[Msa-discuss] Book announcements - radio art and music/words in the first half of the twentieth century

mafish99 at sbcglobal.net mafish99 at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jun 4 15:16:24 EDT 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Below are two recent releases from Second Evening Art Publishing 
(Emeryville CA)
Best wishes,
Margaret Fisher

1. A source book on media arts, art and literature: a recent publication 
about the Futurist art of "radia"

RADIA: A Gloss of the 1933 Futurist Radio Manifesto
by Pino Masnata
Translations, Introduction, Tables by Margaret Fisher

In 1933 F. T. Marinetti and Pino Masnata described a new radio art in 
/Manifesto futurista della radio/, published in the /Gazzetta del 
Popolo/ of Torino. In 1935 Masnata, worried that the manifesto's 
abstruse references to wave motion and the behavior of sub-atomic 
particles might be overlooked, wrote a 51-page gloss that begins, "The 
Futurist Radio Manifesto needs some explanation because it contains a 
synthesis of numerous modern scientific and artistic tenets. Only 
someone who stays informed of the current trends in human ideas can 
understand the full significance of our Manifesto and dispense with the 

This previously unpublished manuscript is a valuable reference and 
source book for media studies, art and literature. Annotated by the 
translator, Masnata's gloss is placed within the context of politics and 
science in Italy in the 1920s and 30s. The volume includes translations 
of Masnata's radio sintesi, /Radio Corriere/'s transcription of 
Marinetti's eyewitness radio report of Italo Balbo's homecoming with the 
Atlantici in 1933, as well as brief history of early Italian radio, and 
tables listing hundreds of Futurist radio programs and broadcast-related 
documents by and about the Futurists---photographs, reviews, articles, 
photographs, cartoons, and advertisements.

Second Evening Art Publishing (2012), 208 pp., paperback, ISBN 
9781613646373, now available as a pre-publication release at 

2. A source book on music, media arts and literature, a recent facsimile 
edition of Ezra Pound's opera Le Testament, edited by George Antheil and 
adapted as a radio feature for the BBC in 1931:

Le Testament, 1923 Facsimile Edition with audio CD
opera by Ezra Pound
libretto by Francois Villon
edited and annotated by Margaret Fisher and Robert Hughes

This limited edition of 100 books of the previously unpublished 
holograph score in the hand of Pound's music editor George Antheil 
includes a re-release of the historic Fantasy LP of the 1971 performance 
conducted by Robert Hughes in a new digitally re-mastered audio CD. 
There are 110 color plates, an overview of Pound's music by Stephen J. 
Adams of University of Western Ontario, and essays by Margaret Fisher 
and Robert Hughes on the relationship of music to Pound's poetry. Cover 
art contains the designs for the 1971 San Francisco Opera production by 

Margaret Fisher and Robert Hughes, better known for their experimental 
music and dance performance in the S.F. Bay Area, edited a 5-volume 
series of the complete music of Ezra Pound. Ezra Pound published Ernest 
Fenollosa's notes on the Noh Theater. This series of engraved and 
facsimile music scores, libretti, and essays is the first study to 
include Pound's music scores in a discussion of Pound's ideas about the 
interrelation of music and poetry. More information at 

Second Evening Art Publishing (2011), 270 pp., paperback, ISBN 
9780972885980, at alibris.com 

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