as a movie screenplay, this work entails a series of simultaneous events
– described from a variety of vantage points. Its four main characters:
a Texas sailor, a Mexican prostitute, a Mexican-born pachuco (gangster)
and his girl friend, an enigmatic "witch." Moving in violent motion through
the modern-day American West, they are as much atmospheric conditions hurtling
through space as they are human beings of flesh and bone. Told in a sonic
environment of raw musics and sound effects, Reunion is a desperate
journey across the borderlands of the American psyche, the dreams of surviving
it and passing through the wilderness to the promised land... that hopeless
rapture. Narrated by Jo Harvey Allen with Maria Zuniga; music by Terry Allen
and performance by Allen with Lloyd Maines on guitars. Commissioned by NEW
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TERRY ALLEN (Sante FE, New Mexico) has pursued a wide variety of artistic interests,
including musical and theatrical performance, sculpture, painting, drawing,
video, installation, and radio works. From 1983-86 he worked almost exclusively
on a body of work called Youth In Asia – pieces on the collective
trauma we know as the war in Vietnam.
In addition to his numerous one-man and group
exhibitions, stage performances and music recordings, Allen has produced
four major works for radio: Torso
Hell (1987), created for Soundings, KPFK-FM,
Los Angeles (host: Jacki Apple); and three NEW AMERICAN RADIO commissions: Bleeder (1990), Reunion:
A Return To Juarez, and DugOut(1993). Other Radio Works and Recordings
The fictionalized history of a man born in the late
1800s who runs away from home to play baseball, and a woman born in the
early 1900s in a half-dugout (a small house partially built into the side
of a slope or hill), who grows up to be a piano player and a beautician.
Told by Terry Allen, Jo Harvey Allen, and Katie Koontz, with original music
A fictional audiobiography of an enigmatic Texas
gambler, religious fanatic, possible gangster, magician, and hemophiliac.
With a riveting voice performance by actress Jo Harvey Allen and original
music by Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band. Commissioned by NEW AMERICAN RADIO.
Torso Hell (1987)
Written as a movie screenplay, Torso Hell's
darkly surrealistic plot centers around the fate of four soldiers blown
to pieces in Vietnam and brought back to life by "some weird miracle". The
hero is literally a torso. A radio horror movie, Torso Hell is also
a commentary on Hollywood Vietnam films. With vocal performance by Terry
Allen and Jacki Apple and original music by Allen. Created for "Soundings,"
KPFK-FM, Los Angeles (host: Jacki Apple) and "High Performance."