Boomkat Product Review:
Pulse polyphony in effect! Previously unpublished Fluxus masterpiece featuring pioneers of the 20th century avant garde - Reich, Tenney, Neuhaus among them - performing homemade noise based on orders of the Seneca Indian Eagle Dance. A remarkably hypnotic record of stick rhythms and chants performed and recorded at the Judson dance Theatre, Judson Memorial Church, New York City, March 21 and 22, 1967.
Among Philip Corner’s earliest compositions, Poor Man Music elides the communal nature of Native American ritual music with the exploratory freedoms of sixties experimental music to realise a sort of pulse polyphony that sounds like Native American punks playing techno at a deaf orgy.
Of course, they’re not Native American, or punks, but, in line with the logic of the piece, they use “The simplest materials and the things your own body is and does - claps, slaps, stamps, rubbing and scratching: body - all parts, and clothing if any. voice. and all the sounds your voice and breath and throat may make/ except words” to magick a primal form of communication thru percussive grammar that draws a line from our earliest ancestors to the modern day.