Some thirty-five years ago Jim Tenney and I were half of the composition faculty at the brand new California Institute of the Arts -- CalArts. He was in those five years (1970-1975) my best friend. We lived in an out-of-the-way rural area at the fringes of the Mojave Desert and were often to be found drinking beer and playing pool in one of a number of local cowboy bars. We never agreed about music. Jim was a champion of early twentieth century modernism; I was an anti-vanguard sensualist, at least in music.
In the early 70s, Jim set about writing a series of "Post Card Pieces" -- short aphorisms for dozens of friends. The one for me was called "(night)", as I recall: asking for something that's "very long ... nearly white" ... My performance, in Jim's memory ( 75-minutes, non-stop and improvised) was, thus, not a composition but a provocation, and one I whole-heartedly addressed: I loved every moment.
The "titles" were conjured a month after the performance. Mostly, they don't refer to any aspect of the music they're joined to. The final task was to edit out some (but not all) extraneous noise and to shorten some gaps (as I pondered very quickly what to do next).
Harold Budd, January 31, 2007
- "Recorded live December 8, 2006 at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia,California, as part of a memorial event for composer James Tenney (1934-2006)."
- All tracks improvised and performed by Harold Budd.
- Thanks to Marc Sabat for the invitation to perform at the Tenney Memorial.
2 Tong War
5 Nec Spero
6 Moss Landing
8 Atl Atl
9 Nec Metus
13 Ghost Cloud