Gordon Mumma (b. 1935)

  1. Horn, a coulisse from antiquity in the guise of an objet trouvé. (6:21)

    Gordon Mumma, French Horn; Robert Ashley, Cybersonic Console; George Cacioppo, Cybersonic Console.

    Horn is a live-performance electronic "chance" composition. The sound source is a French Horn fitted with a special mute containing a microphone. The sounds from the microphone are fed to the two cybersonic consoles (transistorized sound modifiers). The consoles are operated by two performers who determine the continuity of the work during each performance, according to the conditions specified by the composer. Thus, the composition changes at each performance.

    Track 1 from Aspen No. 4

  2. Landscape with Gordon Mumma with "Outlines of Persons and Things" (Interview)

  3. The Music of Gordon Mumma - Some Voltage Drop (1974)

    Tracks 2, 3 from Music With Roots in the Aether

  4. Gordon Mumma "Hornpipe"

    From the LP Sonic Arts Union

  5. Four Works by Gordon Mumma: Vectors, Densities, Sinfonia, Gestures II (1962)

    Four works by Gordon Mumma. The first and last works, “Vectors” and “Densities” are purely electronic tape pieces, very representative of the early, electronic music of Mumma. Also included is “Sinfonia” an electro-acoustic work scored for twelve instruments and tape, recorded on March 4, 1961 at that year’s ONCE Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The ONCE Festival Chamber Ensemble is directed by Wayne Dunlap. This is followed by four selections from “Gestures II” a chance composition for two pianos, and recorded at the 1962 ONCE Festival, in February of that year, and featuring the composer, and fellow Festival organizer Robert Ashley on piano.

  6. Dresden Interleaf and Medium Size Mograph by Gordon Mumma (1965)

    Gordon Mumma was born in 1935 in Framingham, Mass. One of the originators of the ONCE Festival, he has also established, in collaboration with Robert Ashley, several tours of contemporary music productions. Mumma’s composition “Mograph-Interleaf-Mograph” makes use of large sections of electronic music materials. The “Interleaf” section, by itself called “The Dresden Interleaf (13 February 1945) In Memoriam,” is almost entirely electronic, being composed on four-channel magnetic tape. The first Mograph section is for piano, performed by two pianists. The final Mograph section is also for piano, but the sounds are directly modified by electronic means and heard from loudspeakers. The work was composed between 1963 and 1965. In this recording we hear the final two sections only: “Dresden Interleaf” and “Medium Size Mograph.” The pianists are Mumma and Robert Ashley and this performance was recorded at the 1965 ONCE Festival.

    Music From The ONCE Festival (1961–1966)

  7. Gordon Mumma – Sinfonia for 12 Instruments and Magnetic Tape (12:03) 3/4/61
  8. Gordon Mumma – Meanwhile, A Twopiece (7:16) 2/10/62
  9. Gordon Mumma – From Gestures II (13:14) 2/16/62
  10. Gordon Mumma – Large Size Mograph (8:09) 12/16/62
  11. Gordon Mumma – A Quarter of Fourpiece (4:56) 2/9/63

Gordon Mumma in UbuWeb Film