The records relate to the preparation for the musical chess game of the SightSoundSystems Festival of Art and Technology, presented by the Isaacs Gallery Mixed Media Concerts and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
The musical chess game, whereby the chessboard was wired to produce musical sounds with every move, was played between French artist Marcel Duchamps and John Cage. It was one of the highlights of the festival. Five major events took place throughout the week of March 5 - 10, 1968, including "Reunion" (the chess game), "E.A.T.", "Public Supply", "T.E.A.", and "Supersystems".
The artistic director was Udo Kassemets of the Isaacs Gallery Mixed Media Concerts. Don Gillies was the business manager and Karen (Naylor) Mulhallen of the English Department was the producer for Supersystems and who also worked with Darryl Williams on the film environment.