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The Other Minds Archive features recordings of OM's past music festivals and concert productions, selected recordings of new music sent to us by composers from around the world, and selections from thousands of hours of audiotape recordings from the KPFA Radio Music Department collection, transferred to Other Minds in 2000. The KFPA tapes contain live conversations, interviews, and performances with many of the innovative musicians who created 20th Century new music. KPFA-FM is a part of the Pa...



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Charles Amirkhanian introduces the Country and Western art satire works of painter/composer Terry Allen. Selections from his Fate releases "Smokin' The Dummy" and "Lubbock (on Everything)" will be heard. Allen had recently worked with the Panhandle Mystery Band, an ensemble of long time C&W veterans who seem tolerant and supportive of the younger composer's wacky and surreal lyrical bent. All the favorites including "Truckload of Art" will be heard on this...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Terry Allen
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Professor Jess B. Bessinger, Jr. reads the general prologue and the concluding retraction of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales.” One of the foremost experts on early English poetry, Bessinger offers a masterful recitation of this seminal work of literature, all in the original Middle English. The lyrical quality of Chaucer’s masterpiece is best appreciated when read aloud by someone fluent in the archaic form of English in which it was written. While most students have read at...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Literature, Spoken Word
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From a program recorded on December 7, 1989, Henry Kaiser interviews fellow avant-garde jazz guitarist Derek Bailey. Bailey is an English guitarist who started out as a rather conventional commercial session player, but in the early 1960s he met Gavin Bryars and other experimental avant-garde musicians and soon forged his own unique style of guitar playing. His distinctive playing typically features unusual notes and timbres, often in unique juxtaposition to each other, as well as different...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Music, Improvisation, Jazz, Guitar music
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On February 12, 1988, KPFA dedicated an entire day to take a closer look at the music and career of Brian Eno, one of the most influential composer, performer, producer, and visual artist of our times. Eno joins Charles Amirkhanian in the studios of KPFA to assist in hosting a day of his music. In a number of far ranging interviews, some previously recorded and some live in the studio, Eno discusses his English adolescence and early musical influences, as well as sharing stories about his work...
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Topics: Interview, Music, Popular Music, New Music, Rock Music, Ambient Music, Electronic Music, Video Art
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Other Minds, a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in San Francisco, is a global New Music community where composers, students, and listeners discover and learn about innovative music by composers from all over the world. Other Minds Records, a project of Other Minds, produces a select catalog of contemporary music exploring areas seldom touched upon by mainstream institutions. You can explore their collection of available works here on archive.org, and visit their online store...
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A live performance of four early works by Steve Reich: "Four Organs", "My Name Is", "Piano Phase", and "Phase Patterns." This performance marked an important moment in San Francisco Bay Area new music history with the triumphant return to the East Bay by Reich, who studied at Mills College with Luciano Berio, and who performed the 1964 world premiere of Terry Riley's seminal work, “In C", at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. The resonant...
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Topics: Music, KPFA-FM, Minimalism, New Music, Steve Reich, University Museum, UC Berkeley
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Field recordings from the San Diego Zoo, recorded on Nov. 14, 1968 by Pauline Oliveros. Many various animals and bird calls are heard in this recording of ambient sounds that is refreshingly free of crowd noise.
