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BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF FIRE The Anthology From The Center For Contemporary Music Edited by Bob Davis with Rich Gold Published by The Center for Contemporary Music Cover Concept: William Farley Cover Photo: Pat Kelley (c) 1978 by The Center for Contemporary Music for the Authors 262w

Toward the vanishing point-- Space erasing for musicians: Wedges of time enter between sounds or sound units, separating or compacting them. The sound gets progressively intense-- complex, deliberate -- as it's erased by the area between. Relationships of people: carefully maintain vast distances with rhythms & tones or be simultaneous or slightly out of sync., making continual choices about volume. (no fadeout) WIPEOUT by glops of area which is felt as a real encroaching presence. Cecil Taylor, for you. SJ. Glebow, spacey racing. Santa Cruz Calif. / Nov. 1975

Interruption, in Monotone for female chorus

After careful consideration of the timing chorus enters in a close group not a line at a strong dignified pace, then turns to face audience. One woman in the middle of the group holds a nice sign, w/a large clear realistic picture of a green land or sea turtle. Chant begins after a brief pause:

WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM TO BRING YOU TURTLES, SO BEAUTIFULLY CONSTRUCTED THAT THEY HAVE EXISTED FOR ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE MILLION YEARS WITHOUT NEEDING TO EVOLVE ANY FURTHER. ALL FEEL THE POWER OF THE GREAT MOTHER CONSTANTLY PRODUCING SUCH EXQUISITE PHENOMENA

Each word is pronounced clearly. Each person uses whatever shade of monotone is comfortable for her voice. The speed of it is calm and flowing, and its color is warm. After the chant there is a brief pause, then the chorus turns and exits in a group as before. The simple and convincing attitude of chorus is maintained no matter how the audience reacts.

This interruption can be enjoyed in quite a variety of social situations.

Sybl J. Glebow Los Altos, Califo. April 1977

Typed by Cheryl Vega 8-8-95


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