Fonds JG - John Grayson fonds

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John Grayson fonds

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CA SVE JG

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  • 1884, 1957-1983 (Creation)
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    John Grayson

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33 cm of textual records and other material.

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(1943 -)

Biographical history

Throughout his life John Grayson has been a sound sculptor, university lecturer, experimental theatre producer, and farmer. He has also occasionally produced television programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He organized and conducted numerous workshops, seminars, international conferences and exhibitions for a diverse range of institutions in such areas as: the theatre arts; perceptual awareness; computer art systems; sound sculpture; expanded music systems; and various facets of music education. He was a founder of the Aesthetic Research Centre of Canada. The Aesthetic Research Centre (A.R.C.) was a Canadian publisher of academic books, scientific journals, LP recordings and graphic scores in the field of sound sculpture, avant-garde music and process music, as well as neurofeedback in the arts. A.R.C. Publications was founded by John Grayson in Vancouver in the early 1970s and was active between 1971 and 1977.

Custodial history

The fonds was acquired on February 15, 2018 from the family of Ray Walker, upon his death. Ray Walker had acquired the personal library of John Grayson directly from Grayson, although it is unclear under what circumstances.

Scope and content

Fonds contains books from the personal library of John Grayson. The fonds contains 24 publications (primarily books and journals) on the topic of music theory, sound sculpture and soundscape, and unorthodox musical creations/instruments. The majority of the publications in the fonds were published by Grayson's organization The Aesthetic Research Centre. Some of the publications include sheet music, and one publication includes an accompanying musical recording on tape cassette. Titles and authors/editors are as follows:

  1. An Environment of Musical Sculpture - ed. John Grayson
  2. Biofeedback and the Arts: Results of Early Experiments - ed. David Rosenboom
  3. Computer Music Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2
  4. The UNESCO Courier, November 1976
  5. Cultures, Vol. 1, No. 1
  6. Desert Plants: Conversations with 23 American Musicians - Walter Zimmermann
  7. Environments of Musical Sculpture You Can Build - ed. John Grayson
  8. Five Village Soundscapes - R. Murray Schafer
  9. The Gitalamkara: L'ouvrage Original de Bharata sur la Musique
  10. Handbook for Acoustic Ecology - ed. Barry Truax
  11. Interval: Exploring the Sonic Spectrum, Fall 1983
  12. Journal of Experimental Aesthetics, Vol. 1, No. 1
  13. The Music of the Environment - ed. Murray Schafer
  14. La Musique du Cambodge et du Laos - Alain Danielou
  15. New Directions, Nos. 24 & 25
  16. Paysage Sonore Urbain: Deux Journees d'Exposition, d'Ecoute, et de Communications - Plan-Construction
  17. Pieces: An Anthology - ed. Michael Byron
  18. Recherches sur l'Histoire de la Gamme Arabe - J.P.N. Land
  19. Sound Sculpture - ed. John Grayson
  20. Sound/Sculpture - ed. John Grayson
  21. Sound : Space - Bernhard Leitner
  22. Soundings, Nos. 7 & 8
  23. Toning: The Creative Power of the Voice - Laurel Elizabeth Keyes
  24. Vibrations: Making Unorthodox Musical Instruments - David Sawyer

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Acquired from Ray Walker, February 15, 2018.

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Publications in the fonds have been arranged by the archivist in alphabetical order according to title, as original order had been lost during transfer.

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  • English
  • French
  • German

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All publications within the fonds are subject to copyright on an individually determined basis.

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Created by Sophie Roberge, February 21, 2018.

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