Topics: KPFA-FM, World Ear Project, Other Finds, Soundscapes
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Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss Phonetic Poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio on Saturday February 2, 1980. Listen to some of Brian Enos pieces; After the Heat, Everything Merges With the Night, Another Green World, Spirits Drifting and sections of other pieces. Brian Eno also discusses the artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a producer, Process vs Product and looping. Reel I ends with some thoughts...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, New Music, Popular Music, Brian Eno
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Russ Jennings is joined by theatrical director R. G. Davis in a program dedicated to the various composers that worked with Bertolt Brecht. Davis describes the evolution of Brecht’s political philosophy and how that was reflected in the composers he chose to work with. Particular attention is paid to the period of 1927 to 1933 which saw Brecht’s most successful collaborations with Kurt Weill give way to the more Marxist influenced agitprop theater he created with Hanns Eisler. Davis also...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Opera, Music Theatre, Bertolt Brecht
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
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Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interviews
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Gordon Spencer of WBAI in New York presents a program about Louis Hardin, more popularly known as Moondog. From the 1940s up until 1974 Moondog made his living as a street musician and poet in New York City and was typically found near the jazz clubs on 52nd Street. Blind since an accident when he was 16 years old, Moondog was always recognizable in his Viking helmet playing a variety of instruments, some of his own design. In this program Moondog talks about his interests, his influences and...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, Jazz, Avant-Garde, Louis Hardin, Moondog
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Frank Zappa in anticipation of his appearance on Speaking of Music at the Exploratorium. Zappa discusses his digital re-mastering of his album "Lumpy Gravy" and other early works. The musical selections played during this program are not included in this recording.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Popular Music, Avant-Garde, Frank Zappa
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Computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel discusses her compositional tools and processes with host Jude Quintieré (WBAI). Having recently completed a number of works using the GROOVE system at Bell Labs, Spiegel describes the flexibility of her programs, and her approach to sequencing and real-time manipulation of synthesized sounds. The composer further elaborates on the evolution of her personal interests, especially in regard to her use of specific pitch and rhythmic materials drawn from her...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Laurie Spiegel
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Amirkhanian introduces a program of poetry from the Dial-A-Poem exhibits organized by John Giorno at the Museum of Modern Art and other spaces. These poems were originally available to the general public via a special telephone number from the The Architectural League of New York. However due to some of the adult content contained in certain pieces the project was threatened with lawsuit’s from concerned, conservative parents and the telephone number was eventually disconnected. John Giorno...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Poetry, Spoken Word
John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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On March 31, 1976, on the last day of a KPFA fundraising marathon, Bettina Jonič was interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian, about her album “The Bitter Mirror,” which is a recording of her one-woman revue show featuring songs by Bob Dylan and Bertolt Brecht. Trained as a ballet dancer and opera singer, Ms. Jonič is also an actress and renowned interpreter of the Brechtian songbook, and has, in addition, collaborated extensively with dramatists Peter Brook and Samuel Beckett, among others. In...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Music, Music Theatre, Bettina Jonič
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One in a series of programs produced by Clark Coolidge that feature the works of late 20th century poets, sound poets, and authors. In this recording, made in San Francisco in August 1969, Tom Veitch reads from his experimental novel “The Luis Armed Story”. Veitch, who is perhaps best known today as an author of graphic novels, including a couple based on George Lukas’ “Star Wars” series of movies, was during the 1960s and early 1970s a major player in the underground comics scene, as...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Words series, Spoken Word, Experimental, Literature
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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A selection of South Indian flute music by Tanjore Viswanathan. The master flute musician performs a number of ragas accompanied by five other musicians playing the violin and assorted traditional Indian instruments.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music, Tanjore Viswanathan
John Cage reads: "On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist and His Work", published in his book Silence, and "26 Statements Re Duchamp", and "Jasper Johns: Stories and Ideas", both published in his book A Year From Monday. The lecture begins with an amusing and informative autobiographical introduction to his interest in art and artists, how he became a composer, and how he wrote each of these pieces. This lecture is of great historical value. Recorded at the L.A. County...
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Topics: Avantgarde, Spoken Word, 20th Century Classical
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A program prepared by KPFK music director, William Malloch, on the orchestral music of Silvestre Revueltas, the colorful Mexican composer. Malloch illustrates the composers tendency to orchestrate Mexican folk music and compares two performances of Sensemayá in which the tempos of the piece varies dramatically. Also included is the broadcast of a rare recording of a lengthy suite compiled by the conductor Jose Limantour, from Revueltas music to the film La Noche de los Mayas. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, KPFK, Interview and Music, Orchestral Music, 20th Century Classical, Silvestre Revueltas
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01 - Terry Riley: Be Kind to One Another (Rag) (2008/2010) 02 - Meredith Monk: Steppe Music (excerpts) (1997) Frederic Rzewski: Peace Dances (2007/2008) 03 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - I 04 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - II 05 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - III 06 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - IV 07 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - V 08 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - VI 09 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - VII 10...
