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If Artists Ran the Country . . .

I acquired this poem in Tompkins Square Park, which is located in the East Village section of New York City, during the recent HOWL Festival.


No mention is made of what musicians would do if artists ran the country, but I imagine every street corner would resonate with the sweet and sour sounds of the Optivideotone, Clackamore, Moodswinger . . .

Shimmy and shake at Odd Music.

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The sonic explorers and diggers of the very deep at the ARChive have gathered the following odd instrument recordings for the ARChive’s holdings:

Glass Orchestra

The Glass Orchestra The Glass Orchestra (Music Gallery Editions 10, clear vinyl). Toronto ensemble that works exclusively in the medium of glass, employing custom or hand-made instruments (glass harmonica, flute, xylophone) and found objects (bowls, wine glasses, bottles, tubes, etc).

Silver Apples 1

Silver Apples 2


Silver Apples Silver Apples (Kapp KS-3562). This 1968 LP was recorded by the New York duo who performed on percussion and “the Simeon” which consisted of audio oscillators and manual controls played with the hands, elbows, knees, and feet.

— Bryan

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