A Different Nature playlist for 08/08/2011

Program name: 
A Different Nature
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Charlie MorrowCentral Park, 1850TOOT!XI
Marilyn Monroe collage
TOOT and BLINK, Chicago
Ken Friedman, WFMU talks about Toot & Blink, NY (out on The Hudson)
Breath Chant
Late Afternoon Chant
Wave Music VII (for 30 Harps)
Wave Music I (for 40 cellos)
Central Park, 2007


                           CHARLIE MORROW (b 1942 Newark, New Jersey)

tonight on ADN, we feature(d) Charlie Morrow--a conceptualist whose music and sound work explores many styles and forms, from events for media and public spaces (sunset concerts with 40 cellists! Dozens of boats tooting their whistles and blinking their lights!) to commercial soundtracks, new media productions, museum installations and programming for broadcast and festivals. He also apparently did a live performance for fish. Assembling expert project groups, Morrow employs a collaborative style that fuses arts, artists, and environment. Technological expertise creates the basis for much of his work, which often combines newest and oldest technologies. Morrow’s patent for 3D sound playback is pending.

Morrow's 1st major work, Slow Gabrieli (1957) was a super slow motion performance of G. Gabrielli's Sonata Pian e Forte for double brass ensemble. Other 50s conceptual action works include Interuption Music where, unknown to the conductor, an orchestra is rigged to scratch and belch at a set time in the a performance and Flower Music where, while receiving honors on stage in a public ceremony, the performer tips a vase of flowers onto the audience. Also from this time, ironic stamp art works: REALLY and author: please destroy. Mail art work in this genre followed with Ray Johnson.Morrow’s sound poetry works started with Morrow’s home tape recorder creations Hella (1969) on wordplay text, continuing in Horse Songs of Frank Mitchell and Satan in Goray (1969) manipulations of J. Rothenberg text and the multitrack Personal Chants (1971) w/Morrow’s voice with sound processing. He has performed and made recordings with poet Jerome Rothenberg from the 60s to the present. A Healing Piece for the Performance Group (now the Wooster Group). Performance works with soundtracks, and audience participation include : Ho Ho on my Father’s Shirt, Breath Chants, Sky Songs and Dream Songs.

commonality of spirit with what evolved as the Fluxus collective of artists (in NYC in the early 60s) led to a career-long association with Fluxus artists and a friendship with Emily Harvey, the gallerist who presented Morrow's installation based on Copenhagen Waves (1985). Morrow had a "Flux" wedding in the Emily Harvey Gallery (1988) officiated by his life long collaborator, poet Jerome Rothenberg, in which Emily Harvey ceremonially took the role of Charlie's father (deceased) along side Charlie’s mother, Laura Morrrow, MD. Morrow plans a memorial for Emily and Laura: Mirrored Wing Wind Bells (on poles of canals in Venice).  

His sound poetry ranges from improvisation to fully notated works with and without texts. He chanted as the shaman in his with fire and recorded sound environment, one of the first performances at The Kitchen New York in the old Broadway Central Hotel. His calligraphies of vocal patterns in color on parchment stem from this work, and handmade books in small editions: Chanting Book, A Gathering of Healers. the Blue Book and the Red Book.

Charlie created and directed Radiophonic works include live broadcast Morrow’s Skysongs and electro-acoustic pieces including four one-hour radio Sound Head Shows, broadcast in the US and Europe. Sound portrait works began in 1968 with The Marilyn Monroe Collage. He participated in the 11th International Sound Poetry festival in Toronto where he met Swedish artist, Sten Hanson. Morrow and Hanson co-organized the 12th International Sound Poetry Festival 80 NYC and collaborated on performance works Sound Graphics, The Heavy Weight Sound Fight (including Carles Santes), and Montgolfier Musique. Recent sound poetry work includes digitally retouched voice works, sound portraits, and 3D word-sound environmentsLight Opera, with Min Tanaka and the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, was presented at La Mama Theater. He created incidental music for Hotel Pro Forma’s Snow White, scores for Nana Nilsson Dancers and performances in 3D sound environments for The Geneva Set.

Morrow’s first sound studio 1968 in NYC was a mix of hand made circuits, tape recorders and a custom loud speakers including a Jack Weisberg corner array of six 6'x 3' horns, stacked 3 above 3. He has built successive studios in Soho and Chelsea as the cornerstone for producing events, broadcasts & media work.

