VARIOUS ARTISTS State Of The Union (2CD Version)

State of the Union(1996)
146 Artists x 1 Minute = 2 CDs

State Of The Union was a unique LP organized by avant-guitarist Elliott Sharp and released in 1982. It was later expanded for CD release in 1992 and became well-known in outsider circles for its unique concept; a superstar gathering of experimentalists performing 1 minute compositions. This post however, is the extremely rare 2CD version released in 1996, featuring even more artists and 146 tracks. Just check out the folks involved for an idea of what kind of madness you might expect – John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, John Lurie, Marc Ribot, Hal Willner… the list goes on. The liners suggest using random shuffle when playing. Available @ Amazon (HERE), where there’s also an even rarer, new millennium 3CD sequel, State Of The Union 2.001 (HERE).

1
JOHN DUNCAN Hymn

TRICIA WORDEN Dear Friend
UI Life Is Shorter
QUEEN ESTHER Politica
PAINKILLER Ayurveda
PENNY ARCADE America, It Was A Beautiful Idea
CHRIS HASKETT Indians Not Taxed And Others
ANNE ELLIOTT Not Me
BARDEVANSPUGLIESE Covalence
STEVE PICCOLO The Traveler
CIRCUIT REDUX Prolongate
JARON LANIER Through A Tube
MAGGIE ESTEP Why I Don’t Like Wyoming
FRANK ROTHKAMM Kitsch
HAPPY BOY Hogswash
J.F. COLEMAN Subsector A
REBECCA MOORE Rude Awkening Pt. 2
ALLEN GINSBERG Sin Capish
PAUL DEMARINIS A Voice In The Forest
LENNY KAYE Outskirts Of Beatrice
NORMAN YAMADA 9.1.95
DJ SPOOKY Vorticities
MARK HELIAS Laying Into The People
MATTHEW OSTROWSKI Procrustics
MARK DE GLE ANTONIO Van Tatum
PHARMACY LOUNGE Building A Compound
TRACIE MORRIS Prelude To A Kiss
ANDREA PARKINS Dipthong
HAKIM BEY Ghazal By Mawlana Jalaloddin Rumi
REED GHAZALA Blue Ox
SIM CAIN The Tormentrix
CAMERON ALLEN & AHRIN MISHAN Our Life Is Rounded With Sleep
MACHINE GUN Woke Up With Leather
EBON FISHER Circulate All Sensation
HOUND The Writer
LAUREN WEINGER Place Study #3
DJ OLIVE Nontheory
DAVID WEINSTEIN Non-Verbal News
BARBARA BARG Hey George
BORBETOMAGUS & VOICE Westworld
SOLDIER STRING QUARTET Patchwork Quilt For Those Now Gone
MARGOT MIFFLIN Backlash
KRACKHOUSE The Whole World Turned Upside Down
IKUE MORI Frankspeech/ Tongue & Groove
ANTHONY COLEMAN Patches ’91
GOD IS MY CO-PILOT Role Model
LOUIS V. VIERK & NGONENI Nkosi Sikelel ‘i Afrika
MARC RIBOT Motherless Child
VICKIE STANBURY American Spit Poems
GENKEN MONTGOMERY Keystone Model CC-16
JOHN ZORN & YAMATSUKE EYE Cowlick Pussyman
DAVID FULTON Overture For The 90′s
NICHOLAS COLLINS Tropical Boubou
MARC SLOAN Murk
JOHN LURIE Good Morning Dear
FELIPE ORREGO One Minute
JOHN GREAVES & PETER BLEGVAD Like A Baby
DIANA MECKLEY A Small Motion
BILL OBRECHT Cornered
PULSALLAMA May
BARTOK LIEBERMAN As Told To Andrew Zev Weinstein
MICHAEL BOOM Misery Loop
SQUAT THEATRE Mr. Dead & Mrs. Free
A.C. CHUBB Rough Translations Will Be Provided For The Ancients
GERRY LINDAHL What’s To Come
ARTO LINDSAY & TONI NOUGUEIRA Due Pay To
SOCIAL CLIMBERS Standing In The Need Of Prayer
SONOREXIA F Troop
TIM WRIGHT My Town
SPALDING GRAY Address
THI-LINH LE No Regrets

