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How To Tell A Sound #8: SF Tape Music Center Special w/ Ted Gordon & Eve Essex

7 October 2019

Musicologist Ted Gordon dives into the history of the San Francisco Tape Music Center with host Eve Essex, presenting classic recordings as well as some unreleased archival tapes created at the center. A collaborative studio, workshop and performance institution founded in 1962, the Tape Center fostered emerging electronic practices by artists including Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, and William Maginnis. Discussion and playlist focuses on 1962-1967, when the center moved to Mills College, and also explores Don Buchla’s relationship with the center, including the development of his first modular electronic music system there.


Various Artists - SFTMC “Demo” narrated by Ramon Sender
Pauline Oliveros, Mildred Inwood, Laurel Johnson - Improvisation (1959)
Pauline Oliveros - The day I disconnected the record head and forgot to reconnect it (1965-66?)
Ramon Sender - Worldfood III (1964?)
William Maginnis - Three Improvisations for Electronic Sounds (1965)
Morton Subotnick - Silver Apples of the Moon Part B (1967)
Pauline Oliveros - Beautiful Soop (1966)
Ramon Sender - Hatha Yoga Instructions (1965)

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