Boomkat Product Review:
Properly fascinating survey of sound works from the Fluxus nexus, or as it says on the jacket, A Collection Of Music And Sound Events Edited By Maurizio Nannucci; an Italian concept and light artist from Florence who has contributed to the avant-garde sphere and Fluxus music since the movement’s early years.
Including 18 succinct excerpts of works by Walter Marchetti, John Cage, Wolf Vostell, Yoko Ono, Joseph Buys, Nam June Paik, La Monte Young and many other leading lights of the far flung movement, the Fluxus Anthology was originally released on Recorthings & Zone Archives in 1989 and has been out of print ever since.
Without giving a full run down of the Fluxus history - although the jacket reveals many of the artists’ personal definitions - the breadth of madness inside gives a perfectly unsteady footing for anyone venturing into its musical or sound dimensions, taking in Ben Vautier’s frankly hilarious anthem Some Ideas For Fluxus alongside a delicious section of La Monte Young’s legendary Dream House and seminal pieces such as John Cage’s delirious chance operation, Radio Music and, ohhhhh Beuys, a cod-reggae pop bit called Sonne Stat Reagan from Joseph, and even Yoko in the ladies room on Toilette Piece.
File next to the medicine cabinet. Recommended!