Jerry Hunt, fortepiano, electronics
In the 1970s electronic music practitioners constituted a rare and marginal population on the frontiers of interactive media and performance. Audio, with its modest bandwidth requirements, led video by at least a decade in every major discovery. Early artists were able to experiment, construct, interconnect and perform with electronic systems that were consciously digital, realtime and interactive long before those buzzwords were mentioned in other artistic contexts. The multimedia malls we now see rising upon that same landscape bear little resemblance to the regions surveyed by the pioneers. It's just like the westerns.
Among the pioneers, Jerry Hunt was the rarest, most marginal explorer of a terrain whose remoteness is conjured by the titles of his works – small-town placenames in Texas intermingled with Elizabethan magical invocations— Cantegral Segment, Transphalba, Haramand Plane, Bitom.
As his musical activities moved from the electronic soundpieces of the 1970s into the legendary performances of the 1980s, Hunt brought along with him a curiously rich and viable ecosystem of pieces, structuring principles, performing gestures, and theatrical personae.
This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available as a burn-on-demand CD (CD-R) or download in MP3/320, FLAC or WAV formats. CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print booklet or jewel case included. Liner notes are accessible via the link above.