Robert Erickson Papers, 1940 - 1996 (MSS 0096)

Restrictions: Original audiovisual formats, including VHS, Beta, audiocassettes, LPs, and reel-to-reel tapes, are restricted. Researchers may request access to digitally reformatted versions, which are available for most recordings.

Extent: 24 Linear feet (28 archives boxes, 13 flat boxes, 3 cassettes boxes, 1.5 oversize boxes, 1 records carton and 3 map case folders)

Papers of Robert Erickson, American composer and co-founder of the Music Department at UC San Diego.

Born in Marquette, Michigan on March 7, 1917, Erickson studied composition with Austrian composer Ernst Krenek at Hamline University in St. Paul and graduated in 1943. After three years in the Army, he returned to Hamline, receiving an M.A. in music in 1947.

Erickson began his career teaching composition at the College of St. Catherine's in St. Paul. He then taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, before becoming one of the founders of the Department of Music at the University of California, San Diego, in 1967.

Erickson is known for his use of the 12-tone system, sounds recorded on tape, and self-made instruments. His works have been performed and commissioned by the Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestras, the American Composers Orchestra, and ensembles including the Arch Ensemble, Continuum, the Kronos Quartet, the Sequoia Quartet and SONOR.

In addition to receiving the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Yaddo fellowships, Erickson has been the recipient of numerous awards including the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Drew Prize in Music Composition, and, in 1985, the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award for excellence in chamber music for his string quartet, Solstice.

Throughout his career, Erickson published numerous articles and authored two books: The Structure of Music: A Listener's Guide in 1957 and Sound Structures in Music in 1975.

Erickson died on April 24, 1997.

The Robert Erickson Papers document Erickson's career as a composer, musician and faculty member at UC San Diego. The collection is comprised of correspondence, holograph music scores, materials relating to Erickson's teaching and his work with the Center for Music Experiment, and recordings of performances and appearances on several media formats including audiocassette, VHS, Beta, and reel-to-reel.

The papers are arranged in six series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) MUSIC, 4) UC SAN DIEGO MATERIALS, 5) WRITINGS and 6) MEDIA.

Container List

BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS: Includes articles about Erickson, family photos, documents on Erickson's family history, and datebooks and journals dating 1940 to 1981.

Box: 1 Folder: 1
Biographical information
Box: 1 Folder: 2
College diplomas, 1946-1948
Box: 1 Folder: 3
Erickson's uncle Harold's diary, 1919-1930
Oversize: FB-506 Folder: 1
Portrait of Robert Erikson - Pen drawing on rice paper by Lenore Erick-Alt, and New Year's Greetings from Robert and Lenore Erickson, 1955, 1968
Box: 1 Folder: 5
Family documents - Photocopies, 1898-1906
Box: 1 Folder: 6
Family photos
Box: 1 Folder: 7
Interviews of Robert Erickson, 1982
Box: 1 Folder: 8
Media appearances, 1956-1970
Box: 1 Folder: 9
School and university papers
Box: 1 Folder: 10
University of California at San Diego Robert Erickson celebration - Booklet, 1987
Box: 2 Folder: 1-4
Articles and newsclippings about Erickson, 1946-1987
Datebooks and journals
Box: 2 Folder: 5
Journals, 1940-1948
Datebooks
Box: 2 Folder: 6-7
1962-1970
Box: 3 Folder: 1-3
1970-1981

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) CORRESPONDENCE: Letters from professional colleagues including mentor Ernst Krenek, fellow composers Will Ogdon and Charles Shere, musicians Stuart Dempster and Bert Turetzky, American music critic Alan Rich, and photographer and supporter Betty Freeman, among others.

Erickson's original order has been maintained: correspondence is filed chronologically with the exception of one folder containing Erickson's correspondence with Ernst Krenek. Letters date from 1940 to 1996.

