Two previously unreleased recordings from Philip Corner’s “Gong/Ear” series of works. Side A was recorded on a South German night train ride in 1990, side B in the Alps in 1994.
“Riding the rails. Down the Rhine at-night alone in a compartment making music for my-self with those Korean-shaman-cymbals given as a gift from Ho-Sun Cheon (husband of Hong-Hee Kim who later will organize the festival ‘The SeOUL of Fluxus’ and invite-me come-and-participate) when he was cultural attaché to Denmark and came to the ‘Fantastics’ festival in Roskilde) … yes consider them part of the ‘Gong/Ear’ series of (call them) Metal Meditations which started manyyear befor from HighSchool teaching, an Experimental Music wher i turnd-out to be the lerner, reducing the possibl-abilitys of all resonant metals to a rezonant essensetial, and so following me my whole life into now. In to the Rail Road wher outersound ov an other kountry enters into my manipyulayshunz ov those sacred circles. At othertimes that sound going-out to be ears of other dancers and so their bodys body’smove-ments coming bak to me as a kind-ov audiovisual feedbackloop—many ov such artistic lovers, until coming in-a-way to that same Korea sound enshrined forever on the ‘Gong/Ear: Shaman’ recording: The Wormhole CD completing a circl in-a-way even bak to Korea. Later, as progresses (one coud say) in all my creativwork-concepts-becoms the greater generlizayshun ‘Withinstacys’—a fulfillment of ‘extasy’—wher every notesoundaction must be perfect, by immediate and uncontrovertabl certeinty.” (Philip Corner)