Tonight's program will begin with an extremely rare recording of Joe Byrd and the Field Hippies from their 1969 album, The American Metaphysical Circus. I will be playing the 11 minute composition, "The Subsylvian Litanies" with three sections:
"Waiting to die for the 17th time,
Etched on a mirror in the back of your mind,
Trapped on a mountain nobody can climb,
You can't ever come down (repeated) .... (and on it goes)
Joe Byrd was a student of the electronic music school at UCLA and Univ of Arizona. He worked in the New York music scene with critic-composer Virgil Thomson. He recorded an album under the group name, United States of America. However, the American Metaphysical Circus (1969) continues to stand the test of time as a landmark work in experimental electronic music.