Gentle Surprises for the Ear (1973) ->
Collaboration between Philip Corner, Bill Fontana and Alison Knowles
Alison Knowles is neither a composer nor a performer in any traditional terms, yet much of her work is obviously some sort of music. When pressed to categorize herself, ahe told me she conceives most of her works simply as events. Yet even this catchall term does not include her sculpture and prints, or her books and poems. But while she works in many media or intermedia, everything she does comes out of the same basic impulses: a concern for communication between human beings, an appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of ordinary objects, a deep respect for John Cage, and a profound understanding of what "communicating" is really about.
By Tom Johnson
Musical America 1975
Eighty objects ticketed for sounds were presented as a performance at "Experimental
Intermedia" evenings in New York City in the 1970s. The work was presented again
at the Los Angeles County Musium Exhibition "Out of Actions" 2001.