Ben Patterson (b. 1934)



1. Ben Patterson Tells Fluxus Stories (From 1962 To 2002)

Label: ? Records (2)
Catalog#: 07
Format: CD, Album
Country: Germany
Released: 2002


Credits: Interviewer - Gerhard Westerrath , Sabine Felker

Music By - Richard Strauss
Photography - Armin Hundertmark


Notes:

On 14,03,02 Sabine Felker and Gerhard Westerrath recorded this interview with me, in my kitchen, in Wiesbaden, Germany, Wandersmannstr. 2B. My decision to use "Ein Heldenleben" by Richard Strauss, as "background music" happened several months later.
-Ben Patterson 31,07.02

released in three editions:
- regular dition of 400 copies.
- 100 signed and numbered copies.
- 20 deluxe copies with a nose-mask and a text signed and numbered, in a CD box.



2. Drip Music

3. 370 Flies


Long out-of-print CD-r (edition of 200) of Patterson performing a variation of George Brecht's classic Drip Music. Originally released by Alga Marghen in 2005. Also includes Ben Patterson 370 Flies (2003) where a list of artificial flies names is read over sound loops derived from the fourth movement of Franz Schubert's String Quintet, D 667 op. post. 114, the "Trout Quintet".

"Recently, as I was preparing a concert of classic Fluxus works, I decided to re-examine the original scores, rather than rely on my memory of performances of the traditional interpretations of these works. Thus, I discovered that George Brecht's original instructions for Drip Music allowed for both a single source or multiple sources of dripping water. Remembering Georges first career as a chemist, employing laboratory equipment to produce multiple, dripping sources seemed appropriate. A device was constructed including 3 gerbil water bottles suspended from metal rods and a piece of molded plastic packaging, amplified with contact microphone. Only micro adjustments were made to provide differing drip frequencies. No electro-acoustic manipulations or editorial tricks." -Ben Patterson



Early Works

  1. A Simple Opera (1995) 15:51

    Narrator – Ben Patterson
    Performer – Amerigo Ormea, Davide Mosconi, Elisabetta Roncucci, Gabriele Bonomo, Philip Corner, Phoebe Neville, Walter Marchetti

  2. Duo For Voice And A String Instrument (1961) 11:01

    Double Bass – Ben Patterson Voice – William Pearson

  3. Variations For A Double-Bass (1961) 11:22

    Double Bass – Ben Patterson

  4. Paper Piece (1960) 17:05

    Directed By [Direction] – Ben Patterson
    Performer – Davide Mosconi, Gabriele Bonomo, Philip Corner, Phoebe Neville, Walter Marchetti

  5. Pond (1961) 5:24

    Directed By [Direction] – Ben Patterson
    Performer – Amerigo Ormea, Davide Mosconi, Elisabetta Roncucci, Fabio Constantino, Gabriele Bonomo, Philip Corner, Phoebe Neville, Walter Marchetti

Track 1, 4 and 5 recorded at Massive Arts Studio, Milan, Italy, April 15, 1999.

Tracks 2 and recorded in concert at Galerie Pamass, Wuppertal, Germany, June 9, 1962.