He conceived and produced large-scale musical works for Lake Michigan (Louvre Museum, Paris), General Gas Exhibit (Chicago Museum of Science and Industry), 2nd Acustica International (Whitney Museum) and an arctic sound room for the KAH, Bonn, Germany, the Hall of Planet Earth (American Museum of Natural History) He composed music for multimedia, orchestra, 3D sound for a Volvo U.S. annual sales meeting, for AT&T Mummenschanz (Telcom 88 Geneva) inaugurating the ISDN system, for Nam Jun Paik's Versailles Video Wall and programmed Nam Jun Paik's Swatch Watch.Toot'N Blink Chicago), Copenhagen (Copenhagen Waves), and New York Harbor. He codesigned Radio City Music Hall Production's World Cup Soccer finale, LA , and created event broadcasts for Copenhagen 96, Cultural Capital of Europe. Buecker & Harpsichord Gllery (NY) presented a solo show of event objects, as did No Se No Gallery. Individual pieces appeared in group shows at PS 1, West German Radio Gallery, Berlin Augen Ohren and Copenhagen galleries. A Clio Award winner, Morrow, has created the U.S. national advertising music for the "Hefty/Wimpy" campaign, Diet Coke, SwissAir and Mercedes Benz, and for International campaigns of M&Ms and IBM. Jaron Lanier, Charlotte Moorman, Sten Hanson, RIP Hayman, Tom Johnson, Simon and Garfunkel, The Rascals, The Vanilla Fudge, Dr. John, Sun Ra, Don Cherry, Buster Williams, Sarah Dash, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Allen Ginsberg, Jerome Rothenberg, Alvin Curran and John Cage, as an improviser with Glen Velez, Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, Marten Alteena, dancers Min Tanaka and Simone Forti. A friend of Fluxus, he performed at George Maciunas and Robert Watts memorial events. WDR (West German), DR(Danish), RAI (Italian), SR (Swedish), BBC (British), CBC(Canadian), BRT (Belgian), NPR, PBS and New York radio stations WBAI, WKCR, WNYC. Branded music logo clients include MTV, WINS TBS, ABC Network, Internat’l Paper, AT&T. He created feature film soundtracks in the U.S. and Europe, Francis Thompson's Moonwalk I, Paddy Chayefsky's Altered States, Elinor Antin's Man Without A World. He designed music and sound for the 13 part educational Time-Life's "America". His video, Paul's Story, A Sami in New York, premiered at The Margaret Mead Film Festival, December 1989. He co-produced T.C. McLuhan’s audio Touch the Earth.

2002 Morrow-Klingenstein venture: audio tours and experience at the Thea Award for Great Platte River Memorial Arch Museum audio installation.




2003 invention of 3D MorrowSound Cube: VIS smart projection + spatial sound for Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Future of Sound: British Academy Awards, New Sounds New York; SoundCube at the Kitchen; Solo sound art show MUU Gallery, Helsinki.





Charlie Morrow is president and creative director of The Charles Morrow Productions LLC and of the New Wilderness Foundation, Inc.


Morrow worked on records and event projects with:

Morrow has designed and produced special radio and TV programming for :



As artistic director of New Wilderness Foundation, Morrow produced Summer Solstice celebrations 1973-89 broadcast internationally on radio and TV. New Wilderness published EAR Magazine and Audiographics art audio cassettes. Morrow's arctic projects begun in 1986 include :ARCTIC II (1994) hörspiel for Klaus Schöning,WDR and Circumpolar Sounds of Spring, for K96, and hörspiel Shaman’s Journey North(98), also for WDR. His interactive arctic store room of drawers and cabinets filled with arctic sounds was featured in Arktis-Antarktis at the Kunst-und Austellungs Halle, Bonn, DE. Stitchworks on pillow cases are from this time. Morrow’s sound sculpture from the 80s and 90s includes interactive works with electronics, sound furniture and heart beat machine, and resonance objects like (DK), His Blue Glass calligraphy on glasses, vases and windows are from this period. 1996 CD-ROM, ScruTiny in the Great Round,, visual work of Tennessee Rice Dixon and Jim Gasperini +Morrow’s music won MILIA D’OR 96 at Cannes 1997, Three City Dance live internet work with interacting dancers and musicians in Tokyo, New York and Copenhagen with Jaron Lanier, Gunnar Wille. The Vikings.



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