Alton Abraham/Sun Ra Audio Archives

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Alton Abraham/Sun Ra Audio Archives

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link & insight courtesy Sun Ra Arkive:

"A totally amazing treasure – a deep dig through the Sun Ra archives, featuring music from Ra, spoken bits, and more – all packaged with amazing presentation of the vinyl, and a huge booklet as well! The records feature way more than just the usual music on Ra projects like these – as they artistically mix together rehearsal moments with some spoken passages, and also some sound effects and other found bits too – almost an art collage in tribute to Sun Ra, but based around music by Ra himself! Highlights include some key rehearsal moments – including a John Gilmore solo, Ra on moog, and "The Second Stop Is Jupiter" performed with Art Jenkins and June Tyson. But the package also features Ra lecturing the Arkestra, talking on music – plus other spoken bits from Dick Gregory, Avery Young, and Krista Franklin. The vinyl is super-heavy, with different colors – and the jackets are heavy pressboard cardstock, hand-printed. The book is LP-sized, 32 pages, with interview materials, notes on the music, details on the project, and some images too. Tremendous stuff – and a must for any Sun Ra collector! (Special fan edition comes in a hand-printed portfolio, with a bonus DVD of Data! Numbered and limited to 40 copies!)"
Thu, 2013-04-25 13:05
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[More from Sun Ra Arkive (C.Eddy I believe):]

Some more info on Sun Ra "Black Utopia" - thanks to Neal Burgess for the link.
http://three-walls.org/programs/threewallssolo/cauleen-smith-1.php
Filmmaker Cauleen Smith wraps up her 2-year Chicago residency and
research on Sun Ra with her exhibition The Journeyman - an
installation, recording studio, and library about artistic process,
research and the relationship between an artist and the subjects they
revere. The exhibition will be accompanied by the release of a limited
edition vinyl record mixed by Smith that includes recordings she made
over the course of her project in Chicago and materials found in the
Sun Ra archive at Experimental Sound Studio.
Experimental filmmaker Smith has been a “long-term” resident of
threewalls’, first joining us in 2010 as part of the Studio Chicago
program in conjunction with the Sullivan Galleries at The School of
the Art Institute of Chicago. Initially Smith intended to extend her
on-going film work on jazz, radical black creativity, and the American
urban matrix to a work on Chicago and the legend and impact of phenom
Sun Ra. Her research led her down a winding path to residencies at the
University of Chicago, Center for Race and Culture, and Experimental
Sound Studio’s Sun Ra archives.
Between time spent in Chicago and teaching in San Diego, Smith
produced The Solar Flare Arkestral Marching Band, a series of marching
band flash mob street performances inspired by Sun Ra’s Arkestra where
Chicago Southside high-school marching bands would play a single Sun
Ra song arranged for them by local musicians and composers. This
series was recorded as part of a number of short films that Smith made
while in the city, culminating in two exhibitions: A Seed is a Star,
on exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (May
12-September 16th, 2012) and The Journeyman at threewalls. Both
exhibitions cultivate a specific, immersive experience or manipulation
of space, with her exhibition at threewalls’ generating the character
of research, with study, listening and recording spaces butted up
against each other in a meditation on the process of research,
creation and the making of myth– both in homage to Sun Ra’s own
intensive auto-didact methods and Smith’s experience studying his
extensive archives.
In conjunction with The Journeyman, Smith, in collaboration with
Todd Carter, will open the space to musicians to record and perform in
a makeshift recording studio. Those performances are on October 3 and
October 17.
threewalls’ would like to extend a special thanks to John Corbett
for the loan of a selection of Sun Ra’s books for the library.
Cauleen Smith (born 1967) is a filmmaker whose work reflects upon
the everyday possibilities of the black imagination. Smith’s films
have been featured in group exhibitions at the Houston Contemporary
Art Museum; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; and the New Museum, New
York. Beginning in 1994, she wrote, directed, and produced her first
narrative feature film, Drylongso (1998), which was selected for the
American Spectrum of Sundance Film Festival, and won best feature film
at both the Urbanworld Film Festival and the Los Angeles Pan-African
Film Festival Smith earned an MFA from the University of California,
Los Angeles.
Cauleen Smith: Black Utopia LP
Produced by Experimental Sound Studio
Available in two editions:
For the Collector: 2 12" color swirl vinyl LPs, handbound portfolio
covers, 32 page booklet, hand silk-screened jackets + data DVD
$100, edition of 40
For the Fan: 2 12" color swirl vinyl LPs, 32 page booklet and hand
silk-screened jackets in an obi wrap
BLACK UTOPIA
Record One
Side A: "Gemini"
Featuring:
"Somewhere over the Cosmic Rainbow"
Written and Performed by Krista Franklin
Sun Ra Moog Solo*
"A Time To Keep" Collage #01 - #04"
Sun Ra Rehearsal Recordings*
Arkestral Moniker Montage
Sun Ra Lecture Fragment*
Side B: "Shaped Notes"
Featuring:
256 Hz Tuning Fork*
Piano Tuning*
Sun Ra Rehearsal*
A.A.C.M. Orchestral Tuning*
Sun Ra Solo Piano Performance Live*
Brother Kelan Phil Cohran Conversation
Record Two:
Side C: "Speculations"
Featuring:
Sun Ra Rehearsal Lecture*
Dick Gregory: My Brother's Keeper*
Second Stop is Jupiter
Sun Ra & Arkestral Live Performance with Jenkins and June Tyson on
Vocals - Location and Date Unkown
Side D: "The Learned and the Learned"
Featuring:
Sun Ra Lectures A Group of Young People as the Arkestra sets up in
the background
Alton Abrahm's Ansewring Machine Message Tape
From Angela to Sun Ra (No Man)
Written & Performed by Avery R. Young
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Thu, 2013-04-25 13:05 (Reply to #2)
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THANK YOU, CHARLES!!! and Neal!