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A documentary on B. B. King, the great blues singer and guitarist. It includes examples of his music as well as excerpts from an interview with Dan McClosky and Bill Newell, in which he discusses his early career, musical influences, and interest in jazz guitar. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Blues, Documentary, Popular Music
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From a concert recording made in 1963 and not commercially available, Terry Riley performs his “Two Piano Pieces.” Well known for his seminal minimal, or repetitive music, compositions including “In C,” as well as for his association with the master Indian singer Pandit Pran Nath, Terry Riley is also a virtuosic keyboard player, who supported his composting activities by performing at local piano bars. All these qualities are evident in this short, delightful, and rare recording.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Terry Riley
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This review deals with a performance on Dec. 8, 1969, at Mills College, of Robert Ashley’s opera “That Morning Thing”. Charles Shere speaks out against the mainstream media’s reception of the opera as well as the rude reaction of some of the audience.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Opera, Robert Ashley
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One in a series of programs produced by Clark Coolidge that feature the works of late 20th century poets, sound poets, and authors. This recording, broadcast on October 13, 1969, features a two tape works by Alvin Curran. The first piece, “A Day in the Country: Part 1” is a compilation of ambient recordings made in Italy that range from the sound of children playing to those of a walk along a shoreline. These sounds have then been spliced together so as to form a continuos soundscape...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Words series, Spoken Word, Ambient Sounds, Soundscapes, Electronic Music
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On February 10, 1986, as part of it’s fund raising marathon, KPFA dedicated an entire day of programming to the music of Frank Zappa, including this four hour long segment, during which Zappa joined Charles Amirkhanian, live in the studio to talk about his work and his fight against censorship, as well as to take part in an hour long panel discussion on gang violence and its relationship to rock music and Satanism. Although much of the time is taken up with pleas for money, Zappa manages to...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Frank Zappa
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A live recording of the complete experimental opera, “That Morning Thing” by Robert Ashley, possibly from the Dec. 8, 1969 performance at Mills College. Composed in 1967 this was Ashley’s second foray into the realm of avant-garde musical theater, and is a work for five principal voices, eight dancers, women's chorus and tape. The mainstream media’s reaction, as well as that of some in the audience, was notably mixed, however rather than being a commentary on the ultimate quality of the...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Opera, Music Theatre, Robert Ashley
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At Stanford University on October 30, 1973, Inti-Illimani, a Chilean folk music group, performed in concert, just months after the military coup in Chile had led to the their exile as well as the death of their fellow folk singer and frequent collaborator, Victor Jara. Saved from a similar fate by the fact that they were on tour in Europe at the time of Pinochet’s violent take over, the group took this opportunity to offer a poignant tribute to Jara and other victims of the fascist regime....
Topics: World music, Interview and Music, Andes Region Folk songs, KPFA-FM
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Robert Ashley joins Charles Amirkhanian, Richard Friedman, and William Maraldo for a discussion about his modern opera, “That Morning Thing”, which was scheduled to be debuted just two days after this recording was made on December 6, 1969. The program begins with a rather detailed description of the opera or work of musical theater, which had no singing, per se, but instead was scored for multiple speakers, many of them prerecorded, and several dancers. The inspiration of the piece,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Opera, Music theatre
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces recordings of unusual 20th Century music released by the Ocean Records label. The brainchild of composer Allen Strange and friend David Porter, Ocean distributed cassettes of sound poetry, electronic music, Indonesian music, and other salty material, once a month to subscribers. In this program, Amirkhanian highlights Ocean’s Composers’ Cassettes recordings of music by Lou Harrison and Richard Dee (”Suite for Violin with American Gamelan”) and sound poetry...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, New Music, Sound Poetry
From a recording made on June 13, 1981 in San Francisco, as part of the New Music America Festival, Laurie Anderson performs selections from her epic work “United States”. Laurie Anderson was born in 1947 in Chicago and received her MFA in sculpture from Columbia University. As a performance and recording artist, she has worked with film-sound-talking pieces for many years, performing at the La Jolla Museum, the Berlin Festival, and various other places in the U. S. and Europe. In this...
