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Merce Cunningham's "movies" narration

Title
Merce Cunningham's "movies" narration / by Merce Cunningham.
Author
Cunningham, Merce
Publication
[probably 2000's?].

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Details

Additional Authors
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, donor.
Found In
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Description
1 streaming audio file (25 minutes) : digital, stereo
Alternative Title
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials.
Subject
Genre/Form
  • City sounds.
  • Sound recordings.
Note
  • Title provided by cataloger based on handwritten note on original audio disc and audition.
  • Handwritten note on original compact disc: "Merce Cunningham Movies Audio CD ; 1. Melange ; 2. Dances ; 3. Dances ; 4. Art for Merce".
  • Sound quality is mostly good; there are occasional electronic blips.
Access (note)
  • Patrons can access streaming audio only on site at NYPL Research Libraries.
Event (note)
  • Dubbed to audio disc in an unidentified location.
Source (note)
  • Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation,
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Call Number
*LDC-A 412
OCLC
909421445
Author
Cunningham, Merce, speaker.
Title
Merce Cunningham's "movies" narration / by Merce Cunningham.
Production
[probably 2000's?].
Playing Time
002446
Type of Content
spoken word
sounds
Type of Medium
audio
Type of Carrier
audio disc
online resource
Event
Dubbed to audio disc in an unidentified location.
Restricted Access
Patrons can access streaming audio only on site at NYPL Research Libraries.
Original Version
Archival original: (1 audio disc (25 minutes) : digital, 4 3/4 in., stereo) in *LDC-A 412.
Summary
1. Melange, ca. 0:00-6:19: Sound recording of footsteps and city streets; 2. Dances, ca. 7:37-12:40: Merce Cunningham speaks about the early tours of his Merce Cunningham Dance Company throughout the United States in a Volkswagen Bus from 1954-1964; his use of chance operations in his choreography; he quotes Carolyn Brown speaking about the Volkswagen Bus tours; 3. Dances, ca. 12:53-17:16: Merce Cunningham speaks about the first European tours of his Company in the mid-1960's; he explains his purposes for creating Event performances and lists the first locations of these; his collaborators, including briefly the Company archivist, David Vaughan, and filmmaker Charles Atlas; his appreciation of dance and his dancers; his use of the LifeForms computer program and motion capture in his choreography; 4. Art for Merce, ca. 17:35-24:46: Merce Cunningham speaks about collaborating with visual artists; an anecdote on his first collaboration with Robert Rauschenberg for Minutiae (1954); an anecdote on Terry Winters' decor for Loose time (2002); a brief anecdote on asking Roy Lichtenstein to make decor for Pond way (1998); anecdotes on working with Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns for RainForest (1968); an anecdote on the premiere of Jour ou Deux (1973).
Linking Entry
Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Local Note
Transferred from original audio disc by the New York Public Library's Audio and Moving Image Preservation (PAMI) sound engineering staff at the Library for the Performing Arts on February 17, 2015.
Source
Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Connect to:
Added Author
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, donor.
Added Title
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials.
Found In:
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Research Call Number
*LDC-A 412
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