Central Maine Power Music Company (CMPMC) was Robert Rutman’s first band during the 1970s, prior to the foundation of his famous Steel Cello Ensemble in 1975. Between 1967 and 1972, Rutman was the director of a multimedia gallery in Maine and got in touch with contemporary artists including pioneering video film maker Bill Etra, with which the CMPMC will later collaborate. Gathering musicians and non-musicians from West Athens, California and Solon, Maine, the CMPMC toured extensively between its inception in 1971 and 1974, playing in auditoriums and planetariums on the East and West coasts. In addition to Rutman, the CMPMC included Connie Demby, Hugh Robbins, Richie Slamm, Sally Hilmer, Danny Snerika and Dorothy Carter, playing Rutman’s impressive steel cellos (steel sheets played with a bow) plus assorted found percussion, modified synthesizer, flute, saxophone, electric organ, tambura, koto and yang chin. See the full color poster in PDF on Steina and Woody Vasulka’s amazing archive page. As far as I know, no audio recording of the CMPMC is available on disc or online, yet a live video footage probably exists somewhere.