Watch composer David Rosenboom hook John and Yoko up to a biofeedback machine and process it through synths

This has gotta be one of the weirdest moments on the Mike Douglas Show. John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Chuck Berry and Mike, all seated on the floor, while David Rosenboom and partner (unknown to me), hook all but Chuck, who remains silent, up to a biofeedback processor, producing sounds then manipulated by the use of synthesizers (any info on what synths would be appreciated), as they discuss the nature of biofeedback therapy. A time piece for sure.

From the Whitney Museum of American Art’s (with whom Rosenboom has frequently worked), Rosenboom bio: “Since the 1960s David Rosenboom has explored the spontaneous evolution of musical forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for ensembles, multi-disciplinary composition and performance, cross-cultural collaborations, performance art and literature, interactive multi-media and new instrument technologies, generative algorithmic systems, art-science research and philosophy, and extended musical interface with the human nervous system.”

A very Terry Riley-ish recording from 1975’s, Brainwave Music.

From Rosenboom’s 1980 release, Daytime Viewing, with longtime Robert Ashley collaborator, vocalist/designer/graphic artist, Jacqueline Humbert…

unfortunately I couldn’t find a clip of Rosenboom’s collaboration with Anthony Braxton.


Happy Birthday, Yoko Ono

Few performers are as perfunctorily dismissed as Yoko Ono. Whether it’s her perceived role in the breakup of The Beatles, her Fluxus art/performances, or the admittedly difficult and often banshee-like caterwauling, that accompanied some of her avant garde rock experiments, few names elicit such vehemently negative appraisals. Undoubtedly her connection to the biggest band in the world exposed her to a wider audience, and one that was not entirely prepared for such challenging music, making her much more of a target than say the similarly styled Linda Sharrock, whose work graced the free jazz recordings of her husband, Sonny Sharrock’s, work.
The sad fact is that most people’s disregard goes without further investigation than these deliberately anti-commercial recordings. Yoko produced a varied body of work, which included subtle ballads, dance floor funk, straight rockers and the occasional nod to 60’s Japanese Pop, in addition to her experimentation with vocals, tape collage and electronics.
In honor of her birthday, I ripped the longest original mix of her mutant disco classic, Walking On Thin Ice, taken from the John Lennon bootleg, Yin Yang. This version clocks in at 8 minutes, and features amazing lead guitar all over it. I seem to remember a rumor that the guitar work was courtesy of Robert Fripp or Adrian Belew (which would make sense as fellow King Crimson member, Tony Levin, is the track’s bassist). Lennon does play guitar, quite possibly the lead, and it’s a tragic footnote, that this is his last recording. His fatal shooting occurred on the way back from the studio following the sessions for this track.

and onto the Avant Bluez Rock of her 1971 LP, Fly. Heavy Beefheart/Magic Band influence on display

Kim Fowley: The AMAZING Ugly Things interview

Thanks to Mike Stax for posting this to the internet, in the light of Kim’s passing. Even if you think you have no interest in him, this interview is an engrossing and hilarious read. With Kim going a mile a minute, the interview format is largely moot. Every story is merely a touching off point for Kim’s vast experiences. Names aren’t so much dropped, as bombed, and these are BIG names. Additionally, interviewer Mike Stax is able to wrest out some info on Kim’s lesser known productions, for the true Fowleyphile.

and how did I forget this gem in my previous post?