Topics: KPFA-FM, New Music America series, Music, New Music, Performance Art, Laurie Anderson
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Bernard Timberg analyzes the songs of Bob Dylan looking for Jewish themes and imagery. He identifies messianic longings in Quinn the Eskimo, references to Jewish burial practices in Masters of War, and finds significance in the fact that the initials of John Wesley Harding can be interpreted as the name of the Jewish God, YHWH. Issues such as social justice and a sense of out-sideness imbue the songs of Dylan as they do the history of the Jewish people. Timberg also interviews a number of...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Documentary, Folk Music, Bob Dylan
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This program features a number of pieces by La Monte Young with such cryptic titles as “23 VIII 64 2:50:45-3:11AM, the volga delta” some of which can be played at various speeds, as demonstrated in this recording. Described as some of the most difficult music played on KPFA, Young’s music combines effectively the spirituality of the East with Western intellectual and technical interests. These performances are by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Avant-Garde, La Monte Young
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A selected number of excerpts from all Other Minds CD releases to date (1999-2013) Catalogue Nos. OM1001-1022. For more information about Other Minds, visit: otherminds.org
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Robin Baxter interviews a slightly combative Frank Zappa in his hotel room about his classical musical influences and his orchestral and choral music, as featured on his upcoming album and film, "200 Motels". Other topics include his upcoming concert, the recent shakeups in the Mothers of Invention,and what the public may or may not want to know about what goes on inside Frank's head.
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A program of traditional Chinese classical music, introduced by Charles Amirkhanian. It was recorded as a live concert given on December 1, 1972 at 1750 Arch St. in Berkeley California, and is one of the earliest live broadcasts from 1750 Arch, in what was to be a long running series on KPFA. The Ensemble is led by Betty and Shirley Wong, and is composed of San Francisco Bay Area performers. After the music Charles talks with Betty and Shirley Wong, and Winston Wu about the ensemble and the...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Flowing Stream Ensemble, Interview, Music, World Music
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The original cast recording of Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle will Rock, with Blitzstein on piano. From the 78s.
Topics: Music, Opera, Marc Blitzstein
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Alan Hovhaness for the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, recorded on October 3, 1989. The Armenian-American composer discusses the roots of his musical expression and demonstrates various techniques on the piano. His music is performed by New York pianist Şahan Arzruni, who brings unexcelled vigor to Hovhaness’ early keyboard works and who himself poses some pertinent questions and introduces his evaluation and analysis....
Topics: KPFA-FM, Speaking of Music series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Alan Hovhaness
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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Charles Amirkhanian gives a brief background into the life and music of Nikolai Miaskovsky (1881-1950), who composed during both Tsarist and Stalinist Russia. A recording of the composer's Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81 was aired (Finedar Records). What follows may be some of the most hilarious, but informative, moments in musicology ever broadcast. After Amirkhanian reads the section in the recently published Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (6th Edition) written by Nicolas...
Topics: Documentary, 20th Century Classical
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Track Listing: Kui Dong / Shui Diao Ge Tou and Song Kui Dong / Miniature V Kui Dong / Miniature VI Kui Dong / Miniature VII Kui Dong / Let Frogs and Crickets Carry It On Kui Dong / Spring (Re-Mastered) Kui Dong / Summer Kui Dong / Autumn Kui Dong / Winter This album can be purchased from the Other Minds webstore . You can explore the Other Minds site at www.otherminds.org for more music, events, and updates.
Topic: Other Classical
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Alexander Dea plays a selection of recordings of La Monte Young's early minimalist drone pieces and discusses the composer’s life and works. La Monte Young (born Bern, Idaho, 1935) has pioneered the concept of extended time durations in contemporary music for over 35 years. In addition, his work has played a central role in the development of the use of just intonation in 20th century music, and the growth of the minimalist style. In these recording Young is joined by his long time...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Minimalism, Electro-Acoustic, La Monte Young
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The first in a series of programs produced by Peter Yates, highlighting the works of Harry Partch. This program begins with an excerpt from one of Partch's pieces followed by a 1960 interview of Partch by Peter Yates in which he discusses his career.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Microtonal Music, Unconventional Instruments, Harry Partch
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Fred Frith joins Charles Amirkhanian for a brief discussion on Hans Reichel, a musician/friend/collaborator, and "a master craftsman" of guitars. (Frith and Reichel performed together later that week). Frith also comments on the noise/free music/improv scene, and his compositional work at the time. Program portion ends with selection of Frith's "Technology of Tears", a piece written for dance.