I did not want to take the chance that Dusty Groove would get restocked. happy early birthday to me!!

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[More from Sun Ra Arkive (C.Eddy I believe):]

Some more info on Sun Ra "Black Utopia" - thanks to Neal Burgess for the link.
http://three-walls.org/programs/threewallssolo/cauleen-smith-1.php
Filmmaker Cauleen Smith wraps up her 2-year Chicago residency and research on Sun Ra with her exhibition The Journeyman - an installation, recording studio, and library about artistic process, research and the relationship between an artist and the subjects they revere. The exhibition will be accompanied by the release of a limited edition vinyl record mixed by Smith that includes recordings she made over the course of her project in Chicago and materials found in the Sun Ra archive at Experimental Sound Studio.
Experimental filmmaker Smith has been a "long-term" resident of threewalls', first joining us in 2010 as part of the Studio Chicago program in conjunction with the Sullivan Galleries at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Initially Smith intended to extend her on-going film work on jazz, radical black creativity, and the American urban matrix to a work on Chicago and the legend and impact of phenom Sun Ra. Her research led her down a winding path to residencies at the University of Chicago, Center for Race and Culture, and Experimental Sound Studio's Sun Ra archives.
Between time spent in Chicago and teaching in San Diego, Smith produced The Solar Flare Arkestral Marching Band, a series of marching band flash mob street performances inspired by Sun Ra's Arkestra where Chicago Southside high-school marching bands would play a single Sun Ra song arranged for them by local musicians and composers. This series was recorded as part of a number of short films that Smith made while in the city, culminating in two exhibitions: A Seed is a Star, on exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (May 12-September 16th, 2012) and The Journeyman at threewalls. Both exhibitions cultivate a specific, immersive experience or manipulation of space, with her exhibition at threewalls' generating the character of research, with study, listening and recording spaces butted up against each other in a meditation on the process of research, creation and the making of myth- both in homage to Sun Ra's own intensive auto-didact methods and Smith's experien
ce studying his extensive archives.
In conjunction with The Journeyman, Smith, in collaboration with Todd Carter, will open the space to musicians to record and perform in a makeshift recording studio. Those performances are on October 3 and October 17.
threewalls' would like to extend a special thanks to John Corbett for the loan of a selection of Sun Ra's books for the library.
Cauleen Smith (born 1967) is a filmmaker whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the black imagination. Smith's films have been featured in group exhibitions at the Houston Contemporary Art Museum; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; and the New Museum, New York. Beginning in 1994, she wrote, directed, and produced her first narrative feature film, Drylongso (1998), which was selected for the American Spectrum of Sundance Film Festival, and won best feature film at both the Urbanworld Film Festival and the Los Angeles Pan-African Film Festival Smith earned an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Cauleen Smith: Black Utopia LP
Produced by Experimental Sound Studio
Available in two editions:
For the Collector: 2 12" color swirl vinyl LPs, handbound portfolio covers, 32 page booklet, hand silk-screened jackets + data DVD
$100, edition of 40
For the Fan: 2 12" color swirl vinyl LPs, 32 page booklet and hand silk-screened jackets in an obi wrap
BLACK UTOPIA
Record One
Side A: "Gemini"
Featuring:
"Somewhere over the Cosmic Rainbow"
Written and Performed by Krista Franklin
Sun Ra Moog Solo*
"A Time To Keep" Collage #01 - #04"
Sun Ra Rehearsal Recordings*
Arkestral Moniker Montage
Sun Ra Lecture Fragment*
Side B: "Shaped Notes"
Featuring:
256 Hz Tuning Fork*
Piano Tuning*
Sun Ra Rehearsal*
A.A.C.M. Orchestral Tuning*
Sun Ra Solo Piano Performance Live*
Brother Kelan Phil Cohran Conversation
Record Two:
Side C: "Speculations"
Featuring:
Sun Ra Rehearsal Lecture*
Dick Gregory: My Brother's Keeper*
Second Stop is Jupiter
Sun Ra & Arkestral Live Performance with Jenkins and June Tyson on Vocals - Location and Date Unkown
Side D: "The Learned and the Learned"
Featuring:
Sun Ra Lectures A Group of Young People as the Arkestra sets up in the background
Alton Abrahm's Ansewring Machine Message Tape
From Angela to Sun Ra (No Man)
Written & Performed by Avery R. Young
_______________________________________________
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Mon, 2013-05-13 07:33
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Got my copy yesterday (ended up ordering from the Or Galley in Vancouver (their last copy), less shipping and only 3 days to arrive). Very nice package, and very interesting collage of music, words and sounds to make a great addition to the collection. Went for the cheapest version, so if anyone who ordered the $100 thing can tell us if it was worth it, please do. Vinyl pressing are very nice, only thing that could have been nice is some kind of liner notes for what was included.

 

Edit: Realized it was supposed to come with a 32-page booklet, but they had misplaced it when shipping. Ended up sending it after, so I'm a little enlightened, nice interviews with JC and PC.

"Your brain is simply wired to a nostalgic sense of audio distortion. You hear warmth, you think you hear grandeur, space, subtlety, all these things . . . but actually you're just satisfying an old recording in your brain." -Daniel Richler on vinyl.