Notes & Reviews:
Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV) began one evening in the spring of 1966 as Alan Bryant, Alvin Curran, Jon Phetteplace, Carol Plantamura, Frederic Rzweski, Richard Teitelbaum and Ivan Vandor were in Rome overlooking the Pantheon. MEV's music right from the start was totally open, allowing all and everything to come in and seeking in every way to get out beyond the heartless conventions of contemporary music. In the name of the collectivity, the group abandoned both written scores and leadership and replaced them with improvisation and critical listening. In the general euphoria of the times, MEV thought it had re-invented music; in any case it had certainly rediscovered it. This 4-CD set, covering the years 1967–2007, comprises the best surviving recorded documents from four decades of performances. As such, it is an invaluable historical anthology of one of the pioneering and truly legendary exponents of live-electronic music.
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