Slave Pianos, SLAVE PIANOS: A diagnosis, 1998–2001, Text

SLAVE PIANOS A Diagnosis, 1998–2001, is an ambitious collection of audio recordings with an accompanying reader.

The impetus to publish these documents in hand arose during a meeting in Los Angeles in February 2000. Pursued for more than a year over three continents, the result is this boxed set edition.

The collection contains an audio triumvirate on vinyl, CD and cassette. This diversity of formats echos the breadth of Slave Pianos concerns. Piano, string quartet and brass band are represented here as three major spheres of activity. They are complimented by recordings of other instrumentations, including jazz ensembles, DJ’s and solo violin. These live and studio recordings represent extracts from most major Slave Pianos presentations current up to a year ago. The recent chamber opera performances will be the subject of a planned second volume to this edition.

The reader provides a specific context for the audio material by introducing the piano as it’s central motif. A trio of writers pay tribute to this most civilizing of instruments with texts that range from the musicological to the fantastical.

Plakarte (English translations)

NOTHING OF GREAT INTEREST HAS BEEN COMPOSED AFTER MONTEVERDI. (George Maciunas)

AMERICANS ARE MOSTLY ANARCHISTS BUT I AM NOT. (George Maciunas)

FLUXUS SHOULD TEND TOWARDS ANTI-EUROPEANISM. (George Maciunas)

PLEASE STOP PERFORMING MY PIECES. (George Maciunas)

I AM NOT AT ALL INTERESTED IN PROMOTING MYSELF. (George Maciunas)

COMMUNISTS MUST GIVE REVOLUTIONARY LEADERSHIP IN CULTURE. (George Maciunas)

PURGE THE WORLD OF EUROPEANISM. (George Maciunas)

PROMOTE A REVOLUTIONARY FLOOD AND TIDE IN ART. (George Maciunas)

I DON’T BURN YOUR LETTERS, FIRST I MEMORIZE, THEN I BURN. (George Maciunas)

ONE EYE IS GOOD ENOUGH. (George Maciunas)

I ALWAYS CHARGE DOUBLE TO ARTISTS, THAT’S WHAT ARTISTS DESERVE. (George Maciunas)

THAT THIEF! WARHOL ALREADY STOLE EVERY ONE OF MY IDEAS. (George Maciunas)

I’M GOING TO NAIL DOWN THE PIANO KEYS TONIGHT. (George Maciunas)

MAYBE WE WERE MISTAKEN AND WERE JUST CHARLATANS. (George Maciunas)

IT’S NO WORSE THAN BEING BORN. (George Maciunas)

THE PAIN KILLS THE PAIN. (George Maciunas)

GEORGE HAS NO IDEA WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE. (Henrikas Sablevicius)

LITHUANIA IS WATCHING THE STRANGENESS OF THE WORLD AND ATTEMPTING NOT TO ADD TO IT. (Vytautas Landsbergis)

TODAY YOU PLAY JAZZ, TOMORROW YOU WILL BETRAY YOUR COUNTRY

FLUXUS WAS…A KGB TRICK (Almus Salcius)

GEORGE WILL HAVE THE PROGRAM ALL MAPPED FOR US (Emmett Williams)

LETS TELL THE PRESS WE DID EVERYTHING (Ben Vautier)

LETS TELL THE PRESS WE UNDERSTOOD HIM (Ben Vautier)

I THINK THAT WHAT GEORGE MACIUNAS WAS DOING WAS CLEARLY ART (John Cage)

EVEN MUSIC COULDN’T REACH HIM (Billie Hutching Maciunas)

MY SON DESTROYED A PIANO WITH A HAMMER AND AXES (Leokadija Maciunas)

AT THAT TIME HE SEEMED POSSESSED BY A DARK POWER (Leokadija Maciunas)

AND SUDDENLY IT WAS AS IF HE WEREN’T HIMSELF (Leokadija Maciunas)

EVEN IN THE ELEVENTH HOUR GEORGE LET HIS PLANS EXCEED THE POSSIBILITIES (Leokadija Maciunas)

SO MANY FAILURES, SO MUCH SUFFERING (Leokadija Maciunas)

FORGIVE ME MY MISTAKES IN THE LITHUANIAN LANGUAGE (George Maciunas)

SPATIAL POEM # 5. (Vytautas Landsbergis)

IN MEMORIAM ADREANO OLIVETTI (George Maciunas)

I NEVER USE DIACRITICS (George Maciunas)

I HAVE NO CONTACT WITH LITHUANIAN IMMIGRANTS (George Maciunas)

FOR DODECAPHONY IS DECADENT AND PAST ITS TIME (George Maciunas)

IT WOULD BE BEST TO GO TO THE SOVIET UNION VIA SIBERIA (George Maciunas)

I’M GOING TO DIE (George Maciunas)