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S-2015
Phil Kline: Around the World in a Daze

This DVD and Starkland's major commission were inspired by Kline's work "The Housatonic at Henry Street," which was commissioned by Starkland for its Immersion DVD-Audio/Video release in 2000.


Video: Phil Kline discusses "The Housatonic at Henry Street"

Immersion is now recognized as a groundbreaking recording that let listeners experience new music in high-resolution surround sound for the first time. In addition to Kline's piece for the Immersion release, Starkland also commissioned surround sound works from Paul Dolden, Paul Dresher, Ellen Fullman, Phil Kline, Lukas Ligeti, Ingram Marshall, Merzbow, Meredith Monk, Bruce Odland, Pauline Oliveros, Maggi Payne, Carl Stone, and Pamela Z. Immersion was enthusiastically covered in a variety of distinguished publications:

"Not only a fascinating array of musical innovation but a persuasive exploration of the possibilities of surround sound... The care that went into this disc is carried through to the stylish onscreen graphics [and] the excellent printed program notes."
- Sound & Vision

"A number of 'firsts' in an exceptionally enjoyable program."
- Billboard

"Starkland's Immersion was the first DVD-A project released featuring works composed specifically for the new surround medium. The disc features 13 new music pieces from some of the world's most ambitious electroacoustic composers."
- Pro Sound News

Phil Kline and Tom Steenland in New York's Lower East Side

Phil Kline and Tom Steenland
at the corner of Henry and Rutgers in New York

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DVD ONE

The Housatonic at Henry Street
For Ives the river of life, running right by my window.
Electronica and tape orchestra. Field recording: Henry Street at Rutgers, evening in July.

Svarga Yatra
An uphill climb. It might mean Stairway to Heaven in Sanskrit.
Performed by Ethel (Todd Reynolds and Mary Rowell, violins, Ralph Farris, viola, Dorothy Lawson, cello) with tape choir.

The Maryland Sample
A madrigal about love and science, bitterness and bees.
Performed by Kamala Sankaram (vocals) and Phil Kline (vocals, strings and percussion). Field recording: bug zappers on Nicola Teslas porch

Pennies from Heaven
The trickle down theory. Everything is falling. Every time it rains it rains.
Tape orchestra

On the Waterfront
This is not a recording, but something happening right now in Istanbul.
 
Luv U 2 Death
Death hastened by technology. And our love become a funeral pyre.
Wagner Liebestod
 
The Wailing Wall
The pull of the moon. A blind man tries to describe it.
Vocals by Phil Kline
 
Grand Etude for the Elevation
The importance of height: I can see my house from here.
Violinistics by Todd Reynolds
 
Prelude
Departing, the end begins.
Bach Prelude in B flat minor. Field recording: Tuesday morning, Zurich station.

The Housatonic at Dzanga
The mystery of red mercury, observed by a million gray parrots.
Electronica and tape choir. Field recording: the watering hole at Dzanga, Central African Republic (Louis Sarno)

DVD One Total Time: 65:17 | Introduction: John Schaefer

DVD TWO

MEDITATION (run as fast as you can)
music video by Phil Kline

Interview with John Schaefer

Production Photos

Total Content: 110 min.
NTSC All Region

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