A Treatise Remix

  • composed by Christopher Williams, 2015
  • after Treatise by Cornelius Cardew
  • with: Christian Kesten (voice, objects, translations), Andrea Neumann (inside piano), Robyn Schulkowsky (voice, percussion), Christopher Williams (voice, contrabass).
  • mixed by Hermann Leppich.
  • Commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur’s Klangkunst program. Supported by WORM and Klangendum Studio.

A Treatise Remix is a musical essay by Christopher Williams on Cornelius Cardew’s seminal graphic score Treatise (1963-67). Historical recordings of the piece, original ensemble recordings of the piece, and texts about the piece are layered in a lasagna that is at once an interpretation, a critical commentary, and an experience all its own.

Duration: 46:24.

Premiere date: 14 August 2015.

With contributions from

  • Cornelius Cardew and members of the Buffalo Center of the Creative and Performing Arts, 1966
  • Cornelius Cardew, John White, John Tilbury, Keith Rowe, David Bedford, and Peter Greenham, 1966
  • QuaX Ensemble, 1967
  • Ellsworth Snyder, 1976
  • John Tilbury and Eddie Prevost, 1984 and 1996
  • Performers at the Cornelius Cardew Memorial Concert, 1985
  • 2:13 Ensemble, 1997
  • Fred Lonberg-Holm, Guillermo Gregorio, Art Lange, Jim O’Rourke, Jim Baker, and Carrie Biolo, 1999
  • Sonic Youth and William Winant, 1999
  • FORMANEX, 2001
  • Shawn Feeney, 2001
  • James Ede, 2011
  • Nicolas Horvath, 2012
  • Helen Davey, 2012
  • Ken Ya Kawaguchi and Gian Luigi Diana, 2012
  • Tempo Reale Electroacoustic Ensemble, 2012
  • Mat Hannafin, 2013
  • WhoThroughThen, 2013
  • Léo Rathier and Méryl Marchetti, 2014
  • Jane Alden and Vocal Constructivists, 2014