Box: 3 Folder: 4-9
1941-1977
Box: 4 Folder: 1-8
1978-1982
Box: 5 Folder: 1-9
1983-1986
Box: 6 Folder: 1
1987-1989
Box: 6 Folder: 2
1991-1996
Box: 6 Folder: 3
Undated
Box: 6 Folder: 4
Correspondence with Ernst Krenek, 1940-1985

MUSIC

Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) MUSIC. Arranged in three subseries: A) Compositions, B) Programs and Reviews, and C) Other Projects.

A) Compositions: Arranged chronologically from 1961-1990, and contains mostly handwritten sheet music and music sketches for single instruments, ensembles, and orchestras. Many of the materials are oversized.

B) Programs and Reviews: Arranged chronologically from 1941-2001, and includes both original and photocopied programs and reviews of live and recorded performances of Erickson's work.

C) Other Projects: Contains grant applications, research proposals, and Erickson's research notes on instrument and speaker system ideas.

Compositions

Box: 6 Folder: 5
List of compositions, 1940-1980
Box: 6 Folder: 6
Program Notes, undated
Box: 6 Folder: 7
Timings for the music of Robert Erickson, undated
Oversize: FB-496 Folder: 1
Canonic Variations for Piano; Sonata for Piano; Four Piano Pieces - Op 6; Symphony in Three Movements; Symphony in Two Movements, 1940-1947
Oversize: FB-496 Folder: 2
Concerted Music for Flute, Clarinet and String Orchestra, 1953
Oversize: FB-496 Folder: 3
Divertimento for Flute, Clarinet and Strings, 1953
Oversize: FB-496 Folder: 4
Pastorale, 1953
Oversize: FB-497 Folder: 1
Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra, 1954
Oversize: FB-497 Folder: 2
Quartet for Strings, 1956
Oversize: FB-498 Folder: 1
Variations for Orchestra; Duo for violin and piano, 1957-1959
Oversize: FB-498 Folder: 2
Chamber Concerto, 1960
Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 4
Chamber Concerto, 1960
Oversize: FB-498 Folder: 3
Piano Piece; Ramus, 1961
Box: 6 Folder: 8
Ramus, 1961
Box: 6 Folder: 9
Bell Record (unfinished), 1962
Box: 6 Folder: 10
The End of the Mime of Mick Nick and the Maggies, 1962
Oversize: FB-498 Folder: 4
Mick Nicks and the Maggies; Finnegan's Wake, 1962
Oversize: FB-498 Folder: 5
Illinois Piece, 1963
Box: 6 Folder: 11
Concerto for piano and seven instruments, 1963
Oversize: FB-506 Folder: 4
Concerto for piano and seven instruments, 1963
Oversize: MC-021-01
Graphic Score for a Chamber Ensemble, various parts, 1965
Box: 6 Folder: 12
Ricercar à 5 for trombone, 1966
Box: 6 Folder: 13
Scapes II, 1966
Box: 6 Folder: 14
Ricercar à 3 for contrabass, 1967
Box: 6 Folder: 15
Do It, 1968
Box: 6 Folder: 16
Down at Piraeus, 1968
Box: 6 Folder: 17
Drum Studies, 1968
Box: 7 Folder: 1
General Speech for solo trumpet, 1969
Box: 7 Folder: 2
High Flyer for solo flute, 1969
Box: 7 Folder: 3
Pacific Sirens, 1969
Box: 7 Folder: 4
Small orchestra piece, 1969
Box: 7 Folder: 5
Nine and a Half for Henry (and Wilbur and Orville), 1970
Oversize: FB-506 Folder: 5
Rainbow Rising; White Lady; Garden, 1971-1977
Box: 7 Folder: 6
Cradle II, 1972
Box: 7 Folder: 7
Ensemble timbres score, 1973-1974
Box: 7 Folder: 8
LOOPS: An Informal Timbre Experiment, 1973
Box: 7 Folder: 9-10
LOOPS for instruments, undated
Box: 7 Folder: 11
LOOPS, undated
Oversize: FB-499 Folder: 1-2
Sirens and Other Flyers, 1973
Oversize: FB-500 Folder: 1-2
Sirens and Other Flyers, 1973
Box: 7 Folder: 12
Rainbow Rising sketches, 1974
Box: 7 Folder: 13
Summer Music, 1974
Box: 7 Folder: 14
Dice piece, 1975
Box: 7 Folder: 15
White Lady for wind ensemble, 1975
Oversize: FB-501 Folder: 1
White Lady, 1975
Oversize: FB-501 Folder: 2
Garden for Violin and Orchestra, 1976
Box: 7 Folder: 16
Sketches - Orchestra and violin, 1976
