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Re: Terry Riley, IN C , another recording...
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From: Tom Ritchford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > > I have a very depressing version of In C played in China
> > > where the orchestra is very enthusiastic though a bit
> > > clumsy -- however, the liner notes then tell you that
> > > they were all rounded up and disappeared afterwards,
> > > very very sad.
> > Interestingly enough, my version of this cd doesn't have this story.
> > Are you putting us on Tom?
> Good Lord, no! I'd never joke about something like that.
> Haven't read the liner notes in a long time --
> this is from memory.
> It didn't say that they were specifically murdered, it
> said that the orchestra was officially disbanded and
> they weren't able to contact any of the members of it
> and were worried about them.
> I don't remember the exact details, I DO remember being
> rather saddened when I got to that spot.
Are we talking about the same recording? The Shanghai Film Orchestra
on Celestial Harmonies, mixed by Brian Eno, Jon Hassell and Terry Riley?
"Given the tragic events that rocked China just a few months after
these recordings were made, it's hard to envision a similar project
being made today. "It was a rare opportunity," Riley says. "We
were very lucky." Not that there weren't a few problems. A bureaucratic
snafu made Riley and (conductor David Mingyue) Liang decidedly
unofficial visitors to China, and the final tapes had to be smuggled
out of country."
- John Schaefer, liner notes
I've finally got some mp3 files ready for NYC Loop Fest, how
do I get them to you? I sent them to mp3.com but who knows when they'll
* David Beardsley