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Angus MacLise – Recordings

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SECTION C:
This index includes only vinyl recordings; entries within years are approximate


1. Spontaneous Sound / The Joyous Lake – Dreamweapon
Label: Roaring Fork Press
Catalog Number: 9
Format: Flexi-disc, 33 1/3 RPM, 8″
Released: 1970

Notes: Angus MacLise plays drums on the b-side track titled The Joyous Lake, recorded live at St. Mark’s Church-In-The-Bowery in New York City. The flexi-disc was included in Aspen Magazine, No. 9, edited by Hetty and Angus MacLise. The Joyous Lake is an excerpt from Invasion Of The Thunderbolt Pagoda film soundtrack.

2. Angus MacLise – Trance
Label: Fierce Recordings
Catalog Number: Fright 010
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
Released: 1987

Notes: Comes in plastic bag with 7″, piece of Angus chocolate, pack of Kathmandu papers, Angus incense cone, “Far Out” badge, and Angus mail order list.

3. Angus MacLise – Angus MacLise
Label: Counter Culture Chronicles
Catalog Number: Counter Culture Chronicles 1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Unofficial Release
Released: 1997

Notes: Limited to 300 numbered copies. The cover image, “Shadow of the Poet”, is adapted from the Angus MacLise book The Subliminal Report, Starstreams Poetry Series Number 4, published by Bardo Matrix in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1975.

4. Angus MacLise – Astral Collapse
Label: Quakebasket / Locust Music
Catalog Number: Qb-16 / locust17
Format: Vinyl, LP, Gatefold
Released: 2003

Notes: Composed by Angus MacLise; recorded in New York City.

5. Angus MacLise / Tony Conrad / Jack Smith – Dreamweapon I
Label: Boo-Hooray
Catalog Number: SMRGS-1
Format: Vinyl, LP
Released: 2011

Notes: Live recordings of Angus MacLise, Tony Conrad, and Jack Smith from the MacLise tape archive. In a silkscreened sleeve.

First issue released in an edition of 500 copies, to accompany the Dreamweapon – The Art and Life of Angus MacLise 1938-1979 exhibition, May 2011.

Second issue of 500 copies released to commemorate the opening of the Angus MacLise – Dreamweapon exhibit at CIAP-Hasselt, Belgium.
Sleeve is a silk-screened print with red and blue colours. The second pressing includes a risograph-printed 8 page booklet of the text to “Les Evening Gowns Damnées” illustrated with a reproduction of one side of an original Theatre of Jack Smith promotional brochure.

6. Angus MacLise & Hetty MacLise – Dreamweapon II
Label: Boo-Hooray
Catalog Number: SMRGS-3
Format: Vinyl, LP
Released: Oct 2011

Notes: Released in a screen-printed sleeve, limited to 500 unnumbered copies. Includes a risograph-printed facsimile of Year, a broadside by Angus MacLise originally issued by The Dead Language in 1965.

7. Angus MacLise / Tony Conrad – Dreamweapon III
Label: Boo-Hooray
Catalog Number: SMRGS-2
Format: Vinyl, LP
Released: Nov 2011

Notes: “Dreamweapon III” is a an archival release of recordings made by Angus MacLise with Tony Conrad.

Two issues (blue and purple ink) each released in an edition of 500, to accompany the Dreamweapon – The Art and Life of Angus MacLise 1938-1979 exhibition, May 2011.

8. Angus MacLise – New York Electronic, 1965
Label: Sub Rosa
Catalog Number: SRV355
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 2014

Notes: Recorded and performed in 1965.

Angus Maclise

Angus MacLise was a musician, poet, artist, and counterculture figure who was a mainstay of the downtown New York arts scene in the 1960s.


Angus MacLise Checklist:

Section A: Books and Broadsides
Section B: Contributions to Periodicals
Section C: Recordings
Section D: Publications Edited and Published


· The Dead Language [see also Piero Heliczer]
· Bardo Matrix


Angus MacLise was born in Bridgeport Connecticut in 1938. He studied music and dance before moving to Paris in the late 1950s. In Paris he and his high school friend, avant-garde filmmaker Piero Heliczer, started the Dead Language Press in 1958. The press specialized in poetry and published early works by poets such as Gregory Corso, Olivia de Haulleville, Hendrik Jan Marsman, Anselm Hollo, and others. MacLise also published several of his own poems and manuscripts through the press, including the pamphlet Year that renames all of the days of the year—a convention that MacLise and many of his friends used in dating correspondence or artworks.

MacLise and Heliczer moved back to the United States in the early 1960s, settling in New York and bringing the press with them. In New York, MacLise continued his publishing efforts, while also pursuing music and becoming involved in avant-garde theatrics and performance art pieces. He was a member of the Theater of Eternal Music, started and organized by composer and musician LaMonte Young. He was a regular participant in Fluxus events in New York City and appeared in many experimental films being made by his friends in the downtown arts scene at the time, notably Piero Heliczer and Ira Cohen.

MacLise was a founding member of the Velvet Underground—he was introduced to the band through his roommate John Cale and became the band’s first drummer. Though he helped to found the band, and may have even given it its name, his time with the Velvet Underground was short due to MacLise’s disinterest in creating art for profit or on a schedule dictated by anything other than his own inspiration. He does not appear on any of the band’s recordings.

In 1967 MacLise moved briefly to Berkeley, where he joined the Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company, a street performance troupe that included the painter and illustrator Hetty McGee. McGee and MacLise were married in Golden Gate Park in a ceremony officiated by Timothy Leary. The two would later have a son, Ossian, who began living in a Tibetan monastery at the age of 4 and was recognized at 7 as a tulku—a reincarnation of a lama.

The couple moved back to New York where MacLise again collaborated with Ira Cohen, scoring and appearing in Cohen’s film The Invasion of the Thunderbolt Pagoda.

In 1970 Angus and Hetty began a tour of Asia that ended with their settling in Kathmandu, Nepal. In Nepal, MacLise helped operate the Spirit Catcher Bookshop in Kathmandu which became a gathering place for the growing community of artist and poet expatriates living and working in the area. He founded a literary and poetry journal, Ting Pa, and in 1974 he and Ira Cohen started the Bardo Matrix publishing venture. They published work by MacLise, Paul Bowles, Charles Henri Ford among others.

During this time he was particularly interested in calligraphic art and works on paper. Much of his own work from his time in Nepal includes calligraphic illustrations in a made-up script. He was working on establishing a handmade paper company, Himalayan Paper, Inc. at the time of his death.

MacLise died in 1979 in Kathmandu, Nepal at the age of 41.


References Consulted:

Dreamweapon: The Art and Life of Angus MacLise 1938-1979
New York: Boo-Hooray, 2011


Online Resources:

Blastitude – Angus MacLise: Master of Synthesis

Columbia University Libraries – Angus MacLise papers