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Udo Kasemets fonds
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Udo Kasemets fonds

  • OTUFM 11
  • Fonds
  • 1947-2011

Fonds consists of sketches, drafts, and texts for Udo Kasemets’s compositions, including scores prior to 1960 that use conventional media, and those after 1960, which consists of multi-purpose scores, combination scores, and theatre pieces. The fonds also contains programs and press notices for performances by Udo Kasemets and of his works; correspondence with many American avant-garde musicians; and Kasemets’s projects and notes from his time teaching at the Ontario College of Art.

Kasemets, Udo

Wordmusic/Interface (any dictionary)

File contains materials relating to "Wordmusic/Interface (any dictionary)" for readers, tape recorders, mixers at diverse geographical locations using postal, air-express, radio, or telecommunition. Materials include: 1 file of sketches (coloured inks); 1 score : typescript and ink; "process data" (wall and road maps, addresses of participants, etc.); information and instruction to participants (typescript); list of "Eartharound" participants (ink); charts of tape mixes; notes for Ontario College of Art performances on March 5, 12, 31, 1974 (pencil and ink); and correspondence with Trevor Wishart, Conrado Silva, Paul Grant, Dick [Higgins], Pat Elliott, [Graham] Chal[lifour], Giancarlo Cardini, Don Druick, Pauline Oliveros, Clive Robertson, Bob Pritchard, Richard Teitelbaum, Svend Aaquist Johansen, and Alcides Lanza. The file includes Wor(l)d music: instructions for a stereo tapemix. Part of Quartet of quartets.

Sound recordings

Series consists of materials for: Cascando (1963-1965), Wordsong (1971-1973), Guitarmusic for John Cage (1972-1975), Wordmusic (1973-1974), Mikemusics (1973-1977), Silencesong (1974), Minutemusics (1977-1980), Thunderword (1978-1979), Nonologue (Onemanshow, 1980), and Sh! (Mikemusics, 1973-1977).


File contains posters for Music Gallery event and a typescript of the description. File also contains: Udo's memorybank: "index of inputs," including sketches, and photocopy with playing-card pagination; Sixty cycles, including program, a copy of typed letter inviting contributions, and sketches for tape work in ink; Nonologue, including a copy of typed invitation letter, album of responses with address labels and stamps, and correspondence from Dick Higgins, Mary Ashley, Don Druick, Pauline Oliveros, Jackson Mac Low, John Beckwith, Robert Ashley, Graham Coughtry, and Nobuo Kubota; Tokens of thanks, including a draft and a copy of typescript. File also contains 4 albums of small black and white photos, mostly self-portraits, often double-exposed, and "36 questions with 36 responses" (typescript).


File includes charts, sketches, various realizations; program notes; and notes on 1 March 1969 performance.


File contains te Ontario College of Art 1977 version, the Music Gallery February 1980 version, and 27.5 : Minutemusics '83.


File contains two folders of performance materials (ink); a photocopy of performance instructions (typescript with additions in pencil and coloured ink); tape charts; posters; and, programs.

Canavangard : correspondence with contributing composers

File contains correspondence with: Istvan Anhalt, George Caccioppo, Barney Childs, Lowell Cross, Serge Garant, Hugh Hartwell, Syd Hodkinson, Peter Huse, Otto Joachim, Lynn Lonidier, Alvin Lucier, John Mills-Cockell, Gordon Mumma, Pauline Oliveros, John Rea, Murray Schafer, and Gilles Tremblay.

Cascando : tape 2 of 3

Item is a reel-to-reel tape, which includes Spitzer, Mills & Bates Limited; Sani-Flush "Hospital Clean"; and, 30-sec. French TV, according to its label.


Item is a reel-to-reel tape. The label is signed by Udo Kasemets.


Item is a reel-to-reel tape, which was made by Dick Higgins and Michael Cooper. According to the description on the box, it was "recorded on round hook rug in library of Dick Higgins's house on Cisco Road in Barton, Vermont from 9:15 pm on. Read by Dick Higgins and Michael Cooper, recorded on Sony E.S.P. auto reverse machine at 19 cm, 8-track (mostly blank) stereo. Was supposed to include version by Clive Robertson which failed to arrive in time - proceeded without." The dictionaries used include Svensk-Engelsk ordbok (Stockholm: La¨romedelsfo¨rlagen, Spra°kfo¨rlaget, 1970); David Kin, ed., Dictionary of American Proverbs (New York: Philosophical Library, 1955); Pierre Artigue, ed., Qui sont les leaders congolais? (Brussels: Editions Europe-Afrique, 1961); Heinz Küpper, ed., Wörterbuch der Deutschen Umgangsprache, Band I (Hamburg: Claassen Verlag, 1963); J.E. Mansion, ed., Mansion's Shorter French and English Dictionary (Boston: D.C. Heath and Co., 1940); Richard Burn, A New Law Dictionary (Dublin: Brett Smith, 1792); Bruce Rodgers, ed., The Queen's Vernacular, a Gay Lexicon (San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, 1972); Hans Sperber and Travis Trittschuh, eds., Dictionary of American Political Terms (New York: McGraw Hill Book Company, 1962); Hyman E. Goldin, ed., A Treasury of Jewish Holidays (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1952); Marjorie Tallman, Dictionary of American Folklore (New York: Philosophical Library, 1959); Hyman E. Goldin, Frank O'Leary, and Morris Lipsius, Dictionary of American Underworld Lingo (New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1950); and, Gustav Davidson, A Dictionary of angels including Fallen angels (New York: Free Press, 1957).


Item is a reel-to-reel tape with two readings, one recorded in either direction. The box is signed by Udo Kasemets.

Cascando : tape 3 of 3

Item is the master reel-to-reel tape, which includes All Clear "Du Barry"; 1-20 sec.; and, Beep on No. 3 dead sync, according to its label.


Item is a reel-to-reel tape with two readings, one recorded in either direction. The box is signed by Udo Kasemets.

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