Benjamin Piekut, Music
Arts & Sciences
The Lindsay Cooper Digital Archive includes the musical scores, sketches, and manuscripts of Lindsay Cooper’s work, spanning over 30 years of her career. Although much of her work has been issued (and reissued) on recordings, the scores and manuscripts have never been available to researchers. Currently in a storage locker in North London, the physical materials will have to stay in the UK, where she is well known; if they end up at the University of the Arts London (as they most likely will), it will be many, many years before they are available to scholars. Therefore, a partnership between Cornell and the University of the Arts London will make these scores and archival recordings available much earlier than they would be otherwise. In addition, pending permission from her estate, we would be able to make her manuscripts and print matter available to anybody on the web. Archival resources for this kind of avant-garde are rare, indeed, so this digital collection would be quite important, especially because there is a real paucity of women’s stories in the history of experimental and improvised music.