Topics: Fred Frith, Interview, Free Improvisation, Unconventional Instruments, KPFA-FM, Hans Reichel
La Monte Young is an American composer living in New York, where he is associated with the group of composers who have derived a good deal of their impetus from the music and personality of John Cage. He was a student at the University of California, where much of his early music was performed in the late 1950s. Since that time he has gone on to fame as a progenitor of the minimalist music movement. His hypnotic electronic and electric keyboard works, ranging from drones to blues and from equal...
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Carolyn Strauss introduces a program of flute music of Northern India. She relates how in the late 1960s, after a largely fruitless search for musicians that play a certain type of long low flute (bansuri) she was finally introduced to G. S. Sachdev. Despite his obvious proficiency Sachdev was at the time largely unknown in India and was being pressured to forgo his musical studies in order to take on his father’s rock crushing business. Strauss managed to record a private concert, held in...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, world music, Indian music, flute music, ragas
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In an interview recorded on May 20, 1984, before a live audience as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium's Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian speaks with Frank Zappa about his forays into, and subsequent retreat from, the world of so called “serious” music. Zappa begins his remarks with the proclamation that Art in America is dead. He then lays the blame for its moribund state on schools that have ceased to educate, a mass media that only entertains but never explores, and the...
Topics: Music, Popular music, Speaking of Music Series, Avant-garde, Interviews
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews the great jazz pianist, Keith Jarrett, before a live audience on January 23, 1986, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. Keith Jarrett had recently suffered from a self-described “breakdown” and was reevaluating many thing in his life in May of 1985 when he began making a series of overdubbed improvised music pieces which were especially satisfying to him, as they are for most everybody else who hears them. (These recordings...
Topics: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium, Interview and Music, Jazz, Keith Jarrett
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Composer and music critic Virgil Thomson offers a traditional academic analysis of Erik Satie’s “Socrate,” placing the work in the context of its time and place. He compares the music of the school of Paris during the early 20th century with that of Vienna and elsewhere in Europe, paying particular attention to the role of irony and humor in both picture music and neoclassical traditions. He then provides piano accompaniment for Mariquita Moll, soprano and Larry Jarvis, tenor, in a...
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This edition of The Morning Concert features Parisian composer Eliane Radigue. Host Charles Amirkhanian explores Radigue’s background as a student of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, her compositional technique involving synthesizers and tape recorders, and her life as a composer and Tibetan Buddhist. Radigue discusses the compositional and performing processes involved in her "combinatory" music, and explains how she has adapted to the lack of acceptance of her music in Paris....
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A live recording of a performance of Anthony Davis’ opera “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X”. Based on the life story of Malcolm X, this exceptional modern opera successfully blends the traditional opera forms with examples of African-American musical styles such as jazz and hip-hop, and is sure to please contemporary audiences. The opera’s libretto is by Thulani Davis and is based on a story by Christopher Davis. Rhoda Levine was the stage director for the opera. The exact date,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Opera, Anthony Davis
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Phil Elwood presents the complete recordings of two concerts organized by John Hammond and given on the Christmas Eves of 1938 and 1939 at Carnegie Hall; featuring the best Swing, Blues, and Gospel musicians of the day. Performers include Charlie Christian, Lester Young, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Bill Broozy, and many others
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Jazz, Jazz Archives, Phil Elwood
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In an interview, recorded on June 22, 1979, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the Mexican composer Arturo Salinas. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Salinas studied composition with Robert Cogan at the New England Conservatory, ethnomusicology with Charles Boilès in Montreal, electro-acoustic music and microtonality with Jean-Etienne Marie in Paris, and orchestral conducting with Igor Markevitch. Included in this program is a complete performance of his “Memoire Imarcescible”, an electro-acoustic...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, Music, Microtonal Music
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the director of Opus One Records, composer Max Schubel, who was visiting the Bay Area while working on music for a film. Opus One specializes in unusual avant-garde music that is easily found in record stores since all the albums are printed in Fluorescent colors. Schubel talks about his upcoming issues and plays new test pressing of some of them.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Opus One...
