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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

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).

Mikemusic I : chimes

Item is a reel-to-reel tape, which was recorded at Ontario College of Art (OCA) East.

Wordsong

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

Wordsong

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

Wordsong

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

Cascando : tape 1 of 3

Item is the master reel-to-reel tape, which includes two versions each of "Mashed potatoes" and "Instant Tea."

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.

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.

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.

Wordmusic

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: Läromedelsförlagen, Språkförlaget, 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).

Audio recordings

Series consists of audio recordings of works by Talivaldis Kenins, including some recordings of performances conducted by Kenins and some world premieres. Many of the recordings were made for CBC broadcast. Others were performed at the University of Toronto. The series also includes three audio cassettes from a 1996 program on CJRT-FM that featured an interview with Kenins interspersed with recordings of his compositions, and recordings of Kenins' son George Juris Kenins performing the cello.

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