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Jackson Mac Low

LINEbreak Radio Recording Session, New York, 1995

Reading on the Gathas, New York City, 1970s

  1. Discussion of the Gathas (18:23): MP3
  2. Call Me Ishmael (0:52): MP3
  3. Pattern Recognition by Machine (3:22): MP3
  4. excerpt from The 8-Voice Stereo-Canon Realization of "The Black Tarantula Crossword Gatha" (10:49): MP3
  • Complete Recording (33:39): MP3

The 8-Voice "Black Tarantula Crossword Gatha" (32:14): MP3

8-Voice Stereo Canon (The 4 over-laid performances begin on channel one about 20 seconds after they begin on channel two: a "4-against-4" canon.) "The Black Tarantula Crossword Gatha" was written (drawn) 8/25/73 & after. Realized at NYU Composers' Workshop N.Y. - 11/25/73. Note: "The Black Tarantula" is one of Kathy Acker's pseudonyms. Originally published as a cassette by S Press Tonbandverlag, Dusseldorf/Munchen, West Germany, 1975.

Appearing on Public Access Poetry with Peter Orlovsky, Steven Hall, Arthur Russell and Sharon Matlin, January 26, 1978

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Video excerpt from above: Jackson Mac Low reads "Phone"

Segue Series Reading at The Ear Inn, New York, October 1978

  1. 1st Milarepa Gatha (5:58): MP3
  2. This Is the Beginning of Something New (9:39): MP3
  3. Larry Rosing Piece for typewriter, video and voice (3:13): MP3
  4. Reading "Objects" from Tender Buttons (6:52): MP3
    prefatory comments (1:19): MP3
    reading "A Carafe, That Is A Blind Glass (Gertrude Stein) (0:49): MP3
    Reading a Selection from Tender Buttons (Language No. 6) (4:40): MP3
  5. On Strangeness (17:18): MP3
  6. Asymmetry 1 (0:24): MP3
  7. Asymmetry 4 (2:33): MP3
  8. Asymmetry 12 (0:56): MP3
Complete Reading (49:00): MP3 (There is a five-second pause around 45:00 when the tape was turned over.)

Segue Series Reading at The Ear Inn, New York, January 30, 1982

  1. Introduction (0:49): MP3
  2. Hereford Bosons (7:48): MP3
  3. Wall Rev (0:36): MP3
  4. Inkling Allegretti (8:38): MP3
  5. Baltimore Porches (8:31): MP3
  6. Regular Clerestories (8:28): MP3
  7. Megrose Trinity Sixfold (1:10): MP3
  8. Filial Simples (1:27): MP3
  9. White Tara (1:03): MP3
  10. Sermon Quail (1:38): MP3
  11. Anxious Calm (1:06): MP3
  12. Ten Weeks (2:22): MP3
  13. A Lack of Balance But Not Fatal (2:31): MP3
Complete Reading (46:34): MP3

Segue Series Reaing at the Ear Inn, New York, March 3, 1984

Complete reading (46:32): MP3

St. Mark's Talks, October 24, 1984

"Politics and Language"

Reading at the Living Theater, NYC, with Charles Bernstein and Nick Piombino, March 28, 1990

  • Free Gatha 1, performed with Bernstein and Piombino (5:36): MP3
  • Twenties, 1-15 (22:34): MP3

Charles Bernstein poetics seminar, Wednesday @ Four Plus, University of Buffalo, October 11, 1990

  1. Reading a selection from Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and his L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E #6 essay on the book (7:02): MP3
    reading "A Carafe, That Is A Blind Glass" (Gertrude Stein) (1:58): MP3
    Reading A Selection from Tender Buttons (Language No. 6) (4:59): MP3
  2. Discussion of opening section of Stein's "Objects" (2:42): MP3
  3. Discussing function of prefaces and introductions to poems (4:25): MP3
  4. Discussing use of notation in creating a poetic collage (3:23): MP3
  5. Discussing close reading of MacLow’s poetry vs. Gertrude Stein’s poetry (6:41): MP3
    Stein as perceiver-centered (1:50): MP3
    close connection between Stein's writing and the kind Mac Low and many other Language writers do (0:34): MP3
    CB on Mac Low's procedure-based work as it relates to Stein's writing (1:06): MP3
    rejecting the notion of a unitary Stein, and discussing the way she composed and her manuscripts (3:10): MP3
  6. Role of “chance generation” (1:32): MP3
  7. Influence of John Cage’s chance-composed music and Buddhism (5:50): MP3
  8. Influence of Freud and psychoanalysis (2:11): MP3
  9. Serialism and 12-tone music (6:29): MP3
  10. Discussion of Mac Low’s methodologies (6:07): MP3
  11. Discussion of entropy (1:26): MP3
  12. Meaning in language and sound (3:24): MP3
  13. Cultural construct of language (1:30): MP3
  14. Discussion of voice (3:05): MP3
  15. Segmentation of poetry by sound (6:33): MP3

complete reading (1:02:50): MP3

Segue Series Reading at The Ear Inn, New York, February 1, 1992

  1. Introduction (1:08): MP3
  2. Forties 8 (5:20): MP3
  3. Forties 19 (10:21): MP3
  4. Forties 17 (4:52): MP3
  5. Forties 16 (5:13): MP3
  6. A Lagoon Elucidation (7:48): MP3
  7. Hop Tempestuous (a poem for Mei-mei Berssenbrugge) (2:08): MP3
  8. Taking the Doctor's Suggestion (2:19): MP3
  9. Duchamp (3:03): MP3
  10. Rebus Effort Remove Government (2:35): MP3
  11. They Didn't Whir He Gave No Advice (2:49): MP3
Complete Reading (48:01): MP3 (There is a five-second pause around 45:00 when the tape was turned over.)

The Radio Reading Project Session at New York University, 1992