Box: 7 Folder: 17
Ornaments, 1976
Box: 7 Folder: 18
Sketches - Solo flute, 1976
Box: 7 Folder: 19
Garden, 1976-1977
Box: 8 Folder: 1
Garden, 1976-1977
Box: 8 Folder: 2
Drone Piece, 1977
Box: 8 Folder: 3
Harkins: TPT experiment, 1977
Box: 8 Folder: 4
Kryl, for solo trumpet, 1977
Box: 8 Folder: 5
Composition notebook, 1978
Box: 8 Folder: 6
Flute experiments, 1978
Box: 8 Folder: 7-8
Night Music, 1978
Box: 8 Folder: 9
Vocal with ensemble piece, 1978
Oversize: FB-501 Folder: 3
Night Music, 1978
Box: 8 Folder: 10
Chamber Orchestra, 1979
Box: 8 Folder: 11
Quoq for solo flute, 1979
Box: 8 Folder: 12-13
The Idea of Order at Key West, 1979
Box: 9 Folder: 1
East of the Beach, 1980
Oversize: FB-502 Folder: 1
East of the Beach, 1980
Oversize: FB-502 Folder: 2
East of the Beach, 1980
Box: 9 Folder: 2
Auroras shortscope, 1980-1981
Box: 9 Folder: 3
Horn sketches, 1981
Box: 9 Folder: 4
Night Sky, 1981
Box: 9 Folder: 5
The Pleiades, 1981
Box: 9 Folder: 6
Postcard Songs, 1981
Box: 9 Folder: 7
5c. Second Set, 1982
Box: 9 Folder: 8
Auroras, 1982
Box: 9 Folder: 9
Auroras (Holding) with notebook, 1982
Box: 9 Folder: 10
Auroras repair, 1982
Oversize: FB-502 Folder: 3
Auroras, 1982
Oversize: FB-503 Folder: 1-2
Auroras, 1982
Box: 9 Folder: 11
Before Dawn, 1982
Box: 9 Folder: 12
Trio for clarinet, violoncello and harp, 1982
Box: 9 Folder: 13
Mountain, 1983
Box: 9 Folder: 14
Taffy Time, 1983
Oversize: FB-504 Folder: 1
Taffy Time, 1983
Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 3
Hard Time, Soft Time, and the Times Between, 1983
Box: 10 Folder: 1
Sierra, 1984
Box: 10 Folder: 2
Dunbar's Delight for trumpet solo, 1985
Box: 10 Folder: 3
Quintet, 1985
Box: 10 Folder: 4
Corfu, 1986
Box: 10 Folder: 5
Corona, 1986
Box: 10 Folder: 6
Seasonal, 1986
Box: 10 Folder: 7
Birds at Dusk, 1987
Box: 10 Folder: 8
Fires, for viola, cello, English horn and piano, 1988
Box: 10 Folder: 9
Venus Enfolded, 1988
Box: 10 Folder: 10
Music for Trumpet and Strings, 1990
Box: 10 Folder: 11
Miscellaneous Projects, undated
Box: 10 Folder: 12
Composition notebooks, undated
Box: 10 Folder: 13
Composition notebook, undated
Box: 10 Folder: 14
Compositions for FA3, undated
Box: 10 Folder: 15
African Rhythm, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 1
Beverly's Scene, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 2
Clarinet Talk, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 3
Drum Words, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 4
Flute piece, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 5
Libretto, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 6
New Ensemble Piece, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 7
Noise Organ Notes, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 8
Ogdon Grant, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 9
Orchestra Piece, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 10
Ricercar a 6, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 11
Sequoia String Quartet, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 12
Solstice for string quartet, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 13
Trumpet piece, undated
Box: 11 Folder: 14
Ya Muh Tuh Ruh-Ja Buh, undated
Oversize: FB-504 Folder: 2
Orchestra Variations, Short Score; Chamber Piece, undated
Oversize: FB-505 Folder: 1
Introduction and Allegro, undated
Oversize: FB-505 Folder: 2
Chamber Symphony; String Quartet; Orchestra Piece, undated
Oversize: FB-506 Folder: 2
Sounds Structure in Music - Illustrations - Oversize, undated
Oversize: FB-506 Folder: 3
Abajo y Arriba; Ricercar a 3 For 3 Contrabasses, undated
Oversize: FB-506 Folder: 6
Music Theory Charts, undated

