The first in a series of compilations based on the concept of psychogeographical recordings in electroacoustic music, here describing abandoned McCarren Park in Brooklyn.
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Label: GD Stereo
Catalog ID: GD013
Squidco Product Code: 10197
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Gen Ken Montgomery
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"Ken Montgomery is a New York-based visual artist and "sound/composer" whose involvement in the cassette-culture and mail-art movements of the late seventies led to the creation, in 1989, of the first and arguably still the most important sound art gallery in New York City: Generator. Located first in the East Village and later in Chelsea, Generator's wide scope and novel approach toward audio art made it a vector-point for some of the most interesting and important artists from around the world. Ken was also the founder of A.T.M.O.T.W.- Art is Throwing Money Out The Window - and Generator Sound Art Inc., and he co-founded the seminal experimental labels Generations Unlimited and Pogus Productions. As a composer in the early eighties Ken was creating multi-channel sound works often performed in total darkness. More recently Ken has been focusing on visual art, collage, bookmaking, and international correspondence art. As The Minister of Lamination (a.k.a. Egnekn) he is the world's foremost practitioner of sonic Lamination Art. Montgomery has collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Conrad Schnitzler, Andrea Beeman, David Lee Myers (Arcane Device), Zoe Beloff, Michael Zodorozny, and Ishtvan Kantor (a.k.a. Monty Cantsin).
As a sound artist Ken Montgomery finds novel ways to work with sound. He has created an audio-only CD-ROM (Inner Eye / Outer Ear), a record label for experimental music (Generations Unlimited), the first sound art gallery in NYC (Generator), and a Ministry devoted to conducting one-on-one listening rituals (The Ministry of Lamination). Since 1985 he has been performing multi-channel sound concerts in intimate settings, often in total darkness. Montgomery began creating soundtracks for non-existent films in 1979 and distributed them on cassettes through what became known as the International Cassette Network. In composition and performance Montgomery has employed an ice crusher, an aquarium, a refrigerator, a hand massager and a laminator, to name a few.
In 2008 Montgomery was a visiting artist and taught Sound Art and New Media at the University of Cincinnati - College of DAAP. Montgomery has presented his sound work in Europe, Canada and the U.S. In New York his sound work has been heard at The Whitney Museum, P.S. 1, The Kitchen, White Columns, Rotunda Gallery, Issue Project Room, Pierogi 2000, Experimental Intermedia, P.S. 122, Roulette, Lotus Music & Dance, Gargoyle Mechanique, and The Pyramid Club. Montgomery was Artist in Residence at Harvestworks in 1992 and the Spritzenhaus in Hamburg in 1999. He received a Sound Art Fellowship from Media Alliance and The Jerome Foundation in 2000, and in 2003 he was awarded a NYFA Fellowship in Computer Arts.
Montgomery's music has been released on the finest labels in the world - De Fabriek, Esplendor Geometrico, Staalplaat, Banned Productions, Firework Editions, XI Records, GD Stereo, Pogus, Tellus, Touch, XV Parowek, Generations Unlimited and Generator Sound Art."-Gen Ken Montgomery Website (https://www.genkenmontgomery.com/bio.shtml)
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1. Gen Ken Montgomery - Washing The Hare Gen Ken Montgomery 8:14
2. Chop Shop - Dry Hole Chop Shop 8:57
3. Geoff Dugan - Mirage Geoff Dugan 8:46
4. Francisco López - Untitled Piece From McCurren Park Francisco López 8:58
5. Sean Meehan - Neglect Sean Meehan 8:57
6. Brian Conley - Empty Brian Conley 8:43
7. John Hudak - Amniotic Suspension John Hudak 9:31
8. If Bwana - Wednesday's Miracles If, Bwana 8:44
9. Pat Courtney - Astoria Park Pool Pat Courtney 2:47
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"The first release in a series of compilations based on the concept of psychogeographical recordings and the theory of the dérive among the artists (the various) assembled here. Musique concrète, electroacoustic and experimental music shape a psychogeographical map of the abandoned McCarren Park Play Center & Pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York. The 74' CD is packaged in a custom-designed wallet fold cover with images by Geoff Dugan. A blueline printed booklet insert contains graphics from each artist. Released in 1997."-GD Stereo
"A really nice compilation put together by Geoff Dugan back in 1997. All the pieces have something to do with the abandoned McCarren Park pool in Greenpoint Brooklyn, though if i hadn't read that fact in the liner notes i wouldn't know it. I've always thought thacompilations should be like good radio shows, introducing the listener to unknown work from artists familiar and not, and this one fits that bill.
We start with Gen Ken Montgomery's "Washing The Hare", field recordings with an odd stuttering quality joined by a child's song about- you guessed it- washing the hare/hair. Chop Shop contribute shifting, mysterious drones and compiler Geoff Dugan profers a nice field recording wherein the recordist slowly gets into the act, shuffling, sniffing and rustling. Francisco Lopez' "untitled piece from McGarren Park" starts in near silence and builds slowly to a chopped rumble with long echoey horns or bells. Sean Meehan's "Neglect" is all bowed or scraped metals (cymbals?) in a resonant space, really beautiful combinations of overtones. His page in the accompanying booklet looks like it might be a graphic score.
Brian Conley's "Empty" sounds like just that, sudden sounds popping through nothing and John Hudak's "Amniotic Suspension" is processed sounds of what may be water or fetal heartbeats rising and falling in pitch and thrown about. If Bwana contribute a percussion/synth/tape improvisation that's well paced and spidery and Pat Courtney winds up with could well be a recording of a crowded public pool, though oddly i don't hear any water. Maybe that's the point. If this HAD been a radio show, I wouldn't have turned off the radio."-Jeph Jerman, The Squid's Ear
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