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Originally released as an insert into the seminal avant-garde “Source” magazine, this is a recording of members of Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), performing Allan Bryant’s “Pitch Out” for three guitars and electronics. Musica Elettronica Viva was the premiere experimental electronic music ensembles performing live music during the 1960s and 70s. Bryant, a founding member of MEV, is an American composer noted for his reexamination of the electric guitar as a source of electronic sounds...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-acoustic, Electronic, Aleatory music, Guitar music
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Three recordings of orchestral works by Joseph Frederick Wagner, performed by a variety of orchestras, including his “Concertino,” for harp and orchestra, with Susann McDonald on harp and Mehli Mehta conducting the American Youth Symphony in a live performance recorded on Oct. 22, 1972. Born in 1900, Joseph Frederick Wagner was a composer, conductor, author, and founder of the Boston Civic Symphony in 1924. He is perhaps best known for his choral piece “Ballad of the Brotherhood,” but...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Symphonies, 20th Century Classical
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Donald Buchla's newest synthesizer, the 700, is introduced to the San Francisco community at a gathering held at the Sake Factory. Charles Amirkhanian interviews the inventor as well as numerous local composers about their experiences with Buchla's creations while we hear in the background people trying out the newest version.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Other Finds, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Buchla
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A short, humorous poem, listing the unattractive qualities and poor personal hygiene of Wilfred Funk. Written by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and read by the poet this work pokes fun at Wilfred Funk, the famed lexicographer, and columnist for the conservative “Reader’s Digest.” Although the portrait it paints is quite uncomplimentary and is ridden with vulgarities, the seemingly vitriolic nature of the tirade is leavened by an inherent sense of amusement and the over the top nature of the...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Poetry, Spoken Word
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Charles Amirkhanian interview the French, avant-garde, composer, and conductor, Pierre Boulez, following the world premiere performance of his revised (3rd version), “explosante-fixe,” at the Donaueschingen Music Festival on October 21, 1973. In this relatively brief interview Boulez offers his perspective on American composers such as Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, Steve Reich, and John Cage, all of whom he had at least heard of and generally respects, although he admits that his own approach...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Music, Avant-Garde, 20th Century Classical
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Charles Amirkhanian reads an excerpt from Gertrude Steins “Portraits and Repetition” which was originally published as part of the author’s “Lectures in America.” In what is a fascinating explanation of the Stein style, presented in the Stein style, the famed avant-garde poet and author defends herself against the common criticism that her literary portraits of fellow artists are full of repetition, by insisting that as long as the emphasis is different then there is no repetition....
Topics: KPFA-FM, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Literature
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From a KPFA program recorded on January 25, 1975, Charles Amirkhanian interviews the British composer, pianist and Socialist, Cornelius Cardew. Charles is joined by Berkeley political composer and founding member of BAPMA (Bay Area Progressive Musicians Association) Eugene Turitz as he and Cardew compare notes on their respective approaches to mobilizing workers. Both Cardew and Turitz had abandoned their bourgeois experimentalist ambitions and were seeking to communicate to working class...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Cornelius Cardew, Music, Interview, Avant-Garde
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This is a tape realization of John Cage’s 1958 composition “Fontana Mix”. More of an indeterminate plan for a piece than a piece itself, “Fontana Mix” has a graphic score consisting of 10 sheets of paper with curved lines and 12 transparencies, 10 of which contain a varied number of randomly distributed dots, 1 with a straight line, and the last with a grid pattern. According to Cage’s instructions these sheets could be superimposed upon each other and then interpreted so as to...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, New Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, John Cage
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Charlotte Moorman and David Tudor play a number of pieces by LaMonte Young, Morton Feldman, Ornette Coleman, Earle Brown, Philip Corner, & John Cage. The Corner piece consists largely of detailed performance notes that are followed exactly, much to the amusement of the audience.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Jazz, Performance Art, Charlotte Moorman, David Tudor
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces the little known “Divertimento for Orchestra“, composed jointly by two Italian avant-garde composers, Bruno Maderna & Luciano Berio. Amirkhanian came upon this rare recording when rummaging through the archives of the West German Radio in Cologne, while on an exchange program with the Dutch radio station VPRO, in late 1973. The work is in three movements, the first, “Dark Rapture Crawl” by Maderna, and the second and third, “Scat Bag “ and...