Programs and Reviews

Box: 11 Folder: 17-22
1941-1963
Box: 12 Folder: 1-11
1964-1975
Box: 13 Folder: 1-10
1976-1985
Box: 14 Folder: 1-2
1986-2001
Box: 14 Folder: 3
Undated

Other Projects

Box: 14 Folder: 4
Artifact - Musical theory reference tool
Box: 14 Folder: 5
Computer research proposals
Box: 14 Folder: 6
"Empirical Studies Introductory to a Theory of Timbre Music", undated
Box: 14 Folder: 7
"Ensemble Timbre Experiments", 1974
Box: 14 Folder: 8-9
Grant applications, 1966-1984
Box: 14 Folder: 10
Electronic organ/speaker system - Plans and research notes
Box: 14 Folder: 11
Instrument project - Plans and research notes
Box: 14 Folder: 12
"Making Music on Homemade Instruments", 1980
Box: 14 Folder: 13
"Open Your Ears", undated
Box: 14 Folder: 14
Patent fund application for speaker system

UC SAN DIEGO MATERIALS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) UC SAN DIEGO MATERIALS. Arranged in two subseries: A) Teaching Materials and B) Music Department.

A) Teaching Materials: Syllabi, handouts, and lecture notes grouped by class and arranged chronologically. Also included are annotated writings by others and subject files of research notes and article clippings used in Erickson's teachings. These materials are arranged alphabetically by subject or author.

B) Music Department: Materials dating from 1973 to 1987, including correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports and proposals documenting the early years of the Music Department.

