Collection of Tim Blickhan

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Tim co-founded the Neoteric and has some of the earliest artifacts. Over time we can expect commentary, too.

[edit] Pre-Neoterian Northern


L to R: Unknown, Tim Blickhan, Unknown, Chinary Ung
L to R: Joseph Pinzaronne, Unknown, Tim Blickhan
Tim Blickhan
The First Great Electric Pumpkin Patch
Northern Illinois University
1978
Tim recalls:
"This event featured the performance of my A Chicken Will Probably Fall On Your Head During This (Piece) for three players, 150-foot tape loop, 3 tape recorders, and actor. The tape loop can be seen in the upper left of each photo.
"As I recall...the evening also included a panel discussion that featured, via conference call, [Joseph Pinzarrone's] Delaware colleague from MAMMI (Mid-American Modern Music Institute?), Dick Uranus.
"The concert was a triggering event in that it led to the creation of the Neoteric Ensemble in the following year."
Chinary Ung was guest composer at the NIU school of Music 1978—1979.


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[edit] Neoteric Ensemble


Poster, Toujours Perdrix, November 1980
Poster, Toujours Perdrix
Tim Blickhan et al
Plain paper copy
8 1/2 x 11 inches
November 1980
© 1980 Tim Blickhan and Joseph Pinzarrone; used with permission
One of the Ensemble's early performances, and sparest posters. Toujours Perdrix was reprised many times over the group's active lifetime.


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Poster, Toujours Perdrix, November 1981
Poster, Toujours Perdrix
Tim Blickhan et al
Plain paper copy
8 1/2 x 11 inches
November 1981
© 1981 Tim Blickhan and Joseph Pinzarrone; used with permission
The first reprise of Toujours Perdrix, but not the last.


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Program, Toujours Perdrix
Program, Toujours Perdrix
Program, Toujours Perdrix, Millikin University Reprise
Tim Blickhan, Joseph Pinzarrone, et al
Plain paper copy
Two pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
March 1982
© 1982 Tim Blickhan and Joseph Pinzarrone; used with permission
The Ensemble presents Toujours Perdrix at Millikin University.


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Poster, Ars Nova Beaux Arts Ball 1982
Poster, #@¢* Art…Let's Dance
D A Ayer
Screen Print on poster board
18 x 28 inches
April 1982
© 1982 D A Ayer
Another Neoteric Ensemble guest appearance during the Toujours Perdrix touring era.


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Program, Let's Put Music in Its Place
Poster, Let's Put Music in Its Place
Program, Let's Put Music in Its Place Series
Tim Blickhan and the Neoteric Ensmeble
Plain paper copy
Two pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches
April 1982
© 1982 the Neoteric Ensemble; used with permission
Note photos of the signature "Toujours Perdrix" regalia, created by Patricia Smith of West End Costumes. Excerpts from this concert can be heard on the "Dogs Will Rave" cassette.


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Handbill, Toujours Perdrix, New Music America '82 (recto)
Handbill, Toujours Perdrix, New Music America '82 (verso)
Handbill and Apologia, Toujours Perdrix
Tim Blickhan and Joseph Pinzarrone
Plain paper copy
8 1/2 x 11 inches
July 1982
© 1982 Tim Blickhan and Joseph Pinzarrone; used with permission
The Ensemble's program (front) and apologia/broadside (reverse) from the Chicago Navy Pier performance of Toujours Perdrix without, alas, the Synapticon.


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Photo roll, New Music America '82
Tim Blickhan et al
Black and white photos
35 mm
July 1982
© 1982 Tim Blickhan; used with permission
The New Music America Festival was held annually during the 1980 decade, and was not without controversy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Music_America). The Neoteric Ensemble prepared its signature piece, "Toujours Perdrix," with the City of Chicago's contractual caveat (see inset on handbill, above) in mind. The combination of the work's "open-mic" format (uncensored dialogue was fed to the performers by the audience) and the Apologia regarding the non-performance of E.X. Rator's "Synapticon" was too much for the local organizers, and the ensemble was asked to leave after the first performance (two were scheduled). That being said, everyone but the Chicago art police had a great time.
Tim
Eugene
Tim and Joe
Neoteric and crew
The ensemble
The audience
John Cage
Pauline Oliveros
Ben Johnston
The performance
The audience
The ensemble
Eugene
The scene
Puppeteers
The ensemble


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Click the forward button above to play. Use File:Cafe Concert 3 December 1982.mp3 to access the file instead of playing it in Flash.

Audio, Café Concert
Neoteric Ensemble and guests
Audio (ripped from 1/8" stereo cassette tape)
28' 53"
December 1982
Northern Illinois University
An early experiment involving sound and food. Tim's recollection of this recording:
"The Café concert recording was made by Jan Bach at his table. His dinner party consisted of Jan Bach, his daughters Eva and Dawn, and Paul Steg."
It is notable that the concert involved the use of recording equipment and skirted the usual School of Music prohibition of recording equipment. The phrase de riguer for recital programs was "The use of cameras or personal tape recorders during performances is expressly prohibited." The Neoteric would flout this routinely throughout their first decade.


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Cafe Concert, December 1982
Newpaper Advertisement, Cafe Concert
Tim Blickhan, et al
Newsprint
3 X 6 inches (approx.)
December 1982
Northern Illinois University
© 1982 C T Blickhan and the Northern Star
Patrons had to telephone ahead for reservations. Once seated, a full musical meal could be ordered from the extensive menu (soup, salad, entree, dessert), which was then performed at the table. Electronic cocktails were available at the bar for patrons who did not wish to dine (or who showed up without a reservation). Note that proper attire was required.


