Max Neuhaus - Feed - Fontana Mix
  Year :   1966
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Performance
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  Work Details  
  The Cage-Neuhaus Feed - Fontana Mix was the evening's tour de force. Two timpani were set up, with contact microphones on top of each and huge loudspeakers in front of them. Mr. Neuhaus sat to one side and manipulated an electronic mixer. "There are no sounds designed to begin with so Mr. Neuhaus, with the use of feedback, started sympathetic vibrations in the timpani, which in turn caused more feedback into the speaker, causing more vibrations, and so on. He manipulated the intensity and quality of these on the mixer dials. "What came out was a wildly tearing, threatening series of shrieks and hisses of bloodcurdling intensity that rose again and again to the point of terror and then receded. "This piece was not the kind of electronic music that emanates distantly from the speakers. It felt as though one's own head were part of the feedback circuit. Theodore Strongin, New York Times, December 2, 1966 Notes on the technique Feed is my title of the score I made with the chance operations specified in John Cage's Fontana Mix, thus the complete title: Fontana Mix - Feed. Accessed 12.08.2009 from http://www.max-neuhaus.info/soundworks/vectors/performance/fontanamix-feed/