Teaching Materials

Class Materials
Box: 14 Folder: 15
Music 27, 1956
Box: 14 Folder: 16
Music 10, 1969
Box: 15 Folder: 1
Seminar 206: Timbre, 1969-1985
Box: 15 Folder: 2
Graduate seminars, 1974-1978
Box: 15 Folder: 3
Music 102: Music Theory, 1974-1984
Box: 15 Folder: 4
Music 209: Contemporary Orchestral Music, 1975-1979
Box: 15 Folder: 5
Melodic tonality seminar, 1978
Box: 15 Folder: 6
Musicianship seminar, 1978
Box: 15 Folder: 7
Musicianship I and II, Book
Box: 15 Folder: 8
Untitled class, 1978-1979
Box: 15 Folder: 9
Music 210: Music Analysis, 1978-1979
Box: 15 Folder: 10
Music 6: Musical Masterworks, 1980
Box: 15 Folder: 11
Orchestra seminar, 1980
Box: 15 Folder: 12
Composition seminar, 1981-1982
Box: 15 Folder: 13
Music 3: Bali Lecture, 1982
Box: 16 Folder: 1
Seminar 209B: The Opulent Orchestra, 1982-1986
Box: 16 Folder: 2
Seminar 209B: The Orchestra Between the Wars, 1982-1987
Box: 16 Folder: 3
Seminar 209A: The Orchestra Since 1945, 1983
Box: 16 Folder: 4
Untitled class, 1983
Box: 16 Folder: 5
Seminar 209, undated
Box: 16 Folder: 6
Theory III, undated
Box: 16 Folder: 7
Miscellaneous lectures
Subject Files
Box: 16 Folder: 8-12
B-D
Box: 17 Folder: 1-5
G-K
Box: 17 Folder: 6-7
M
Oversize: FB-506 Folder: 6
M
Box: 18 Folder: 1-9
N-V
Writings by Others
Box: 18 Folder: 10
Babbit, Milton - "Who Cares if You Listen?" Annotated, 1958
Box: 18 Folder: 11
Balzano, Jerry - Untitled. Chapter excerpts with correspondence, 1980
Box: 18 Folder: 12
Barzun, Jacques - "The Meaning of Meaning in Music: Berlioz Once More", 1980
Box: 18 Folder: 13
Birnbaum, Daniel "Lost Hills", 1980
Box: 18 Folder: 14
Duberman, Martin - "Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community", 1972
Box: 18 Folder: 15
Grey, John M. - "Musical Timbre Discrimination in Temporal Contexts." With correspondence, 1977-1978
Box: 19 Folder: 1
Griffin, Elinor - Untitled. Chapter excerpts with correspondence, 1976
Box: 19 Folder: 2
Johnson, Mark - " 'Jeffered' by Peter: An Analysis of Musical Organization." With correspondence, 1979
Box: 19 Folder: 3
Plomp, R. and Bouman, M.A. - "Relation Between Hearing Threshold and Duration for Tone Pulse." Annotated, 1959
Box: 19 Folder: 4
Rush, Loren - "Mandala Music", undated
Box: 19 Folder: 5
Schoenberg, Arnold - "Erecting the Sound Image", 1946
Box: 19 Folder: 6
Stewart, John L. - Outline of Krenek book. With correspondence, 1979
Box: 19 Folder: 7
Tuzin, Donald - "Sound, Ritual and 'Peak-Experience' ", 1973

Music Department

Box: 19 Folder: 8-9
Correspondence, 1973-1984
Box: 19 Folder: 10
Department seminar, 1978-1984
Box: 19 Folder: 11
Meeting minutes, 1974-1984
Box: 19 Folder: 12
Reports and proposals, 1973-1984 and undated
Box: 19 Folder: 13
Miscellaneous
Oversize: MC-021-06
Erickson UCSD Music Department posters, 1987

WRITINGS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 5) WRITINGS. Arranged in three subseries: A) Sound Structure in Music, B) Articles and Books, and C) Notebooks.

A) Sound Structure in Music : Includes handwritten and typed drafts of chapters of Erickson's book, photocopied reviews, and correspondence regarding publishing matters.

B) Articles and Books: Arranged chronologically. Includes typescript and handwritten drafts and research notes. Included are Erickson's unpublished memoirs, "Remembered Sounds and Hearing Things: Autobiographical Essays."

C) Notebooks: Includes a series of nineteen notebooks wherein Erickson recorded his research, thoughts, experiment ideas, diagrams, and article clippings on the subject of timbre. Other notebooks, arranged by date, contain similar content on subjects ranging from orchestra to texture to composition ideas.

Sound Structure in Music

Box: 20 Folder: 1-2
Typescript draft
Box: 20 Folder: 3-4
Edited typescript
Box: 20 Folder: 5
Chapter 1 typescript with Will Ogdon's edits
Box: 20 Folder: 6
Introduction - Typescript draft
Box: 20 Folder: 7
"Timbre: What is it?" - Typescript and handwritten notes
Box: 20 Folder: 8-9
"Timbre and Pitch" - Typescript and handwritten notes
Box: 21 Folder: 1-2
"Timbre and Time" - Typescript and handwritten notes
Box: 21 Folder: 3-4
"Timbre in Texture" - Typescript and handwritten notes
Box: 21 Folder: 5-6
"Klangfarbenmelodie: Problems of Linear Organization" - Typescript and handwritten notes
Box: 21 Folder: 7
"Drones" - Typescript and handwritten notes
Box: 21 Folder: 8
Bibliography, 1972
Box: 21 Folder: 9
Research notes - Typescript and handwritten
Box: 21 Folder: 10
Contracts, 1972
Box: 21 Folder: 11
Illustrations
Box: 22 Folder: 1-2
Illustrations
Oversize: FB-506 Folder: 2
Oversize illustrations for book
Box: 22 Folder: 4
Mock-up with negatives and handwritten notes
Box: 22 Folder: 5
Reviews and correspondence

