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Artist: PATTERSON, BEN
Title: Tells Fluxus Stories (From 1962 To 2002)
Format: CD
Label: ? Records/Hundertmark
Country: Germany
Price: $23.00
"Scholarly Notes: On 14,03,02 Sabine Felker and Gerhard Westerrath recorded this interview with me, in my kitchen, in Wiesbaden, Germany, Wandersmannstr. 2B. My decision to use Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss, as background music happened several months later." - Ben Patterson 31,07.02 .

Artist: PATTERSON, BEN
Title: A Fluxus Elegy
Format: One Sided LP
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
One-sided LP in an edition of 345 copies. "The new Ben Patterson piece, issued on Alga Marghens VocSon series, is based on the basic principles of the polyphonic music of the Bantu tribes of West and Central Africa. First principle: the practice of interlocking individual pitches or tones performed by one person into spaces between other pitches or tones performed by another person, thus alternating pitches or tones of one part with those of another part to create a whole. Second principle: use of cyclical and open-ended forms involving one or more ostinato melodic/rhythmic pattern as a foundation. Third principle: community participation...non-specialists are encouraged to join in long performances with much repetition. Fourth principle: rhythmic complexity with the juxtaposition of double and triple patterns, multiple layering of different patterns, and interaction between a core foundation and improvised parts. And, most important, the family ownership of a specific tone: in the musical culture of these tribes, each ancestral family owns and is responsible for one or more specific tones, which must be sounded at specific points, sequencing with the many other specific tones owned by other families, to create a seamless melody. Ben Patterson made a music based on this information by taking the initials of artists listed in Fluxus: The Most Radical and Experimental Art Movement of the Sixties and encoding them in basic International Morse Code. These dots and dashes were then performed on a Yamaha DJX keyboard (voice pattern setting), connected to a Digitech JamMan Looper (over-dub setting), connected to an Eurorack MX 602A mixer. Front cover reproducing the original score." - Alga Marghen.

Artist: PATTERSON, BEN
Title: Born In The State Of FLUX/us
Format: Double CD
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $51.00
"Published for the opening of Ben Patterson first large retrospective exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, this double CD anthology includes both historical recordings taken from the Early Works (issued some years ago by alga marghen), from 370 Flies CDs (an art multiple also issued by alga marghen and long sold out) as well as the first digital version of the no longer available LP titled A Fluxus Elegy and a previously unpublished track. The first CD starts with the first ever recording of Ants (1960), one of Ben Patterson first graphic scores, pre-dating the Fluxus group. Also included in this CD are two essential 1961 documents: Duo For Voice And A String Instrument and Variations for Double-bass, both recorded in concert at the Galerie Parnass in 1962; this event has special historic significance in that it included the first public presentation by George Maciunas of his Fluxus manifesto and plans for the Wiesbaden Fluxus Festival. Two more tracks titled Paper Piece(1960), the work that cut the umbilical cord to all of the authors previous classical and contemporary musical training and experience, and Pond (1962), a piece that reminds of Richard Maxfields electronic music with voice collage, see the collaboration of Philip Corner, Walter Marchetti and Davide Mosconi. The second CD includes more recent works as A Simple Opera (1995), a repetitive hommage to Emmett Willons on his 70th birthday, also recorded in collaboration with Philip Corner, Walter Marchetti and Davide Mosconi; 370 Flies (2003) for electronic loops and voice; as well as A Fluxus Elegy (2006), previously issued on Alga Marghens VocSon LP series and based on the basic principles of the polyphonic music of the Bantu tribes of West and Central Africa, applied to the initials of artists listed in Fluxus: The Most Radical and Experimental Art Movement of the Sixties, through encoding them in basic International Morse Code. Starting as a virtuoso double-bass performer of classical music, Ben Patterson was one of the very first founders of the Fluxus Group in Wiesban. This digipak CD will introduce you to some American neo-avantgarde music classics, a crossover between John Cage exploding influences and the experimental art atmosphere of the early 1960s in Europe. Edition limited to 200 copies in silkscreened digipack sleeve, including a 4 page folded insert with liner notes, original score as well as performance photos and program from the 1962 concert at Galerie Parnass, Wuppertal." -Alga Marghen
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Artist: PATTERSON, BEN
Title: Drip Music/370 Flies
Format: CDR
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $45.00
"Gerge Brecht Drip Music (1959). Realization by Ben Patterson, 2002. As the author wrote in the liner notes: Recently, as I was preparing a concert of classic Fluxus works, I decided to re-examine the original scores, rather than rely on my memory of preformances of the traditional interpretations of these works. Thus, I discovered that George Brechts original instructions for Drip Music allowed for both a single source or multiple sources of dripping water. Remembering Georges first career as a chemist, employing laboratory equipment to produce multiple, dripping sources seemed appropriate. A device was constructed including 3 gerbil water bottles suspended from metal rods and a piece of molded plastic packaging, amplified with contact microphone. Only micro adjustments were made to provide differing drip frequencies. No electro-acoustic manipulations or editorial tricks. Also included is Ben Patterson 370 Flies (2003), dedicated to the double-bassist Sylvester Paumgartner (178?-18??) for inspiring this work. A list of artificial flies names read over the sound loops derived from the fourth movement of Franz Schuberts String Quintet, D 667 op. post. 114, the Trout Quintet. An artificial fly is included on front cover, while a reproduction of the Drip Music score is stamped on the back cover. CDR edition limited to 200 signed copies." - Alga Marghen.
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Artist: PATTERSON, BEN
Title: Early Works
Format: CD
Label: Alga Marghen
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
“2002 release. Alga Marghen proudly presents the first record ever produced by Ben Patterson: "This is not only my first CD, but also the first recordings of these works available to the general public." Starting as a virtuoso double-bass performer of classical music, Ben Patterson was one of the very first founders of the Fluxus Group in Wiesban. This digipak CD will introduce you to some American neo-avant garde music classics, a crossover between John Cages exploding influences and the experimental art atmosphere of the early 1960s in Europe. The compact disc program includes two essential 1961 documents: "Duo for Voice and a String Instrument" and "Variations for Double-Bass," both recorded in concert at the Galerie Parnass in 1962; this event has special historic significance in that it included the first public presentation by George Maciunas of his Fluxus manifesto and plans for the Wiesbaden Fluxus Festival. "Duo" was Pattersons most ambitious and lost attempt to combine graphic notation and chance operations for the realization of a performance score, while "Variations" represents the moment when, unexpectedly, out of some unknown place, something new entered the process -- humor! The other three tracks were recorded in Milano especially for this release; a collaboration with Philip Corner, Walter Marchetti, Davide Mosconi, and a few more friends. These newly-recorded pieces include "A Simple Opera" (1995), a repetitive homage to Emmett Williams on his 70th birthday; "Paper Piece" (1960), the work that cut the umbilical cord to all of the authors previous classical and contemporary musical training and experience, and "Pond" (1961), a piece that reminds of Richard Maxfields electronic music with voice collage. The edition includes a fold-out 16-page insert with original scores and photos.” - Alga Marghen.

