The Archive: Audium V
Audium V premiered in 1969 at Audium’s first home, an old lodge hall in San Francisco’s Richmond District.
The sounds of Audium V range from calm city sounds to raucous electronic mayhem. Stan Shaff and Doug McEachern saw the original theater’s 80 speakers as a canvas on which to stretch and shape “sound sculptures.” They were just coming into what would become a defining philosophy: treating sound and space itself as a composable entity.
AUDIUM: A THEATRE IN SOUND
Original Program Note Excerpts:
The need for a permanent environment providing for the specific concerns of the compositions, led to the first AUDIUM series in this location in 1967. The ability of the tape performer to interpret the compositions through his control of sound dimension facilitated the interaction between composer, performer and audience.
The evolution of the compositions combined with the experiences and possibilities of this new medium have resulted in the current presentation. It is a total sound theatre. The environment is not only a setting, it is in itself a sound instrument.
Stanley Shaff’s notes on Audium
Audium’s board and Stanley Shaff at Audium’s first home in the Richmond
Ceiling at Audium’s first home in the Richmond
Audium V Review High Fidelity May 5, 1970
LINK TO KPFA INTERVIEW
Stanley Shaff and Doug McEachern interviewed at KPFA
September 12, 1969