Articles and Books

Box: 22 Folder: 6
Time Relations, 1962-1963
Box: 22 Folder: 7
A Primer for New Music, 1940
Box: 22 Folder: 8
Sound Ideal, 1947
Box: 22 Folder: 9
Krenek's Later Music (1930-1947), review, 1948
Box: 22 Folder: 10
The Musical System of Archytas, 1965
Box: 22 Folder: 11
Varese: 1924-1937: Sound-Ikon, 1965
Box: 22 Folder: 12
Griffin School Drama of Children, 1966
Box: 22 Folder: 13
Ad Hoc Musical Instruments, 1968
Box: 22 Folder: 14
Directions for How to do 'Do It', 1968
Box: 22 Folder: 15
Tube Filters in Electronic Music Review No.7, 1968
Box: 22 Folder: 16
Instruments for Cardenitas, 1969
Box: 22 Folder: 17
Remembering Sounds, 1973
Box: 22 Folder: 18
LOOPS, An Informal Timbre Experiment in Source Magazine No.14, 1973
Box: 23 Folder: 1
How to Educate a Composer, 1974
Box: 23 Folder: 2
Military Interlude, 1974
Box: 23 Folder: 3
Reconstructed Sounds, 1974
Box: 23 Folder: 4
San Francisco in the Fifties and Sixties, 1974
Box: 23 Folder: 5
Statement for Mandeville Center opening, 1974
Box: 23 Folder: 6
Timbre and the Tuning of the Balinese Gamelan, 1974
Box: 23 Folder: 7
Working with Stuart Dempster, 1974
Box: 23 Folder: 8
Back in the Shop, 1975
Box: 23 Folder: 9
Moonlighting, 1975-1980
Box: 23 Folder: 10
Other Worlds, 1975
Box: 23 Folder: 11
The Structure of the Pitch Memory System written with Diana Deutsch, 1975
Box: 23 Folder: 12
A Bibliography of Historical Music Theory, Mostly in Translation , and Some Articles that Comment Upon those Theorists and/or Their Theories, 1976
Box: 23 Folder: 13
Psychoacoustics and the Musician, 1977
Box: 23 Folder: 14
New Music and Psychology in The Psychology of Music, 1979
Box: 23 Folder: 15
Composing Music, 1980
Box: 23 Folder: 16
Moment Form, 1980
Box: 23 Folder: 17
Words and Music, 1980
Box: 24 Folder: 1
The Way the Wind is Blowing, 1982 October
Box: 24 Folder: 2
The Way the Wind is Blowing, 1982 September
Box: 24 Folder: 3
Audiences and Orchestras: Peering Ahead, 1983
Box: 24 Folder: 4
Peering Ahead, 1983
Box: 24 Folder: 5
Remembered Sounds, 1983
Box: 24 Folder: 6
Charlie, 1984
Box: 24 Folder: 7
My Music: It's Sources, Aesthetics, Poetics, Theory, 1984
Box: 24 Folder: 8
A Perceptual Substrate for Tonal Centering, 1984
Box: 24 Folder: 9
The New Audience, 1985
Box: 24 Folder: 10
Hearing Things: Autobiographical Essays, 1989
Box: 24 Folder: 11
An Account of My Career as a Composer, undated
Box: 24 Folder: 12
Autobiographical Sketch, undated
Box: 24 Folder: 13
Background and Method, undated
Box: 24 Folder: 14
A Few Words About My Music, undated
Box: 25 Folder: 1-2
The Harmonic Side of Atonal Music, undated
Box: 25 Folder: 3
Improvisation, undated
Box: 25 Folder: 4-5
Music in Plato's Republic and His Harmonics, undated
Box: 25 Folder: 6
The Musical System of Archytas, undated
Box: 25 Folder: 7
New New Music, undated
Box: 25 Folder: 8
Thinking About Audiences, undated
Box: 25 Folder: 9
Time and Chance in Contemporary Music, undated
Box: 25 Folder: 10
Tunable Tube Drums, undated
Box: 25 Folder: 11
The Twelve-Tone System and Musical Information Processing written with Diana Deutsch, undated
Box: 25 Folder: 12
Miscellaneous writings
Box: 25 Folder: 13
Miscellaneous loose notes

