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Rhys Chatham’s mixtape

Verity Sharp presents a mixtape compiled by legendary experimental composer, guitarist, trumpet player and flautist Rhys Chatham.

Verity Sharp presents a mixtape compiled by legendary experimental composer, guitarist, trumpet player and flautist Rhys Chatham.

Classically trained in New York, after leaving the conservatory in the early 1970s Chatham became the curator at a music venue in Soho and worked with giants of the scene like Maryanne Amacher, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, Brian Eno and Robert Fripp - to name just a few. Chatham had originally been introduced to electronic music and composition by Morton Subotnick in the late 60s, had studied composition with La Monte Young and played in Tony Conrad’s early group.

He soon became tired of producing other people’s music and after hearing an early concert recording of the Ramones, he was inspired to combine rock instrumentation with the avant garde minimalism he had worked so often with as a producer.

In 1977 Rhys created the seminal composition Guitar Trio, which he described as ‘Tony Conrad meets the Ramones’. Over the past forty years, he’s been working to make use of armies of electric guitars in special tunings, culminating in A Crimson Grail in 2005 - a piece for 400 electric guitars.

Chatham has also been working with various brass configurations since 1982, deploying techniques inherited from the early New York minimalist and 70s loft jazz period. Since 2014, Rhys has been touring a solo program featuring an electric guitar in a Pythagorean tuning trumpets and bass alto and C flutes.

Rhys’ mixtape draws on his background as a curator of 1970s New York avant garde and reflects the inspiration he finds in minimalism and punk rock, as well as classical and jazz, with pieces from Eliane Radigue, Iggy Pop, Pérotin the Great and Don Cherry.

Produced by Katie Callin for Reduced Listening.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Hanno Leichtmann

    Einhelt von Mass und Zahl

    • Nouvelle Aventure.
    • Karlrecords.
  • Rhys Chatham

    Guitar Trio

    • Die Donnergötter.
    • Homestead Records.
  • GERRY O'CONNOR

    Last Nights Joy

    • LAST NIGHT'S JOY.
    • Claddagh Records.
  • Ercília Costa

    O Meu Filho (Oh My Son)

    • My Torment.
  • Emmanuelle Parrenin

    Liturgie

    • Maison Rose - réédition 2017.
    • Souffle Continu Records.
  • Rhys Chatham's mixtape

    • John Cage

      Fontana Mix

      • Fontana Mix.
      • EL RECORDS.
    • Leonard Bernstein

      Overture

      Orchestra: Candide 1999 Orchestra.
      • Candide.
      • First Night Records.
    • Giles Farnaby

      Bony Sweet Robin

      Performer: Rachelle Taylor.
      • Vox Virginalis - Byrd, Philips, Bull, Morley / Taylor.
      • Atma Classique.
    • Edgard Varèse

      Density 21.5

      Performer: Jacques Zoon.
      • The Complete Works.
      • Decca ‎.
    • Morton Subotnick

      Silver Apples Of The Moon

      • Silver Apples Of The Moon · The Wild Bull.
      • wergo, wergo.
    • Pérotin

      Alleluia Nativitas

      Ensemble: Ensemble Gilles Binchois. Director: Dominique Vellard.
      • Pérotin & L'École De Notre Dame.
      • Ambroisie.
    • Maryanne Amacher

      Chorale 1

      • Sound Characters.
      • Tzadik.
    • La Monte Young

      The Well-Tuned Piano

      • The Well-Tuned Piano 81 X 25 6:17:50 - 11:18:59 PM NYC.
      • Gramavision.
    • Michael Nyman

      Bird List Song

      • Michael Nyman.
      • Piano Records.
    • Igor Stravinsky

      L'Histoire Du Soldat suite instrumentale

      • L'Histoire Du Soldat.
    • Karlheinz Stockhausen

      Zeitmasse For Five Woodwinds

      • Philips.
    • Earth

      Introduction

      • Pentastar: In The Style Of Demons.
      • Sub Pop.
    • Éliane Radigue

      Triptych Part 3

      • Triptych.
      • Important Records.
    • Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell

      Mu

      • Mu.
      • BYG Records.
    • Charlemagne Palestine

      Strumming Music

      • Strumming Music.
      • Shandar.
    • Ramones

      Beat On The Brat

      • Rockaway Beach / Teenage Lobotomy / Beat On The Brat.
      • Sire.
    • Steve Reich

      Piano Phase

      Performer: Double Edge. Performer: Edmund Niemann. Performer: Nurit Tilles.
      • Early Works.
      • Elektra Nonesuch.
    • John Cage

      Williams Mix

      • Williams Mix.
  • Terry Riley

    Poppy Nogood And The Phantom Band

    • Poppy Nogood & The Phantom Band / A Rainbow In Curved Air.
    • CBS.
  • Rhys Chatham's mixtape

    • Oren Ambarchi

      Sagittarian Domain

      • Sagittarian Domain.
      • Editions Mego.
    • Giles Farnaby

      Giles Fanaby's Dream / His Rest / Farnaby's Conceit

      Performer: Eric Stolz.
      • Giles Farnaby’s Dream and his Rest. Ernst Stolz - virginals.
  • Lucrecia Dalt & Jan Jelinek

    Tar

    • Tar (Jan Jelinek Remix).
    • Rvng Intl..

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