THE ROLLING TONES. A RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR ART LOVERS
PHIL HARMONIC AND THE NU-TONES PRESENT THE ROLLING TONES BERKELEY ART MUSEUM OPERA 1975, BERKELEY ART MUSEUM, BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA. THURSDAY 17. JULY 1975
This live performance is another in a continuing series of worldwide cultural events, prepared with the intention of helping to de-mystify the relationship between people and art and technology.
It is a component part of the larger event entitled "The Rolling Tones 24 Hour Video Opera", an audio visual production that is suitable for performance in most any environmental setting and time structure, since its details will change to suit the occasion of its realization.
Some of the source materials for the piece consist of many of my compositions in various media since "Duke of Windsor (1970-71)" such as "Weather, High Fidelity, Radio Music", and "Win A Dream Date With Phil", as well as the entire history of recording and broadcast media, including improvised sounds and images.
This presentation opens and closes with "Palm Tree Video", a steady-state video translation of terrestrial tropical and pseudo-tropical phenomena.
"Radio Music" (some of which will be heard today as tuned by John Bischoff) is one way of describing man's relationship to his immediate surroundings in terms of the changing technological environment.
The piece serves to make audible some of the many high-frequency radio waves that surround and saturate us throughout our lives, using traditional amplification and recording (resonating) media. Its title refers to the "The Radio Music City Hall Symphony Orchestra", a term which I invented n 1968 in New York City to describe musical work with electronic means within contemporary social and political structures.
In an optimum performance situation, the music synthesizer system and the TV Typewriter device should be replaced by "black boxes" performing the functions of generating sustaining electronic sounds as desired (in one case) and making the thought energy of anybody present available to anybody else (in the other). The elementary feedback system of recording and subsequent playback could also extend into more sophisticated responsive system, i.e., humans at any distance assisted by computer memory, video/laser/microwave, etc.
Yours truly, Phil Harmonic Kenneth Werner aka Phil Harmonic
thanks for your kind assistance: Kenn Beckman, Stanislaus Gard-OMEDIA, Sharon Grace, Media Arts of Oak Land, thank you: Ms. Sage, Izzy Starbuck, Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, Debra Spencer, Ed Williams, "Blue" Gene Tyranny. You may address any inquiries to: THE ROLLING TONES FAN CLUB, P.O. BOX 9887, Oakland California 94613 or c/o Art While-U-Wait, 511 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, California 94110. (415)864-2323.
Typed by Barb. Golden, April 1995