2
LUCIUS SHEPPARD Love Letters To My Sister In Prison
ZEENA PARKINS Guilty
BABYTOOTH Polynation
EDWIN TORRES Red Light
HEIMLICH MANEUVER Vom Gewissen
BAD BEHAVIOR Lifesaver
LUKAS LIGETI Bane Of Black Ink
CHRIS COCHRANE Always Broke
JOSEPH TRUMP Status Extremis
JACK WOMACK American Society Thus
GARY HINESLEY Cordless Phones Are A Bummer
JUDY DUNAWAY Shit
F.I.B. 60 Seconds
RUN ON Pooch
LYNNE TILLMAN & DAVE HOFSTRA Profane 32
MICHAEL LOWENSTERN A Chance Meeting
CYRANI Kick The Pain
DAVID GREENBERGER Dinosaur Lecture
SEVEN KINGS The Neighborhood
THEO BLECKMANN Channel Surfing
KATIE O’LOONEY Heated
KURT RALSKE Kingdom
ANNIE GOSFIELD The Scrap Metal Theme
MINUS Permuter
PETER SHERER Green As Mold
FRANK PAHL One Possible Way To Dance The Blue Moon Shuffle
MARK TRAYLE Full Newton With Raffle
JENIFER BERMAN Hit The Power
DIGITALIS Free Will (Excerpt)
CHRISTINA WHEELER Struthious
JON GIBSON Running Commentary (A-Z) [Excerpts]
DIM SUM CLIP JOB Harmolodic Jeopardy
TOM SCHMIDT As Long As You’re Inside
MARS WILLIAMS & KEN VANDERMARK Cinghiale
TONY MAIMONE & YUVAL GABAY Communion
MICHAEL PUGLIESE Sound Scripts #2
TWISTED TUTU Touchtone Tony
TIMBER Rubber Room
PHILORENE Law
ROGER KLEIER Fanfare For The Cognitive Elite
KARTHIK SWAMINATHAN Zooper X Press
SYD STRAW What I Heard
DAVID LINTON Land Du Lack
PAMELA Z State
GRAFTED MEDIA DEVIL A Minute To Pray
MOFUNGO Down He Looked, At Her Pocketbook
HENRY KAISER Moosylvania Perestroika Guitar Solo
MAD ARAB The Cold Silent Treatment
DAVID SHEA Quiet Please!
ALEX NOYES Vocalize
WANDA PHIPPS & JONATHAN MARON Marching To Euphoria
MICHELLE KINNEY An Arrival
BRAIN KARL Inspirational Message
LEE ANN BROWN & SARAH BOYD BLAIR The Of A The
A THOUSAND TINY FINGERS Ready, Set, Shred
LESLIE ROSS A New World Sympathy
HAL WILLNER Jerry’s Hymn Of The Republic
SHELLEY HERSH Hallucinogen
CHRISTIAN MARCLAY Disc Composition #23
ADELE BERTEI Baal
IVAN KUPALA Discoration Of Independence
CHARLES K. NOYES Discrepancies
CHRIS VINE Terminal Activity
TULI KUPFERBERG A Rant
SUE HANEL Agenda
BUTCH MORRIS & JESSICA HAGEDORN Crayon Bondage
F.A. NETTELBECK & WAYNE HORVITZ Beer Notation
MARTIN BISI & VICTORIA GALVEZ BISI Bear Dance
MELODY SUMNER The Time Is Now
MARINA LA PALMA World Whirl
BOB HOLMAN & VITO RICCI Panic DJ’s State Of The Union
ARTLESS TIME BAND Cherry Blossom
FRED FRITH& TINA CURRAN I’m Still Here And I Know What Time It Is
PATRICK SUMNER Precious Chemicals And Dice
HI-SHERIFFS OF BLUE hmz

4 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    June 20, 2011 - 11:16 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    zappahead
    May 18, 2014 - 08:50 | Permalink

    This looks a weird but interesting concept….. I know of quite a lot of the participants so will be interesting to hear what they can do in 60 seconds. Thanks for this Willard..very much obliged…..cheers.

  • 3
    John
    May 18, 2014 - 17:24 | Permalink

    Interesting. I wonder if it was interested by the earlier work of Morgan Fisher? See

    http://www.discogs.com/Various-Miniatures-A-Sequence-Of-Fifty-One-Tiny-Masterpieces-Edited-By-Morgan-Fisher/release/347586

    • 4
      Willard
      May 18, 2014 - 17:54 | Permalink

      Frankly, I don’t think State Of The Union is all that original of an idea… it seems the avant crowd has done this kind of thing, or variant, before. But the talent involved here makes it worthwhile.

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