RECENT SOLO RECORDINGS:
For all of these recordings please contact me directly:

 
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MISTER ANYHOW (Fun N4)  2014
(Live in the studio 2011-14)
More and deeper explorations of the use of found, appropriated, recorded and synthesized sounds in live-in-the-studio mixes
meant to reflect the then-current state of my thoughts, emotions and the world at large.


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THE DEPARTMENT OF STRANGE WEATHER  (Fun N3)  2011
(Live recordings of performances using recorded and appropriated sounds 2008-10)
Working with “found” and “location” sounds recorded by very low-fi means, I improvised performances in real time on a theme of disorientation, suppressed anger and loss. 


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AT THE OTHER END OF THE DAY (Improvisations 2005-8)  (Fun N-1) 
Sound works from real life.  To me this collection has a dreamy kind  of resignation to it, born of listening to  quotidian sounds and then willing them into unfamiliarity, accomplished by recording them with a very low-fi device and then further de-fidelifying them w/ simple musique concrete tricks.  Hopefully, they are kind of like being in a crowd and pretending you don't understand the  language--everything is strange and new again.  Special thanks to Guy Orcutt, who inspired these works, and to my family, who put up with me recording and making them. 


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CHORAL WORKS & THE APSARAS  (Art 1026)  Artifact Records (http://www.artifact.com/)
Two works composed from found sounds, ambiances, voices and music:
CHORAL WORKS: (1994-2004)
Short audio-musical pieces based on the sounds of people singing and chanting    Made from location recordings of singers in Papua New Guinea, Germany, Japan, Cambodia, Russia, Egypt and Java.  Featured on the "AetherFest" radio festival KUNM, 2003.
The APSARAS: (2002)
Eight short audio works based on recordings I made in Cambodia in the mid 1990's.  Odd snatches of location recordings are examined for interesting small sound events, from which I tried to fashion "sound melodies".   The inspiration for the works were the carvings of the celestial dancers  called "Apsaras" found at Angkor Wat and other Khmer temples.  The collection was originally made for and premiered on Barbara Golden's KPFA radio show, "Crack of Dawn".

For recordings with THE BIFURCATORS please see The Bifurcators page.

For recordings I did with THE RESIDENTS go to: http://ralphamerica.comand scroll down to the old stuff (“Mole Show” etc.).

For recordings by Scott Fraser, “Blue” Gene Tyranny and David Ocker on FUN MUSIC 1979-89 please see the
Fun Music page.


PHILIP PERKINS' albums on FUN MUSIC 1975-1994:
(for info on any of these albums, email me at philper@lmi.net)


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VIRGO RAMAYANA and SAY AGAIN (2 works for radio) CD reissue 2014 Fun N18re
A new CD re-release of the two longer works on the 1992 cassette album (now out of print):
Virgo Ramayana: made from music, ambient and voice recordings from Indonesia and arranged via a primitive live computer-controlled editing and mixing system.  (23 min.)
Say Again: a live radio work broadcast on KPFA 5/6/91 written for and featuring Bonnie Barnett (voice), Tim Perkis (computer/synth), Scott Fraser (percussion, guitar), and Philip Perkins (mix, radios, signal and MIDI processing, sampler, tapes, electric bass). 
Produced by Ben Lindgren. (45 min)

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SHAPIRO, VERMEER, FLORIDA and SAN FRANCISCO   Fun 1006  1989 CD
This CD includes 4 works:
Shapiro Songs: settings of 7 poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Karl Shapiro in a variety of styles. 
Vocalist: Frederick Goff.
re:Vermeer: a five part melodic and electroacoustic work inspired by the paintings of Johannes Vermeer (1632-75).
South Florida Remote:  A highly subjective radio documentary on the Miami area. Commissioned by New Music America 1988 and WLRN-FM Miami.  Produced by Steve Malagodi.
San Francisco Remote:  This is a documentary recording of this audio installation as it stood in the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery in Oct. 1988. Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission.  Produced by Russ Jennings.
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HALL OF FLOWERS / THE FLAME OF AMBITION (excerpts) Fun 1005 1988 LP

Side 1 of this LP contains the 21 min. first section of HALL OF FLOWERS a work for radio broadcast.  The piece moves through a tremendous variety of sound material configured around a single multirhythmic "cell".
Side 2 has 7 excerpts from THE FLAME OF AMBITION , a collection of short, mostly melodic works about what ambition causes (or enables) people to do.  The title refers to the "burning" nature of ambition within those who are literally being consumed by it.
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THE FLAME OF AMBITION  Fun 14 1986 cassette
Ambition in these times is particularly visible in the actions of large multi-national corporations, who seem to live by their own laws and politics, while having internal hierarchies as complex as a Renaissance royal court.  This varied collection of 14 songs and electroacoustic works reflects on aspects of a consuming desire for power and wealth.

