I have been working for about a year with my friend David Porter to release a CD documenting the electronic composer Terry Rusling. He was influential to both of us and gave us three or four Deutsche Grammofon Avant Garde sets and encouraged our pursuits in music and visual art. We have spent the last year going through all his tapes and have released a CD of his music on my label Spool.
Terry Rusling was a Canadian composer of electronic music. He also worked as an engineer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Several of his works, including The Trains (1966), a piece of musique concrète, were broadcast on the CBC. Other projects included a CBC Radio program combining Rusling’s music with Earle Birney’s sound poetry. After the piece was performed they discussed their personal approaches to their art forms. A related collaboration with poet Gwendolyn MacEwen, combining poetry with electronic music, was also broadcast on CBC Radio. In another project, Rusling worked with English performance artist and sound poet Bob Cobbing. He composed incidental music for CBC Radio shows including an electronic theme for the CBC nightly television news and incidental music for TV shows, including the series Telescope; in particular, an episode on Marshall McLuhan (1967).
His scores were submitted to John Cage’s Notations project and two items are included in Cage’s book. They demonstrate Rusling’s use of graphic notation.
Editor's Note by Hal McGee:
One of my most vivid memories from the early days of my involvement in the Cassette Culture era of the 1980s was seeing ads in magazines and entries in contact lists for cassettes by a mysterious hometaper in Canada named dk. He did not accept money for his tapes, only trades: And not necessarily for other tapes. Useless objects too!
- Surface Tension 1983
- Bad Taste in My Mouth (1983/4)
- Rhythms That Answer Questions 1984
- The Sexual Fix 1985
- Another Difficult Moment 1986
- Factory Seconds: A Compilation of Bands Too Silly to Exist
As In Leftovers, The Red Herrings, The Ironic Reeds, F-Art Band, The Incompetents, The Dirty Stinky Toys
The Kitchen Tapes (Slang Tapes: Joe Schmidt producer)
with dk, Kowa Kato, Lotus Club, Sadistic Gossip, The Twins, Simpletonelectronics, Built-In Ghosts, Mike Vargas, dk, Jan Blondeel & Guy De Bievre, Otto J. E. Grunbauer, Magthea, Tom Furgas, The Opposition, The Haters.
Cassette Chaos 1983
X2 (compiled by John Oswald) 1984
A Ratio of Autographs: International Soundspot Compilation (by Miekal And)
Ontario Electronic Music Tape Project (comp. by David Butler)
Transatlantic Overdub LP, De Fabriek, Holland
Coarse Language (comp. by Curtis Wehrfritz)
- Curtis Wehrfritz, Tom 3rd, Dan Lander, Jim Paterson, Catastrophe Theory, Meryn Cadell, Bruce Evans, dk, Tom Paterson, KG Cruickshank
- with Dan Lander on A Joyful Noise: Dissident Music from Europe, Japan & North America (Sterile Records
Cornelius Cardew, Treatise
Eight versions by eight artists:
Marcel Blum, Ken Clinger, Tom Furgas, dk & the perfectly ordinary*, Bill Lehmann, Al Margolis, Russ Stedman, Eric Wallack.
*(The Perfectly Ordinary is Allison Cameron, Lawrence Josph, and Rod Dubey. Words to this version adapted from writings by Cornelius Cardew and Samuel Beckett)
Compilation co-ordinated and produced by Tom Furgas (2008)
with Peter Sramek Hand and Glass 1984-5
with Tom Furgas: Overstating the Obvious 1986
with Dan Lander: Equivalent Insecurity cassette,1989. re-released as CD on Spool Spurn series 2017
1985-1993 Started Marginal Distribution which distributed music including some cassette artists as well as magazines, many music oriented and books.
Sub Rosa v.2 n.1 Spring 1992 Noise Issue.
Forward to Noise by Gianluca Vialli
Hearing Pictures: The Phonographic Reproduction of the World by Vern Weber
Bruts and Bruits: the transistor by Christof Migone
Radio Art: The Pubescent Stage by Dan Lander
Noise and the Acoustic Environment: Kim Sawchuk interviews Hildegard Westerkamp
Making Noise by Rod Dubey
Afterword to Noise by Gianluca Vialli
Edited by Daniel Kernohan (aka Gianluca Vialli)
Produced a concert/video event called An Evening of Poetry & Jazz which featured videos by Paul Haines and a concert by Michael Snow & Jack Vorvis
Started Verge Music Distribution which took over the music side of Marginal as new owners were not interested.
Angel Day Turning (aka Greg Thompson)
Artspace Peterborough 1996
sound & video installation by me under pseudonym Greg Thompson
Part of the Angel Show with Chris Hardwicke, Dominic Hardy, Calla Shea, David Bateman
Started Spool, a label with Vern Weber which has released 46 CDs including recently two of my own projects
Car Dew Treat Us by dk & the perfectly ordinary (Allison Cameron, Rod Dubey & Lawrence Joseph) with guests on each of 10 tracks:
Phillippe Battikha, Sean Caighean, Paul Dutton, Caroline Kunzle, Brett Larner, Al Margolis, Gino Robair, Paul Serralheiro, Vergil Sharkya & Ben Wilson
interpret 10 pages of Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise.
Shed Metal by Equivalent Insecurity (Dee Kay & Dan Lander) a release of music created 1987-1989 which was meant to be released as a cassette in 1989. One track appears on Sterile Records A Joyful Noise: Dissident Music from Europe, Japan and North America. 1990
I started doing experiments with tapes around 13. Me and some friends heard Firesign Theatre on the radio and attempted to make our own comedy on a portable cassette deck. A year after we got into reel to reel and into bands. Our band went from the blues to prog rock over 3-4 years. All the time me and my buddy Dave kept trying stuff on reel to reels. We were both visual artists but we were also in a rock band. Our musical tastes evolved to include free jazz and experimental music. My friend’s uncle had been an experimental composer who worked as an engineer at the CBC. He supported our interest in visual art but he also introduced us to avant garde music. He gave us 3 or 4 sets from the Deutsche Grammofon Avant Garde series. We started trying to do Stockhausen with household items, sewing machines, pots and pans, portable cassette decks. We all went to art school. I saw Cornelius Cardew perform, with students, a section of the Great Learning. After that was over he then rejected that music as bourgeois and then performed some of his Maoist folk songs at the piano. We also saw David Tudor’s Rainforest. He came and worked with the music students and they built it with him. When I was at York University, Richard Teitelbaum and David Rosenboom were on the music faculty. I took visual arts. The leader of the foundation course was George Manupelli. He was a member of the Once Group from Ann Arbor. He brought Robert Ashley as a guest and he performed during our mass lecture. Because I had already started doing pieces using sound and performance, my graduate TA introduced me to Ashley and he politely listened to one of my early experiments.