Topics: KPFA-FM, VPRO, Music, 20th Century Classical
Dane Rudhyar, well known in New Music circles as a modern composer of often brief, and sometimes dissonant, works for piano, was also a philosopher and author of many books on Astrology. Less deterministic than traditional Astrology, Rudhyar’s system was more a blending of Jungian philosophy with elements of Astrology, Theosophy, and New Age thinking. In this lecture, recorded at the Newman Center in Berkeley California, on March 10, 1972, Rudhyar distinguishes between these two types of...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Dane Rudhyar, Astrology, Psychology, Self-actualization
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Four works of early electronic music by Dr. Justus Matthews, Professor of Music at California State University in Long Beach. These works were composed on the PDP 15/40 computer at the Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) in Stockholm in the summer of 1973. According to the composer the titles of the works “refer to the MUSIC 15 music composition programming language devised by Prof. Gary Nelson (Bowling Green State University)...The middle number designates the number of the composition in a...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electronic Music, Computer Music
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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On June 27, 1969, Richard Maxfield, 42, jumped out of a window of the Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles, ending his tragically short life during which he became known as one of the earliest and foremost electronic music composers. Maxfield studied at U. C. Berkeley, performed concerts widely, and taught at the New School in New York City and then at the San Francisco State University in the late 1960s. In this program, Charles Amirkhanian plays a selection from Maxfield’s vast output, including...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Richard Maxfield
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by Anthony Gnazzo; Aram Saroyan; Beth Anderson; Brion Gysin; Charles Amirkhanian; Charles Dodge; Clark Coolidge; John Cage; John Giorno; Liam O'Gallagher; Robert Ashley
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Track Listing: Charles Amirkhanian / Just (1972) Charles Amirkhanian / Heavy Aspirations (1973) Clark Coolidge / Preface (1968-excerpt) John Cage / 62 Mesotics Re Merce Cunningham (1971) John Giorno / Give It To Me, Baby (1967) Anthony Gnazzo / The Population Explosion (1969) Charles Dodge / Speech Songs (1973-excerpt: No.1. When I Am With You;) Charles Dodge / Speech Songs (1973-excerpt: No.2. He Destroyed Her Image) Robert Ashley / In Sara, Mencken, Christ And Beethoven There Were Men And...
Topics: Comedy, Compilation, Spoken & Other
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Charles Amirkhanian speaks with Stanley Shaff and Douglas McEachern about their creation, Audium, a Theatre in Sound located in San Francisco California. This interview, one of the first done by Amirkhanian who joined KPFA on 8 July 1969, honors two of the most innovative pioneers of modern spatial music. Shaff, who celebrates his 75th birthday on February 14, 2004, is a featured composer at Other Minds Festival 10, taking place in San Francisco March 4-5-6 at the Yerba Buena Center for the...
Topic: Sound Art
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A selection of songs by Harry Partch. The Poems by Li Po include: A midnight farewell; Before the cast of wine; An encounter in the field; On hearing the flute at Lo-cheng; The intruder; I am a peach tree. Windsong is an excerpt from the soundtrack for the film of the same name. It is a modern rendering of the ancient myth of Daphne and Apollo. The music is a collage of sounds, ten instruments are used with Partch playing nearly all the parts. For the studies on Greek scales Partch uses the...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Microtonal, Unconventional Instruments, Harry Partch
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, Professor of Assyriology at the University of California at Berkeley, about an LP ”Sounds from silence; Recent discoveries in ancient Near Eastern music” which documents a previously unknown musical composition dating from around 1400 BC. This ancient fertility hymn from Ugarit caused an international sensation when modern research made available for the first time, the knowledge necessary for the translation of ancient clay tablets...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, Ancient Music
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Charles Amirkhanian walks with French sound poet, Bernard Heidsieck, through the streets of Paris where Heidsieck had recorded the sounds that were incorporated into his composition “Carrefour De La Chausse D'Antin”. Starting outside the bank where Heidsieck worked for many years, and passing past the cafes, prostitutes, theaters, and department stores, the names and sounds of which were included in his long text-sound composition, Heidsieck describes his work and comments on how the city...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Sound Poetry, Interview, Bernard Heidsieck
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On October 18, 1972, Tom Zahuranec invited the radio audience down to the KPFA Music Office to communicate mentally with a philodendron which was wired with liquid electrodes feeding impulses into a Buchla synthesizer.  His call for audience participation was answered by scores of avid listeners who flocked to the KPFA studios in order to see for themselves just how responsive a philodendron could be.  Once there they experimented with the plant by getting closer or farther away from it,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Interactive Art, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Tom Zahuranec