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THE ROSETTA STONE  Fun 15  1986 cassette
Very young children hear language and noise as basically the same phenomena, with occasional "windows" of understanding that widen as the child learns the difference.  The Rosetta Stone creates a sonic portrait of this process of discovery through sound composition, melody and location recordings. Side B contains “Horizontal”, a gently melodic ambient work originally commissioned as intermission music for a performance-art piece.

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DRIVE TIME Fun 1004  1985 LP
DRIVE TIME is a series of pieces composed as an alternative to early morning commute or "drive time" radio.  The piece alternates melodic songs (often  parodies of commercial tunes) with electronic washes and stereo location recordings of street bands, parades, animals, ambiances etc. etc..  The whole is assembled with segues like a live radio show.
For the 2013 re-release of this LP on Body Double please go to http://www.capturedtracks.com/new-imprint-body-double-ltd/

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KING OF THE WORLD  Fun 1003 1984 LP
This album was inspired by the lives and works of three ancient monarchs, all of whom considered themselves to be the absolute ruler of all mankind.  The  music was made as a meditation on myth, tragedy caused by pride and extreme distance in time.

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NEIGHBORHOOD WITH A SKY  (Bird Variations)  Fun 1002  1982 LP
This album was conceived of as a "neighborhood" of short, highly evocative audio pieces, similar in size and structure, that would present an audioscape to the listener in much the same way as a neighborhood of buildings and streets  presents itself to one walking through it.

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APARTMENT LIFE  (6 Episodes) Fun N11re Originally released on cassette in 1980. CD RE-RELEASE 2014
The city as permanent ongoing sound piece.  A series of 6 electroacoustic works in which the aural topography of city life is disassembled, examined and finally remade with highly processed mirror images of itself.

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TAPEWORKS 1975-80 Fun N12re Originally released on cassette in 1980. CD RE-RELEASE 2014
Nine audio works in a variety of styles, from the purely abstract to settings for poetry.

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TOOL'S PAINT / READING THE MAIL  Fun 1001  (7 inch 45rpm vinyl)  1981
One cut each from the APARTMENT LIFE and TAPEWORKS albums.

for info on any of the above albums, e-mail me at philper@lmi.net

ALBUMS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT (except as above):

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VIRGO RAMAYANA and other works for radio:  Fun 18  1994 cassette (Out of print, Re-released on CD, see above)
Four works for radio:

Virgo Ramayana: made from music, ambient and voice recordings from Indonesia and arranged via a primitive live computer-controlled editing and mixing system.  (23 min.)
Radio Music: John Cage’s 1956 composition in a studio realization. (6 min.)
Remotitude: an edit of my live radio work BERKELEY REMOTE (KPFA 1989)  (6 min.)
Say Again: a live radio work broadcast on KPFA 5/6/91 featuring Bonnie Barnett (voice), Tim Perkis (computer/synth), Scott Fraser (percussion, guitar), and Philip Perkins (mix, radios, signal and MIDI processing, sampler, tapes, electric bass).  Produced by Ben Lindgren. (40 min)
(see 2014 CD reissue above)

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THE REMOTES Fun 17  1990 cassette (out of print)
In 1988 I began a series of live radio performance works called THE REMOTES.  In these shows, presented live on various radio stations in the USA and Canada, locally-recruited guest musicians and I would play with and through an electronic system that allowed a unique synthesis of automatic and intuitive processes in a work that continually created itself in real time.  This live studio remix (using some of the same systems) of recordings of nine of the live radio versions of the work is a sort of "super Remote", and presents some of the best moments of the series.  Later versions were made for NPR, CBC and Japanese radio.   Other series spun off of this one were made, including the SURFACE TO AIR series for performance over phone lines to far-away radio stations.

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HALL OF FLOWERS  Fun 16  1987 cassette (Out of print, see LP HALL OF FLOWERS / THE FLAME OF AMBITION Fun 1005 1988)
This is the full length version of this work for radio. HALL OF FLOWERS was designed so that a listener could tune in at any point, listen for any length of time over a minute or so and get the jist of the piece, while making the hearing of the full length an enjoyable experience also.

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PACAL (the shield) Fun 13  1983 cassette (Out of print, music included in the LP KING OF THE WORLD, see above.)
This work is based on an inference of what the life of this 7th century Mayan king might have been like, based on the art and details of his tomb (Palenque).   It follows the chronology of a "noble" life against the sweep and flow of Mayan culture in general.

