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Udo Kasemets fonds
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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.

Correspondence with composers and performers, mainly of the 1960s avant-garde

File contains correspondence with: Frances (James) Adaskin, Murray Adaskin, Bill Aide, Anne Aitchison, Istvan Anhalt, Robert and Mary Ashley, Stanley Lunetta, Larry Austin (Source magazine), John Beckwith, Michael van Biel, George Caccioppo, Barney Childs, Oliver Daniel, Marvin Duchow, Judith Dunn, Morton Feldman, Dick Higgins, Harold Henderson, Otto Joachim, Burton Kaplan, Karl Kohn, Ernst Krenek, Brian Longworth (student composer at McGill), Alvin Lucier, William Maraldo, Edward Miller, John Mills-Cockell, Gordon Mumma, Roger Reynolds, Gardner Read, Raymond Rendall, George Rochberg, Donald Scavarda, Murray Schafer, Harry Somers, Bertram Turetzky, Aurelio de la Vega, Raymond Wilding-White, Eugene Wilson, and Klaus van Wrochem.

Correspondence from friends and associates

File includes correspondence from Murray Adaskin, Andra Akers, Roy Ascott (OCA), Dennis Burton, Carl Dahlhaus (form letter), Frank Denyer (Mouth of Hermes), Marvin Duchow, Pat and Cliff Elliott, Malcolm Goldstein, Susan Hicks (CMC), Elaine Keillor, Allan Mattes (Music Gallery); Marshal McLuhan, Georgi L. M. Nachoff, Geoffrey Payzant, Raga-Mala, Victor Schonfield (AMM group), Sylvia Smith, Michael Snow and Joyce Wieland, and Walter ? (Burlington ON).

Symposium: Synergetics and the arts : correspondence

File includes correspondence with Ralph Abraham, José Argüelles, Michael Ben-Eli, Arthur Boutilier, John Cage, Austin Clarkson, H. S. M. Coxeter, Andrew Culver, David Dunn, Amy Edmondson, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Juan Gever, Ben Johnston, Kenneth King, Alcides Lanza, Lucy Lippard, Arthur L. Loeb, Alvin Lucier, Jackson Mac Low, Neil McNeil, Gary Murphy, New Music Concerts, Pauline Oliveros, David Suzuki, James Tenney, Hildegard Westerkamp & Norman Ruebsaat, Windstar Foundation, and Gayle Young. File also includes biographical information.

Yi jing jitterbug

File contains a version for James Tenney (50 Hz Octet) and for David Mott (Soloctet).

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.

Festival of art and technology

File contains correspondence with performers and other organizers of the Ryerson Univesity event: 2 telegrams, Billy Kluver; 4 postcards, Gordon Mumma; letter, John Giorno; telegram, Victor Schonfield; letter, Dave Platnick; letter, Lowell Cross; 4 letters, Don Gillies; letter, Av Isaacs; letter, Ron Napier; letter, Les Levine; and, letter, Harold Aiken. File also contains newspaper articles and reviews.

Mixed media concerts, various locations

File contains correspondence with performers and administrators, including: Carl Morey, Stuart Dempster, Greg Curnoe, Canada Council offici, Grant Sampson, Cornelius Cardew, Graham Nesbitt, Terry Riley, Alvin Lucier, Rachelle Mingail, Brian Mitchell, autograph material, Lowell Cross. File also contains the budget for first concert, programs, publicity material, and newspaper reviews from Toronto, Kingston, and Montreal.

Wordmusic mix

Item is a reel-to-reel tape, which was recorded at the Electronic Music Studio (EMS) at McGill University by Alcides Lanza, Ted Dawson, Margaret Henry, Michel Longtin, and Bill Miller with a Scully and two Ampex tape machines.

Musics for and with John Cage

File contains 64 Provocations for John Cage, a CBC radio program, and correspondence with John Cage. File also contains tape loop charts in coloured ink; paste-up of script; Music of today, CBC radio series; drafts of scripts for programs on Cage; 65th birthday "Celebration week"; concert programs; typescript invitation for "Messagemix"; draft of radio script; and, mixing chart.

Useful knowledge

File contains the manuscript scores for Music of the first hundred natural numbers: for piano solo (by Kasemets); Business in Baltimore: for narrator and pianist (by Kasemets); sketches; and, related correspondence.

Serge Garant biography

File contains typescript of Draft II, including 2 versions of conclusion: 113 1; Photocopies of music examples: 20 + 2 + 18 1; and, correspondence with Ron Schoeffel, John Beckwith, Garant, and Keith MacMillan.

5 [square root of] 5 : for two pianos

File consists of a copy of the BMI publication, including performance instructions and parts for two pianists (piano with wooden and/or skinned percussion; and, piano with metal and/or glass percussion).

Concerts at Isaacs Gallery

File contains correspondence (typed and handwritten) with composers and performers, including: Norman Friedman, Max Neuhaus, Marian Cummings, Canada Council officials, Judith Dunne (ONCE), Jill Johnston, Bertram Turetzky, John Cage, Gordon Mumma, Michael Snow, E.A. Wilkinson (Hart House), Aurelio de la Vega, Alvin Lucier, Dick [Higgins], Postcard signed by Gordon Mumma, David Behrman, Mary Lucier, Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley, Lee Hepner (Hamilton PO), and David Jones. File also contains programs, newspaper and magazine reviews and articles.


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).

Visions, op. 31

File includes three copies from the holograph score in ink, with pencil annotations by Kasemets; two holograph scores; and a draft and sketches in pencil.

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).

Ontario College of Art projects

Series consists of Udo Kasemets's notebooks, posters, and plans for projects at the Ontario College of Art (OCA). Series also contains Kasemets's OCA teaching materials and notes.

Udo Kasemets fonds

  • CA 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

Lists, indexes, and other documents

File contains biographical data; list of compositions and performances to 1967; chronology of avant-garde activities; classified index of compositions; printed BMI catalogue page with additions; notes for the catalogue about works to be issued; 1 score sampler; printed flyer with; personal photographs; and, an index of columns in the Toronto Star, 1959-1963, prepared by Jeremy Strachan.

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