Notebooks

Timbre notebooks
Box: 26 Folder: 1
Vol. I-IV, 1970
Box: 26 Folder: 2
Vol. V-VIII
Box: 26 Folder: 3
Vol. IX-XII
Box: 26 Folder: 4
Vol. XIII-XVI
Box: 27 Folder: 1
Vol. XVII-XIX
Notebooks
Box: 27 Folder: 2-3
1980-1985
Box: 27 Folder: 4
Undated

MEDIA

Scope and Content of Series

Series 6) MEDIA: Arranged by format into five subseries: A) Images, B) VHS and Beta Cassette Tapes, C) Audiocassettes, D) Reel-to-Reel, and E) LPs.

A) Images: Mostly black and white prints, organized by subject, and includes portraits of Erickson and candids of him in workshop and classroom settings. Four folders contain images relating to articles found in the WRITINGS series.

B) VHS and Beta Cassette Tapes: Includes a recording of New World of Sound, dated 1969, some undated videos and undated tapes of "Erickson Archive" number 1-6.

C) Audiocassettes: Includes "Erickson Archive" numbers 1-12 which date from 1968-1984 and undated as well as other audiocassettes from various sessions and performances, including Erickson Festival: Kronos Quartet dated March 1, 1987.

D) Reel-to-Reel: Includes 30 audio reels (fourteen 10 1/2", thirteen 7", and three 5") which span from 1957-1984 of performances, sound studies and recordings of his music.

E) LPs: Consists of 7 LPs created during Erickson's time at Hamline University in the 1940s.

Images

Box: 27 Folder: 5-6
Photographs of Robert Erickson
Box: 28 Folder: 1-2
Portraits of Robert Erickson
Box: 28 Folder: 3
Events, 1982 and undated
Box: 28 Folder: 4
Instruments
Box: 28 Folder: 5
"Ad Hoc Musical Instruments" - Black and white prints, 1968
Box: 28 Folder: 6
"Back in the Shop" - Black and white prints and one slide, 1975
Box: 28 Folder: 7
Greek music - Black and white prints
Box: 28 Folder: 8
"Tunable Tube Drums" - Black and white prints
Oversize: MC-021-07
Robert Erickson in his studio, portrait, undated

VHS and Beta Cassette Tapes

Box: 31 Folder: 1-4
New World of Sound - KOGO TV Channel 10, 1969
Box: 31 Folder: 5-6
Robert Erickson videos, undated
Box: 31 Folder: 7-12
Erickson Archive number 1-6