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APARTMENT LIFE  Fun 11  1980 cassette (Out of print, Re-released on CD, see above)
The city as permanent ongoing sound piece.  A series of 6 electroacoustic works in which the aural topography of city life is disassembled, examined and finally remade with highly processed mirror images of itself.

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TAPEWORKS  1975-80 Fun 12  1980 cassette (Out of print, Re-released on CD, see above)
Nine audio works in a variety of styles, from the purely abstract to settings for poetry.


Film music:

BETWEEN TEMPLES: Frances Nkara 2009 (music by Philip Perkins, an excerpt from VIRGO RAMAYANA, 1992)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1570443/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

SPINDLE:
Val Norwood 1984 (original music and sound design)

AMERICAN HERITAGE: Deaf Perspective Lynette Taylor 1983 (original music and sound design)


Performances and recordings of works by other composers and artists:

Cascando  (Samuel Beckett, 1961)   Univ. of the Pacific, 1971 Electric guitar and other sounds.

Imaginary Landscape #4,  Variations IV, 4' 33" (John Cage, 1951-63)
Raymond College, 1972, as a member of the USSR Ensemble

The Resident's Mole Show 
(The Residents)  USA and Europe tours 1983-4, studio work 1979-83 (several recordings as well).

Shapiro Songs (settings of poems by Karl Shapiro, 1913-2000) 1987-8 
Keyboards, bass, bowed psaltery, guitar, samplers, percussion; with vocals by Frederick Goff
From the album "SHAPIRO, VERMEER, FLORIDA and SAN FRANCISCO”   Fun Music 1988

Radio Music (John Cage, 1956)  Studio version 1989, on the album "VIRGO RAMAYANA", Fun Music 1992

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FILMS and VIDEOS 1973-79, 1997-2002:

Street Tree Films Project (1997-2002):

 
STILLS (1998)  60 min.  video (not currently in distribution, out of print)
STILLS2 (2000) 80 min. video (not currently in distribution, out of print)

From 1979 until 1997 I took a rather extended vacation from personal filmmaking, working mostly in sound and electronic music. When I became interested in making motion pictures again in 1997 I found that I was not at all wanting to make films that would be shown in competitive "festivals" or very rarely on late-night PBS independent-film ghettos.  I had been spoiled by working in radio--I liked the idea of addressing each audience member one at a time in their own space, with the work becoming part of their lives rather than a pretend-theatrical scheduled event.  Thus the Street Tree Films project began, making videos that use a video camera more the way a still photographer would work than a filmmaker, and making videos that make a monitor (or TV) simply a display device for a collection of images--related, but not necessarily sequential. The TV is a picture frame, the content of which--usually an image in which camera does not move but contains some motion, however slight--changes from minute to minute, as though one had a painting that could change itself or a window in which the view shifted from moment to moment.  The imagery is mostly fairly mundane--what I find in the course of my life, and these pictures alternate with completely abstract studio-created images that use light in a primary way.  There are 2 completed videos in the series: STILLS (1998, 60 min.) and STILLS2 (2000, 80 min.).  A third video for the series was begun and abandoned in 2002.


Films from the 1970’s:
I was very taken up with the making of short "experimental" films and videos between 1971 and 1979.  During this period I made 5 fairly complex works using various experimental film animation techniques in 16mm, and innumerable smaller 8mm works in a wide variety of styles.  The 16mm works (along with a longer diary-style film called "TIME PASSES") are available from Canyon Cinema in San Francisco. Canyon has an online catalog.

16mm films:
A WINDOW (1975)
BRIGHT (1976)
PATCHWORK (Palo Alto Film Festival 1977)
WORKS ON PAPER (1978)
TIME PASSES (1979)
GILA (Bellevue Film Festival 1979)
(included in the American Federation of Arts "Synthetic Movements" touring show, 1979-84)

Available from:
http://www.canyoncinema.com
145 Ninth Street, Suite 260
San Francisco, California 94103
phone/fax: 415-626-2255

8mm films: (not currently in distribution, out of print)
CROWNFIRE (1973)
FIELDS (1975)
WINTER DANCE (1973)
RAIN *  (Northwest Film Festival 1974)
MOON * (1974)
METRONOMIE * (1974)
CARZ * (1975)
A RIVER * (Ann Arbor 8mm Film Festival 1976)
(* = made with Scott Fraser)

Videos from the 1970’s: (not currently in distribution, out of print)
(Projects made on 1/2” Sony-format EIAJ open reel black and white video.)
A DIFFERENT TOMORROW (with Pat Link) 1977
A verite-documentary portrait of a lonely and depressed elderly lady lost in her memories, performed and narrated by Pat Link.
3 ELEMENTS (v.1-3) (with Tripp Mikich) 1976
Highly experimental live video mixes with video, film, audio, sculpture and live performance components.