Two previously unreleased recordings from Philip Corner's "Gong/Ear" series of works. Side A was recorded on a South German night train ride in 1990, side B in the Alps in 1994.
« Riding the rails. Down the Rhine at-night alone in a compartment making music for my-self with those Korean-shaman-cymbals given as a gift from Ho-Sun Cheon (husband of Hong-Hee Kim who later will organize the festival 'The SeOUL of Fluxus' and invite-me come-and-participate) when he was cultural attaché to Denmark and came to the 'Fantastics' festival in Roskilde) ... yes consider them part of the 'Gong/Ear' series of (call them) Metal Meditations which started manyyear befor from HighSchool teaching, an Experimental Music wher i turnd-out to be the lerner, reducing the possibl-abilitys of all resonant metals to a rezonant essensetial, and so following me my whole life into now. In to the Rail Road wher outersound ov an other kountry enters into my manipyulayshunz ov those sacred circles. At othertimes that sound going-out to be ears of other dancers and so their bodys body'smove-ments coming bak to me as a kind-ov audiovisual feedbackloop---many ov such artistic lovers, until coming in-a-way to that same Korea sound enshrined forever on the 'Gong/Ear: Shaman' recording: The Wormhole CD completing a circl in-a-way even bak to Korea. Later, as progresses (one coud say) in all my creativwork-concepts-becoms the greater generlizayshun 'Withinstacys'---a fulfillment of 'extasy'---wher every notesoundaction must be perfect, by immediate and uncontrovertabl certeinty. »" (Philip Corner)
Philip Corner (born 1933 in New Yok) is an American composer, trombonist, alphornist, vocalist, pianist, music theorist, music educator, and visual artist. He was a founding participant of Fluxus
since 1961, was a resident composer and musician with the Judson Dance Theatre from 1962 to 1964 and later with the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. He co-founded with Malcolm Goldstein and James Tenney the Tone Roads Chamber Ensemble in 1963, with Julie Winter Sounds Out of Silent Spaces in 1972 and with Barbara Benary and Daniel Goode, Gamelan Son of Lion in 1976.