Just Go There

I hadn’t visited Ubuweb in several months. I don’t know what I was (or wasn’t) thinking. I think what happened was that I gave up on Mozilla as my browser – every so often it would just suddenly erase all my bookmarks, so I switched to Safari, and haven’t relocated all my usual watering holes again. But a reader alerted me to the fact that Ubuweb now offers Robert Ashley’s Music with Roots in the Aether, a series of seven two-hour film interviews with great young composers of the 1970s: David Behrman, Philip Glass, Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, and a sort of performance art piece by Ashley himself. Right now I’m watching Terry Riley milking a goat on his farm, and giving Ashley a glass – kind of surreal, but real, I guess. I had seen most of these 25 years ago at New Music America, and then they disappeared, though still referred to from time to time in reference works. And now, here they are on my laptop! At present they play on RealOne, and AVI’s for Quicktime will appear soon. I’m thrilled. Also, Ubuweb now has the mp3s for Riley’s soundtracks to La Secret de la Vie (1975), and No Man’s Land (1985). (Why not Journey from the Death of a Friend yet, my favorite?) In fact, you should just bypass Postclassic from now on, and spend all your time on Ubuweb. It’s an incredible resource.