Lunchtime Listening: Fall 2016 Program


Lunchtime Listening: Fall 2016 Program


Every Thursday we play a different program of sound works from our collection of artists’ recordings spanning the 1960s to the present. Come join us as we make space for collective listening!

Lunchtime Listening was launched in Fall 2016. The inaugural program was curated by Özge Karagöz.


Özge Karagöz

Table Of Contents

September 29th

Saying Water, Roni Horn, 115.50

“What do you know about water? Isn’t that part of what water is that you never really know what it is? . . . That it is everywhere, so familiar seeming, yet so elusive, a kind of everything without definition, never quite graspable,” observes Roni Horn, in Saying Water, a poetic meditation on water, how we experience it, and possibilities of poeticizing it. Saying Water is a 61 minute monologue as part of Horn’s River Thames projects.

October 13th 

Airwaves, Z100.4

The 1977 double LP Airwaves: Two Record Anthology of Artists’ Aural Work & Music proclaims “this record is not an art object. All the people on this record are artists.” Artists who contributed to this non-art-object include Vito Acconci, Jana Haimsohn, Terry Fox, Julia Heyward, Dennis Oppenheim, Meredith Monk, Diego Cortez, Jim Burton, Leandro Katz, Connie Beckley, Laurie Anderson, Jacki Apple, and Richard Nonas.

October 20th

Symphony #2 for Dot Matrix Printers, [The User], 3.27 and enjoy/survive, survive/enjoy, Olaf Nicolai, 39.14

Symphony #2 for dot matrix printers is a composition written for dot matrix printers, created by [The User], a collective composed of architect Thomas McIntosh and composer Emmanuel Madan. The work appropriates vintage dot matrix printers as musical instruments, putting them to use within the framework of traditional Western music. Eisfeld is a sound collage composed by Berlin-based band to rococo rot, as part of German conceptual artist Olaf Nicolai’s installation at his solo exhibition Olaf Nicolai : enjoy/survive, survive/enjoy held at Migros Museum, Zurich in 2011.

October 27th

DoingsJackson Mac Low, ABR PS3563.A31875 D65 2005

Doings brings together a selection of compositions by poet and composer Jackson Mac Low. Each composition occupies different intersections of sound and language: performed with and without use of musical instruments and other objects to produce sound, some compositions depart from language, whereas others border language. While attending John Cage’s experimental composition classes at the New School in the 1950s, Mac Low brought some of the pieces that are included in Doings to class where students performed each other’s work.
November 3rd

Early Electronica: 
La musique électronique du Niger, Mammane Sani Abdullaye, Z100.71 and Electronic works & voices 1961 - 1979, Léo Kupper, Z100.68



Léo Kupper composed Automatismes sonores with the GAME machine (Générateur Automatique de Musique Electronique), a musical instrument he invented to engender new musical forms. This piece exemplifies Kupper’s search for sonic abstractions by attending to the possibilities of the automatic machine. Mammane Sani's compositions take folkloric Nigerien music as an influence and reinterprets these scores through electronic means.

November 10th

U-N-I-VERSE Actual Facts / Solar Facts with 
guest curator Kamau Patton

Kamau Patton (Assistant Professor, VCS) presents excerpts of recordings from the Nation of Gods and Earths, commonly known as the Five Percent Nation or the Five Percenters, an African American social and religious movement founded in Harlem in the late 1960s by Clarence 13x. Video and audio recordings from the Nation of Gods and Earths are joined with a selection of sounds from the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection. 

December 1st

Translating Drawing into Sound and Song into Spoken-word: 
Inevitable music #1: variations on Sol Lewitt’s Wall Drawing #260, Sébastien Roux, Z100.63 and NYC romance mash-up / H-Town K H-Town, Karl Holmqvist, Z100.75

Swedish artist and poet Karl Holmqvist composed NYC romance mash-up / H-Town K H-Town (2014) by borrowing lyrics from songs by Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Jay-Z, and Beyonce Knowles as material for this spoken-word record. French composer Sébastien Roux created Inevitable Music #1(2013) by translating Sol LeWitt’s instruction for his Wall Drawing #260 (1975) into seven variations of layered scores for electronic music. The instructions for LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #260 read, “on black walls, all two-part combinations of white arcs from corners and sides, and white straight, not-straight, and broken lines.”




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