Musics (1975-79)

Exhibition at The Red Gallery

Monday 10th July 2017

This will be the first of two special exhibitions at The Red Gallery in collaboration with Eva Prinz and ‪Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and their imprint Ecstatic Peace Library. It is for the launch of the Ecstatic Peace Library book entitled 'Musics'.

The Musics book compiles all twenty-three issues of London’s very first zine for improvisers, which focused around the activities of sound art, field recording, free improvisation, live electronics, 20th century composition, and audio culture.

Operating between 1975-79, with six issues per year, Musics was an interdisciplinary journal rooted in a true DIY ethic. The publication first launched in Spring of ‘75, with the tagline: “an impromental experivisation arts magazine” and a manifesto that proposed the destruction of artificial boundaries.

The magazine linked Free Jazz, the academic ministrations of ‪John Cage, Cornelius Cardew and K. Stockhausen, and indigenous and non-European music.

Musics was also significant in the discussion of traditional Asian instruments as paths of equal value for the performance of music.

The opening weekend saw a special music performance as part of the exhibition in the venue’s live space with an improvised concert featuring Thurston Moore and the Musics editors and musicians David Toop and Steve Beresford.

The Red Gallery is on Rivington Street and this exhibition will be open to the public ‪from Friday the 7th of July until Sunday the 16th of July 2017.
The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 1-7pm.


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