For immediate release
Contact: Richard Zvonar 818-788-2202
or Gerry Fialka 310-306-7330
American Composers Forum of Los Angelesâ€™ SPECIAL
SALON series proudly presents the interactive workshop
McLUHAN AS MUSIC by GERRY FIALKA
on Sunday, August 29, 2004 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm at Sponto Gallery,
7 Dudley Ave, Venice, 310-306-7330. Admission $10.
Music outsider Gerry Fialka will examine Marshall McLuhan's probe:
"Song is slowed-down speech. The reason cultures have different musical
tastes is ultimately connected to language difference" by surveying the
anti-hits of The Shaggs, Igor Stravinsky's Harvard lectures (attempting
to prove that music is an expression of itself and nothing more), Korla
Pandit's "Universal Language of Music" philosophy, The Mothers Of
Invention's employment of Sprechstimme, Ornette Coleman's harmolodic
philosophy, John Oswald's Plunderphonics, and air molecule sculptures
by Captain Beefheart, George Russell and Sun Ra. "Music is the Mother
art"-Frank Lloyd Wright. "The best music does not want to be recorded"
-Tom Waits. The participants will employ McLuhan's Tetrad (four
questions to uncover the hidden environments and effects of human
inventions) to explore the art of composing music, and much more.
Gerry Fialka has hosted the Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake
Reading Club since 1995. Visit: jesgrew.org/wake/