Artist: PATTERSON, BEN
Title: Liverpool Soundworks - Volume One
Format: CD
Label: Audio Research Editions
Country: UK
Price: $17.00
2 limited edition CDs on Fluxus artist Ben Pattersons own label, distributed by Alga Marghen. "The Liverpool Song Lines (2257"): for many year Ben Patterson has been fascinated by the so-called song lines of the Australian Aborigine. Musically, these songs for solo voice, sometimes accompanied by beating-sticks, are not especially stirring for Western ears. Rather, for the artist, it is the concept underlying the text which is remarkable. These songs describe flora, fauna and places which are sacred in the mythology of the Aborigine. But these birds and trees and rivers and rocks are not imaginary or mythological inventions. Thus, if the set of songs is sung in the correct sequence, they link a series of landmarks in such a way as to provide an aural map, guiding the traveller from here to there in a trackless Australian out-back. The River Mersey (2314"): from Ellesmere Port to Bootle; or, from Bootle to Ellesmere Port; or, in both directions in the same time. The graphic score of this piece is a site-inspired, adaptation of Ben Pattersons early work, Duo-1961, for Voice and String Player (issued by Alga Marghen in Ben Patteron Early Works CD) for the performance with the Frakture Big Band at the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, Tuesday 29 October 2002. Compact disc packaged in mini-LP style card sleeve and full colour inner wallet." - Audio Research Editions.

Artist: PATTERSON, BEN
Title: Liverpool Soundworks - Volume Two
Format: CD
Label: Audio Research Editions
Country: UK
Price: $17.00
"Surveying Western Philosophy using China Tools (3345"): Western philosophy is thought to have begun along the Ionian coast of Asia Minor in the sixth century B.C. Chinese astrology is thought to have begun in China in the thirtieth century B.C. Would a survey using the tools of an ancient Chinese imperial science give us new and fresh reading of Western philosophy? The year in which a person was born is of singular importance in Chinese astrology as each year is governed by an animal sign. In total there are twelve such animal signs, beginning with the Rat and ending with the Pig. Art as Thinking - Thinking as Art (3726"): a lecture by Ben Patterson at Liverpool School of Art and Design, 25 November 2003." - Audio Research Editions.

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