Highlighting the Library's Art and Audio Collection
For the past 34 years, I have been an avid record collector of all genres. In addition, to building my personal collection, I have studied and taught Music History. When I arrived at Otis, I was amazed to find an insane collection of art records. With some inquiry, I was informed that the library had amassed a record collection with the likes of Henry Moore, John Giorno, Joseph Beuys, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, and Otis's faculty members Carol Caroompas and Joyce Lightbody.
Such recordings illustrate conceptual ideas; are forms of self-expression or self-reflection; document ideas; or evidence performance. These sound bearing pieces of plastic have honestly and directly chronicled the history of art through freedom of authorship.
It has been a privilege to select and digitize some of these significant and obscure recordings onto cd for your listening pleasure. Check any one of them out from the library for an in-depth experience. They could compliment your practice as an artist or act as a resource on any number of projects in various media.
I trust that you will enjoy listening to these recordings. At times I may question my life-long commitment to record collecting but when cataloguing Otis's record library, I was reminded that music, music history, poetry, and performance art have had a significant and powerful influence throughout my personal and professional life.
Audio podcast about the collection with excerpts from several records in the Otis collection is available through Otis on iTunes U.
--Richard M. Shelton
Liberal Arts and Sciences