966 to 1976 they formed the “Sonic Arts Union”. Like John Cage and David Tudor, who toured the world with their own equipment, Sonic Arts Union gave over one hundred concerts in Europe and the USA. This mainly had practical reasons, as they could share their audience as well as their technology.

The Sonic Arts Union composers were specialised in live electronic music. They were pioneers in the use of »handmade« electronics and technological – even non-musical – processes for developing musical pieces. Whether spatial compositions with feedback and resonance phenomena,
»performed tape« – sound recording manipulations during a concert -, simple analogue technology or complex interactive, computer-supported and sensory systems, voice, piano or synthesizer: each of their works produced new ideas and made sound and technology checks before each concert an adventure.
Since the 1980s, Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Alvin Lucier und Gordon Mumma have worked independently of one another to realise their works and installations. Ashley created a monumental series of television operas, Behrman fine-tuned his interactive works, Lucier started composing sound installations, and Mumma became a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and primarily devoted himself to piano and chamber music in addition to electronic music.

Robert Ashley
Answers and Other Songs (2010)

Robert Ashley, voice

Gordon Mumma
Piano Event
amounted in the tradition of the »events« of John Cage and Merce Cunningham, a choreography of existing repertoire
Construction 4 Hands (2012)
Daan Vandewalle / Gordon Mumma, piano
With Dedications
selected compositions (1958–2012) for friends from the cultural sphere of Cage / Cunningham:
Octet for David Behrman/ for Lou Harrison /
for Merce Cunningham from: Sushiverticals
for Jacqueline Leuzinger from: Three Perspectives
for Jackson Mac Low from: Sushihorizontals
Poplars / Planted Song for Michelle Fillion from: Jardin
Scion for Daan Vandewalle from: Graftings (No. 3)
Soft Saloon Song for solo dancer / for David Bernstein from: Sixpac Sonatas (No. 4)
for Christian Wolff / for David Tudor...who went on ahead of us / for David Revill from: Songs without words
Three times for Robert Ashley

Daan Vandewalle, piano

Alvin Lucier
for cello and pre-recorded orchestra (2007 / 2012) WP

Charles Curtis, cello

Music for Solo Performer (1965)

Alvin Lucier, Performance
Nicolas Collins / Hauke Harder / Volker Straebel / Wilm Thoben, acoustic direction

David Behrman
Wave Train
for piano and feedback (1959–1968)

David Behrman / Gordon Mumma / Jens Brand / Volker Straebel, piano / electronics

Long Throw
for piano, string instrument, trumpet and laptop (2007)

Christian Wolff, piano
Okkyung Lee, cello
William Forman, trumpet
David Behrman, electronics

In collaboration with DAAD: Berlin Artists-in-Residence programme.
Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund