Musica Elettronica Viva

Also known as M.E.V., MEV

Profile of the performer Musica Elettronica Viva: Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV) was begun one evening in the spring of 1966 by Allan Bryant, Alvin Curran, Jon Phetteplace, Carol Plantamura, Frederic Rzweski, Richard Teitelbaum and Ivan Vandor in a room in Rome overlooking the Pantheon. MEV’s music right from the start was also totally open, allowing all and everything to come in and seeking in every way to get out beyond the heartless conventions of contemporary music. Taking its cue from Tudor and Cage, MEV began sticking contact mics to anything that sounded and amplified their raw sounds: bed springs, sheets of glass, tin cans, rubber bands, toy pianos, sex vibrators, and assorted metal junk; a crushed old trumpet, cello and tenor sax kept us within musical credibility, while a home-made synthesizer of some 48 oscillators along with the first Moog synthesizer in Europe gave our otherwise neo-primitive sound an inimitable edge. In the name of the collectivity, the group abandoned both written scores and leadership and replaced them with improvisation and critical listening. Rehearsals and concerts were begun at the appropriate time by a kind of spontaneous combustion and continued until total exhaustion set in. It mattered little who played what when or how, but the fragile bond of human trust that linked us all in every moment remained unbroken. The music could go anywhere, gliding into self-regenerating unity or lurching into irrevocable chaos—both were valuable goals. In the general euphoria of the times, MEV thought it had re-invented music; in any case it had certainly rediscovered it. —Alvin Curran

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1 Musica Elettronica Viva - The Sound Pool The Sound Pool 4 mp3, CD 1970 BYG Records
2 Live Electronic Music Improvised 2 mp3, CD 1970
3 Musica Elettronica Viva - The Sound Pool The Sound Pool 4 mp3, CD 2002 Get Back
4 Musica Elettronica Viva - Leave The City Leave The City 2 mp3, CD 2002-08-29 Get Back
5 Musica Elettronica Viva - Leave The City Leave The City 2 mp3, CD 1997
6 Musica Elettronica Viva - Leave The City Leave The City 2 mp3, CD 1970 BYG Records
7 Musica Elettronica Viva - The Original The Original 5 mp3, CD 1996 IRML
8 Musica Elettronica Viva - Friday Friday 2 mp3, CD 1969 Polydor
9 Musica Elettronica Viva - Spacecraft / Unified Patchwork Theory Spacecraft / Unified Patchwork Theory 2 mp3, CD 2001 Alga Marghen
10 Musica Elettronica Viva - The Sound Pool The Sound Pool 4 mp3, CD 1998 Spalax Music
11 United Patchwork 10 mp3, CD 1978 Horo Records
12 Musica Elettronica Viva - MEV 40 MEV 40 8 mp3, CD 2008 New World Records
13 Musica Elettronica Viva - 7 2 Berlz 7 2 Berlz 6 mp3, CD 2008-09-00 IRML
14 Musica Elettronica Viva - The Sound Pool The Sound Pool 4 mp3, CD 1970-11-00 BYG Records
15 Musica Elettronica Viva - Live Electronic Music Improvised Live Electronic Music Improvised 2 mp3, CD 2009 Wergo
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