Keeping On Top Of The Top Song

Ian Murray

1973, 17:00 minutes, B&W, English


A drummer has been contracted through the local musicians’ union to play along with an audio recording which he has not previously heard. He has been told only that the music goes through a number of changes and that he should play continuously – always searching for a point of reference, an underlying beat – allowing him to play along without changing his rhythm.

The audio recording the drummer will be performing along with is THE TOP SONG by Ian Murray, 1970.

Ian Murray, 1970
Keeping On Top Of The Top Song was originally mounted as a performance in 1970 and many times since, each time with a different drummer.. This videotape is from a live performance for radio and tv in 1972 and features Tim Cahoon as performer.

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Critical Writing

re-play: Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton
by Natalie De Vito. C Magazine, Winter 2004, no. 80.
by Renee Baert. Vintage Video: Early Canadian Video Art to 1974, 1986. Toronto: Artculture Resource Centre, 1986.
by Marty Dunn et al. Toronto Ontario: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), 1974.