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Tales of Power, April 1983
Poster, Tales of Power
D A Ayer
Screen print on poster board
22 x 28 inches
April 1983
© 1983 D A Ayer and Joseph Pinzarrone
Tim has the all-black version.


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Absolutely not a Festival, November 1983
Poster, Absolutely not a Festival
D A Ayer
Screen print on poster board
14 x 22"
November 13, 1983
© 1983 D A Ayer
Not only a poster, but available for sale as a tee shirt in the lobby, along with other Neoteric items at the "Selling Out" concert in April, 1984. See Ayer Collection 0003. For a number of years, the NIU Student Association provided funding for the annual College of Visual and Performing Arts Fine Arts Festival. Abruptly, in 1983, they chose to no longer provide support, effectively killing the festival. It seemed like a good idea to make sure that Neoteric's SA funding was maintained, hence the "Absolutely Not A Festival" clarification.


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Ensemble Performance Series, November 1983
Ensemble Performance Series, November 1983
Ensemble Performance Series, November 1983
Ensemble Performance Series, November 1983
Program, Ensemble Performance Series
Joseph Pinzarrone, Tim Blickhan, et al
Plain paper copy
8 1/2 x 11 inches
November 1983
Northern Illinois University, College of Visual and Performing Arts
This is the full four pages of the program also shown at Ayer Collection 0001. A program from 1983 lists the members of the day. Three additional pages reproduced the scored instructions for Mark Bobak's and Erik Deerly's featured works along with Margaret Atwood's Against Still Life.
We'll hope copyright hawks will view this as fair use, given the NIU affiliation at the time.


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Set Music Free, March 1984
Poster, A Manifesto: Set Music Free
Steve Hansen, Cathy Church
Plain paper copy
8 1/2 x 11 inches
March 1984
For a while, the Ensemble made guest appearances at the required Senior Recital performances of upper-class members. The practice died down after 1984.


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Click the forward button above to play. Use File:Dogs Will Rave.mp3 to access the file instead of playing it in Flash.

Audio, DOGS WILL RAVE, Side A
Neoteric Ensemble
Audio (ripped from 1/8" stereo cassette tape)
18' 40"
April 1984
© 1981—1984 the Neoteric Ensemble
Tim managed to unearth a copy of the DOGS WILL RAVE promo cassette from Selling Out and rip it to MP3. As he points out, the B-side is the A-side in reverse; recreation of the B-side by conversion and reposting are left as exercises for the (wiki) reader.

See the cover.



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ArtBus, November 1985
Program, ArtBus
Neoteric Ensemble et al
Plain paper copy
8 1/2 x 11 inches
November 1985
Northern Illinois University, College of Visual and Performing Arts
This was the program handout for the ArtBus performance. See also Ayer Collection 0011.


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ArtBus interview, November 1985
Newspaper article, ArtBus interview
Mike Solley, The Northern Star, Northern Illinois University
Newsprint
3 x 6 inches (approx.)
November 1985
© 1985 The Northern Star, Northern Illinois University
"Spokesmen" Tim Blickhan and Joe Pinzarrone were interviewed prior to the Artbus concert. Among the many insights in this article, "Everybody is a performer, even though they may not know it," and "The event is free, but seating is limited."


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ArtBus passes, November 1985
Audience bus passes for ArtBus
The Neoteric Ensemble, et al
Plain paper copies
Each 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (approx.)
November 1985
© 1985 The Neoteric Ensemble; used with permission
These were real buses, and they required real passes to board.


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5/5: 11th Annual Juried Show of Illinois Artists, December 1985
Flyer, 5/5: 11th Annual Juried Show of Illinois Artists
Randolph Street Gallery et al
Plain paper copy
8 1/2 x 11 inches
December 1985
The Randolph Street Gallery flyer with the Ensemble's appearance highlighted. See also Ayer Collection 0023.


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Program, Relâche, April 1986
Credits, Relâche, April 1986
Commentary, Relâche, April 1986
Program, Relâche
The Neoteric Ensemble, et al
Plain paper copy
8 1/2 x 11 inches
April 1986
The full program from the 1986 performance. Note Some Old Music is Still Worth Performing Recital Series in the header. Tim provided the scholarly commentary.


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Newspaper advertisements, Relâche, April 1986
Newspaper advertisements, Relâche
D A Ayer
Newsprint
Dimensions somewhat vague
April 1986
© 1986 D A Ayer and the Northern Star
These ads ran in the campus paper the week of the Relâche performance.


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Poule Frits du Kentuckienne, April 1986
Prop from Relâche: a Piece for Dogs
Tim Blickhan et al
Altered take-out bucket
12 pieces
April 1986
The official banquet food of academic fools the world over. This may be the only bucket to survive the fear, chaos, and rampant destruction of the evening as the audience rose to the historic occasion and reenacted the riots of a previous evening in Paris, 1924.
See also Ayer_Collection_0029.


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Relâche review, the Northern Star, April 1986
Newspaper article, Relâche
Margy Otigara, reporter, for the Northern Star
Newsprint
© 1986 The Northern Star, Northern Illinois University
Maybe you thought we were kidding about rioting and mayhem? Here is corroboration from an unbiased, independent source (i.e., not a member of the Ensemble):
"Artistic conventions are being attacked and destroyed at NIU by the Neoteric Ensemble...."
How cool is that?


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Program, Toujours Perdrix, February 1989
Program, Toujours Perdrix
Tim Blickhan et al
Plain paper copy
8 1/2 x 11 inches
February 1989
© 1981—1989 Tim Blickhan, Joseph Pinzarrone, and the Neoteric Ensemble; used with permission
Could this be the last ever reprise of Toujours Perdrix?


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