Audiocassettes

Box: 29 Folder: 1-12
"Erickson Archive" number 1-12, 1968-1984 and undated
Box: 29 Folder: 13
"Robert Erickson", undated
Box: 29 Folder: 14-15
"Auroras", 1984 and undated
Box: 29 Folder: 16
"Dunbar's Delight" - First performance, May 6, 1985
Box: 29 Folder: 17
Erickson program - KFAC, March 10, 1987
Box: 29 Folder: 18-19
"Focus", 1992-1996
Box: 29 Folder: 19-20
"The Idea of Order at Key West", 1979-1980
Box: 29 Folder: 21
"Night Music" and "Garden", undated
Box: 30 Folder: 1
Petersen "Monopoly Mix" and Erickson "Do It", 1966
Box: 30 Folder: 2
"Postcards", 1982
Box: 30 Folder: 3
"Sierra", undated
Box: 30 Folder: 4
"Solstice" (1985) and "Sequoia Quartet", undated
Box: 30 Folder: 5-6
Trio, 1987
Box: 30 Folder: 7
"Summer Music", 1975
Box: 30 Folder: 8
Erickson Festival: Kronos Quartet - "Solstice", March 1, 1987
Box: 30 Folder: 9
Krenek - "Concerto for Violin", undated

LPs

Box: 28 Folder: 9
"Five Prayers", undated
Box: 28 Folder: 10-11
"Job Choruses" by Robert Erickson, undated
Box: 28 Folder: 12
"Little Trio" for violin, viola and piano, undated
Box: 28 Folder: 13
"Pastorale," music by Robert Erickson, undated
Box: 28 Folder: 14
"The Star Song" and "I Saw a Sweet Silly Sight" by Robert Erickson, undated
Box: 28 Folder: 15
Untitled, undated

Reel-to-Reel

7 1/2 IPS, 1/4", 7" diameter
Box: 32 Folder: 1
"Peter," Movie Tape I (a)
Box: 32 Folder: 2
"Peter," Movie Tape I (b)
Box: 32 Folder: 3
"Peter," Movie Tape II
Box: 32 Folder: 4
"Peter," Movie Tape III
Box: 32 Folder: 5-7
"Time and Chance in Contemporary Music"
Box: 32 Folder: 8
"Down at Piraeus," Performance Tape
Box: 32 Folder: 9
"Down at Piraeus," Performance, May 14, 1970, Jerome Rosen, Conductor
Box: 32 Folder: 10-11
"I am R.E.'s Keeper," July 23, 1984, Reel 1 and 2
Box: 32 Folder: 12
"White Lady," for wind emsemble
Box: 32 Folder: 13
"LOOPS," an informal timbre experiment, Master
7 1/2/ IPS, 1/4", 5" diameter
Box: 32 Folder: 14
"Elegy for solo percussion," Jerome Rosen
Box: 32 Folder: 15
"Nine and a Half for Henry"
Box: 32 Folder: 16
Sound examples illustrating "Computer Study of Trumpet Tones"
Box: 32 Folder: 17
Notes relating to reel to reels, 1956 and undated
Box: 32 Folder: 18
"Computer Study of Trumpet Tones," Risset, J.C., 1969

Relates to reel to reel recording "Sound Examples Illustrating..." Box 32, Folder 16

15 IPS, 1/2", 10 1/2" diameter
Oversize: OM-2 Folder: 1
"4 track Bells Master," Jack Williams
Oversize: OM-2 Folder: 2
"Bialka P/22 Mix"
Oversize: OM-2 Folder: 3
"Forks", 1972
Oversize: OM-2 Folder: 4
"Mixes: La Jolla Cove"
Oversize: OM-2 Folder: 5
"Nine and a Half for Henry," Master
Oversize: OM-2 Folder: 6
"Wave Mix," 4 tracks
15 IPS, 1/4", 10 1/2" diameter
Oversize: OM-2 Folder: 7
"Ch Concerto," Stereo
Oversize: OM-2 Folder: 8
"Down at Piraeus," Stereo Dub 15
Oversize: OM-2 Folder: 9
"The End of the Music," from concert, 1967 March 19
Oversize: OM-2 Folder: 10
January ACA Composer Program, "Chamber Music", 1957 January 6
Oversize: OM-3 Folder: 1
Music Improvisations from Griffin Nursery School, 1964 January 22
Oversize: OM-3 Folder: 2
Piano improvisations by Claudia and Betsy and group drumming. Griffin Nursery School, May 1955
Oversize: OM-3 Folder: 3
"String Quartet"