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Series I: Creative Music Studio Tapes
At a Glance
The tapes are arranged chronologically by decade. Series I: Creative Music Studio Tapes; Series II: Creative Music Studio Videotapes; Series III: Creative Music Studio Miscellaneous Files and Docuemnts; Addition to the Collection, 2018
An extensive collection of reel-to-reel tapes (599 in all). There are also 8 cassettes, three videotapes and four cartons of files.
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Restrictions on Access
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection of 599 reel-to-reel tapes and 8 cassettes is archival only. The tapes are not to be used and have been transferred to digital media.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Creative Music Studio Tapes; Box and Reel; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Collection processed by Patrick Lawlor, 10/2014
Additional material processed by Patrick Lawlor, 7/2015
2014-10-28 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Creative Music Studio was founded in 1971 by musicians Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman. Its initial advisory board, comprised of luminaries from all aspects of music, the arts, and philosophy, included composers John Cage, Gil Evans, George Russell, and Gunther Schuller; philosopher and educator Buckminster Fuller; and painter Willem DeKooning, among others.
CMS was considered the premier study center for music in the1970s and 80s--it was an environment of musical cross-pollination and exploration that went beyond hierarchy and genre. Hundreds of Guiding Artists, including five MacArthur Fellows, came from all over the world to share their musical wisdom; the list includes: Don Cherry, Dave Holland, Carla Bley, Anthony Braxton, Jimmy Giuffre, Frederic Rzewski, Ursula Oppens, Pat Metheny, George Lewis, Nana Vasconcelos, Aiyb Dieng, Trilok Gurtu, Collin Walcott, and Cecil Taylor. To this day, CMS continues to engage musicians and listeners from all backgrounds and traditions, deepening and transforming their personal experience, understanding and expression of music as a universal language by illuminating its shared elements in workshops, residencies, performances, recording and archival projects throughout the U.S. and around the world that push the boundaries of musical expression and sensitivity.
To this day, CMS continues to engage musicians and listeners from all backgrounds and traditions, deepening and transforming their personal experience, understanding and expression of music as a universal language by illuminating its shared elements in workshops, residencies, performances, recording and archival projects throughout the U.S. and around the world that push the boundaries of musical expression and sensitivity.