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date: 21 October 2019

Neuhaus, Maxlocked

(b Beaumont, TX, 9 Aug, 1939; d Maratea, Feb 3, 2009).
  • John-Paul Stonard


(b Beaumont, TX, 9 Aug, 1939; d Maratea, Feb 3, 2009).

American sound artist. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music (1957–62), Neuhaus worked as a professional percussionist, touring America and Europe with Pierre Boulez (1962–3) and Karlheinz Stockhausen (1963–4). He experimented with electro-acoustic sound, and in 1968 recorded a solo album, Electronics and Percussion: Five Realisations by Max Neuhaus for Columbia Masterworks. By this time he had already moved from event-based performance to environmental and socially-based works. This shift began in 1966 with a series of guided walks through New York city, highlighting the natural urban sound environment. The placement of sounds within a prescribed time, typical of musical performance, was exchanged for a placement of sounds in space with no defined beginning or end. In the same year he made the first of a series of works known as Public Supply (I–IV, 1966–73), in which he remixed and redistributed sounds drawn from New York’s WBAI radio phone-in audience. In his subsequent work he developed this reconsideration of the relation between artist and audience, his effort to locate artistic activity beyond institutional walls chiming with an increasing enthusiasm for public art....

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