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."
"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
at the corner of Henry and Rutgers in New York
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
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.
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.
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:
as fast as you can)
by Phil Kline