A Different Nature playlist for 06/27/2011

Program name: 
A Different Nature
Air date: 
06/27/2011

On this week's A Different Nature, we took a look at the cassette-only series Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine, a subscription series that offered a wide variety of artists and musicians, often curated by a different artist or group per release.

‘Tellus was created in 1983 at the Rum Runner Bar on Canal Street in New York City. Joseph Nechvatal, a visual artist, Claudia Gould, a curator and Carol Parkinson, a composer and staff member of Harvestworks/Studio PASS met to discuss the idea of a magazine on cassette which would feature interesting and challenging sound works. With the advent of the Walkman and the Boom Box, the editors perceived a need for an alternative to radio programming and the commercially available recordings on the market at that time.’ [from Harvestworks website]

Many notable artists appeared here, sometimes in mediums they were not known for. The range of disciplines run the gamut from spoken-word arts, piano composition and performance, guitar, music for experimental film, radio drama, experiments in musical intonation and more.

The series ran from 1983 to 1993, spanning 24 issues, finally culminating in vinyl and CD compilations. It was a veritable who's who of avant garde music of the era, as well as many notable artists from the past making appearances.

Hosted by Rich L.

Play list (Artist-Title-Release)

Jody Harris - Mr. Control - Tellus #1 (1983)

Jerry Lindahl  - The Indian Elephant - Tellus #1 (1983)

Sonic Youth  - Scream  - Tellus #1 (1983) 

Mitch Corber  - Reaganomics/Infinitessimus - Tellus #1 (1983)

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The Scene Is Now  - Bugged, Wigged Out  - Tellus #2 (1984)
Tony Papa  - Water Works - Tellus #2 (1984)

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Gregory Whitehead - Only a Rash Wound  - Tellus #3 (1984)
Wolfgang Staehle and Steve Pollack  - Voice of the President  - Tellus #3 (1984)
John Shirley and Sync 66  - Mating Probability Index - Tellus #3 (1984) 

Brian Reinbolt - Switched Thing - Tellus #3 (1984) 

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Paul Dresher  - Pygmy Vocal Music - Tellus #4 (1984)
Carol Parkinson - The Landlords Visit - Tellus #4 (1984)

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Julie Wachtel - You Disappear Me  - Tellus #5-6: Special Audio Visual Issue (1984)

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Linda Fisher  - episode from What Words Mean  - Tellus #7 : The Word 
Gregory Whitehead - Eva Can I Stab Bats In A Cave  - Tellus #7 : The Word
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Christian Marclay - Groove  - Tellus #8: USA/Germany 

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Paul De Marinis  - Eenie Meenie Chillie Beenie - Tellus #9 :  Music with Memory 

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Lee Ranaldo  - The Bridge  - Tellus #10: All Guitars! (1985) 
Bond Bergland  - Moonlight Ride - Tellus #10: All Guitars! 

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Jay Allison  - Tellus #10: All Guitars! The Neighborhood Freaks  - Tellus #11: The Sound of Radio (1985) 
Rick Harris  - Tellus #10: All Guitars! Is This Real' (Excerpt)  - Tellus #11: The Sound of Radio

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Linda Fisher  - Send Forth A Current  - Tellus #12: Dance (1986) 

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Joseph Nechvatal - How To Kill  - Tellus #13: Power Electronics (1986) 

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Harry Partch  - O Frabjous Day! (The Jobberwack)  - Tellus #14: Just Intonation (1986) 
James Tenney  - Septet for Electric Guitars - Tellus #14: Just Intonation

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Ikue Mori, John Zorn, Lindsay Cooper , Fred Frith  - Untitled @The Stephanie and Irving Stone Festival of Improvisors  - Tellus #15: The Improvisors (1986) 

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David Garland with Cinnie Cole and Zeena Parkins  - Play Within A Play  - Tellus #16: Tango 

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Megan Roberts and Raymond Ghirardo  - ATVO II (Excerpt)  - Tellus #17: Video Arts Music (1987) 
David Blair - Wax (or The Discovery of Television Among Bees) (Excerpt) - Tellus #17: Video Arts Music 

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Zui Jiu - Drunken Wine (1:32) Tellus #19: New Music China (1988) 
R.I.P. Hayman Electronic Dirge (funeral music from Taiwan) (0:53)

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Crawling With Tarts  - Plowing And Tilling  - Tellus #20: Media Myth (1988) 
Violence and The Sacred - Teddy Bear Stinks Real Bad Now (Excerpt)  - Tellus #20: Media Myth 
 
Christian Boltanski - Reconstruction de Chansons Qui Ont Et Chant es Christian Boltanski -Tellus #20: Audio By Visual Artists (1988)
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Alice Shields  - Mass for the Dead (excerpt)  - Tellus #22: False Phonemes (1988)

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Abdel Samad  - Le Coran Cheikh ‘Sourat Yassine’  - Tellus #23: Paul Bowles (1989)

 

 

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