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The Oak of the Golden Dreams - Richard Maxfield, Harold Budd

Audio Samples

>Maxfield, Richard : Pastoral Symphony
>Maxfield, Richard : Bacchanale
>Maxfield, Richard : Concerto for Piano for David Tudor
>Maxfield, Richard : Amazing Grace
>Budd, Harold : Oak of the Golden Dreams
>Budd, Harold : Coeur D'Orr

Album Summary

>Maxfield, Richard : Pastoral Symphony
>Maxfield, Richard : Bacchanale
>Maxfield, Richard : Concerto for Piano for David Tudor
>Maxfield, Richard : Amazing Grace
>Budd, Harold : Oak of the Golden Dreams
>Budd, Harold : Coeur D'Orr
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Terry Jennings (saxophone); Charles Orena (soprano saxophone); David Tudor (piano).

This CD collects long-unavailable recordings of two important figures in American avant garde/minimalist music, Richard Maxfield and Harold Budd, from the early 1960s and late '60s respectively. Maxfield is closer in essence to Cage and Stockhausen in that he uses "found" and pre-recorded sounds - but he uses them in a minimalist fashion. The concrete sound range from delicate and provocative collages to entrancing white-noise soundscapes. The subtly rhythmic 'Bacchanale' and 'Amazing Grace' (1963) anticipate "sampling." In the former, incorporating various snatches of folk music from around the world, along with interactions by four musicians; in the latter, voices and noises, though "collaged," imply a cyclic rhythm.

Budd's music is more akin to Terry Riley's melodious, jazz-inflected style of minimalism. 'Coeur D'Orr' is a piece for soprano saxophone, organ and electronics--the contrast between sustained tones and Middle Eastern-tinged saxophone swirls is both soothing and stimulating. The title piece is performed by Budd on the Buchla synthesizer. It sounds a bit dated--recalling early 1970s progressive rock--but is charming and absorbing in an oddly baroque-to-classical-period manner.

THE OAK OF THE GOLDEN DREAMS is highly recommended to fans of minimalism (especially Riley), minimalist-influenced rock and the New York school of early-60s avant garde (Cage, Young, et.al.)

REVIEWS:

Fanfare (1-2/00, p.224) - "...The least interesting [of the Richard Maxfield works] is the Bacchanale...the other three pieces are all quite interesting and importantly, are all short enough so that their compositional procedures don't wear out their welcome..."



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Works Details

>Maxfield, Richard : Pastoral Symphony
  • Performer: Richard Maxfield (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Maxfield, Richard : Bacchanale
  • Performers: Robert Block (Prepared Violin); Fahrad Machkat (Violin); Robert Block (Violin); Terry Jennings (Saxophone); Edward Fields (Spoken Vocals); Terry Jenning (Saxophone); Nicolas Roussakis (Clarinet); Richard Maxfield (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Maxfield, Richard : Concerto for Piano for David Tudor
  • Performer: David Tudor (Piano)
  • Notes: Excerpt from the album's liner notes by Kyle Gann:
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Maxfield, Richard : Amazing Grace
  • Performers: Richard Maxfield (Electronics); Richard Maxfield (Tapes)
  • Notes: This work mixes tape loops from two sources: a speech by revivalist James G. Brodie and electronic fragments from an opera Maxfield had make in 1958 entitled 'Stacked Deck.'
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Budd, Harold : Oak of the Golden Dreams
  • Performers: Harold Budd (Spoken Vocals); Harold Budd (Electronics)
  • Notes: This selection was realized on the Buchla Electronic Music System at California Institute of the Arts, Burbank .
  • Running Time: 18 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Budd, Harold : Coeur D'Orr
  • Performers: Charles Oreña; Harold Budd (Tapes)
  • Notes: This selection features an electronic background on organ comprised of two tracks, one of wich is another 1970 Budd work, Candy Apple Revision.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio