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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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Apr 15, 2022 Other Minds
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The Nature of Music: Polar Soundscapes, featuring Cheryl E. Leonard with Phillip Greenlief. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:30pm. Goldman Theater, David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA . This is a 6 part program with 5 compositions by Leonard and a post-performance conversation led by Paul Dresher. Presented by Other Minds and the David Brower Center as a closing event for the exhibit: Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012. This is NOM no. 01. About The Nature of Music: From the...
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Topics: Field recordings, Music, Nature sounds, Antarctica, Cheryl E. Leonard, Soundscapes, Unconventional...
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Apr 9, 2022 Other Minds
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Summoning the specters of musical forbears, and channeling the spirits of their successors, the 2008 New Music Seance Concerts featured a marathon of performances by pianist Sarah Cahill, and the dynamic violin/piano duo of Kate Stenberg and Eva-Maria Zimmermann. The concerts were held in the intimate, candle lit setting of the historic Arts & Crafts styled Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco on December 6, 2008. The first concert, entitled “Birds in Warped Time”, featured music by...
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Topics: Other Minds, New Music Seance, Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music
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Mar 15, 2022
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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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Mar 15, 2022
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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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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, New Music, Popular Music, Frank Zappa
Other Minds Audio Archive
Mar 10, 2022
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Michael Reynolds introduces a live reading before an audience of over 1,000 at the Pauley Ballroom of UC Berkeley given by America's most noted writers, William S. Burroughs and John Giorno. Giorno (b. 1936) reads his newest work "Subduing Demons in America" and his "Suicide Sutra". Burroughs reads from "Nova Express" , "The Wild Boys" and other works. Warning: Contains scatological phraseology and other obscenities.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Literature, Poetry, John Giorno, William Burroughs
Other Minds Audio Archive
Aug 29, 2021
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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
Other Minds Audio Archive
Aug 25, 2021 John Cage, Jack Hirschman
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This interview conducted by poet and broadcaster at KPFK FM Jack Hirschman was recorded in conjunction with John Cages visit to Los Angeles with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, performing at Royce Hall. Cage was to perform "45' for a Speaker" at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall in July 1963a kind of lecture performance. It was composed by chance operations related to the imperfections on the paper on which it was composed.
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Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical
Source: Other Minds
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Feb 26, 2021
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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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Feb 12, 2021
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Recorded on February 7, 1985 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Carl Stone about his role as one of the preeminent electronic composer in Southern California. Stone plays some of his pieces and demonstrates his digital delay unit that he was then using in many of his performances. Born in 1953, Stone studied with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney at Cal Arts, and has had his music performed throughout the world, including...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Speaking of Music, Exploratorium, Carl Stone, Interview, Music, Electronic music
Other Minds Audio Archive
Aug 1, 2020
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From a program first broadcast on June 12, 1962, John Whiting presents some early 78 rpm recordings of music for horn, performed by Aubry Brain and his son Dennis Brain. The first selection heard is Johannes Brahms “Trio in E-Flat Major,” for piano, horn and violin. Long recognized as one of the finest classical chamber music recordings of the early 20th century this 1934 disc features the horn playing of Aubry Brain. Aubry was a member of a talented musical family that included his father...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Classical Music, 78's
Source: 78
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In a program recorded on March 2, 1970, host Richard Friedman is joined by poet and guitarist David Meltzer. Interspersed with a selection of original folk songs performed by David and Tina Meltzer, (that were unreleased at that time but are now available on the album “Green Morning”), are a number of poems and excerpts from poems written and read by David Meltzer. One of the original San Francisco Beat Generation poets, Meltzer’s works range from the erotic to the religious, with his...
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Topics: Interview, Music, Folk music, Poetry, KPFA-FM
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Mar 5, 2019
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Four text-sound pieces by Larry Wendt, recorded in San Jose in 1978 and released on cassette through his own Frog Hollow label. Born in Napa, California, in 1946, Wendt began experimenting with text-sound composition and musique concrète in the 1970s, and has been a frequent participant and organizer of sound poetry and electronic music festivals and events ever since. He has also written extensively about avant-garde and experimental art including several seminal books on sound poetry written...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Larry Wendt, Text-sound compositions, Sound Poetry, Spoken Word
Other Minds Audio Archive
Nov 23, 2018
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Phil Elwood digs deep into his archive of rare recordings to find nine featuring the solo cornet of Bix Beiderbecke. In his short but brilliant career Bix played with a number of bands and while these selections do not represent the best of his recorded work they are the rarest, some of which languished in obscurity due to mislabeling by the record companies.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Jazz, Bix Beiderbecke, Phil Elwood
Other Minds Audio Archive
Nov 9, 2018
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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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Rolf Cahn introduces the second half of a recording of a concert of folk music by Eric Von Schmidt, held in the basement of the Boston YMCA, in 1960. Von Schmidt accompanies himself on guitar as he sings a selection of English and American folk songs, with a little bit of Blues and Gospel thrown in for good measure. A key figure in the folk revival movement of the early 1960s, Von Schmidt regularly performed with such other luminaries as Joan Baez, Richard and Mimi Farina, Bob Dylan, and Rolf...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Folk Music
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Rolf Cahn introduces the first half of a recording of a concert of folk music by Eric von Schmidt, held in the basement of the Boston YMCA, in 1960. Von Schmidt accompanies himself on guitar as he sings a selection of English and American folk songs, with a little bit of Blues and Gospel thrown in for good measure. Von Schmidt who was a mainstay in the folk movement of the 1960s, and who performed with Joan Baez, Richard and Mimi Farina, Bob Dylan, and Rolf Cahn, among others, died in February...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Folk Music, Rolf Cahn, Music, Blues, Eric Von Schmidt
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From a program first broadcast on Jan. 2, 1980, Matthew Holdreith introduces several settings of Johann Sebastian Bach's “Ricercar a 6.” The work, part of Bach’s 1747 collection of canons and fugues “Das Musikalische Opfer” or “The Musical Offering,” was a response to a challenge by Frederick the Great of Prussia, who gave Bach a series of notes and asked him to improvise a six voiced fugue based on this “royal theme.” Although unable to produce more than a three voiced fugue...
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Topics: Classical Music, Interview, KPFA-FM, Music
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Jul 8, 2018
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Dutch composer, pianist, and author Reinbert de Leeuw, recorded on November 10, 1983, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. De Leeuw performs and discusses the early piano music of Erik Satie, the performance of which has garnered the pianist a global reputation. De Leeuw’s particular interpretation of this music is quite different from the standard. His study of the life of Satie has given him many illuminating insights, some...
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Topics: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium, Interview and Music, Classical Music, Reinbert de...
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This program begins with a selection of six works for solo guitar, composed and performed by Bill Horvitz, at a concert at the University of California in Santa Cruz on June 10, 1975, and broadcast as part of its Morning Concert by KPFA on September 30, 1975. These are followed by Horvitz playing a selection of unidentified tracks. These might be selections of music he composed for “Calm Down Mother” a musical theater work by Megan Terry, but that can not be confirmed. The sounds of some...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert: Music, 20th Century Classical, Bill Horvitz
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A recording of water dripping into a cup of water No its not a form of torture, its just raw sound emanating from a Berkeley faucet. One can use it as a form of meditation or turn it into a new form of auditory art. Recorded on Dec. 7, 1972. Maybe its a tribute to the brave soldiers that died at Pearl Harbor? The volume of this stereo recording varies, allowing the listener to enjoy the full range of resonance.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Other Finds, Soundscapes, World Ear Project
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May 11, 2017
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Music to induce serenity. Charles Amirkhanian talks with Joanna Brouk, a Berkeley composer whose interests lies in the sounds that can be perceived by listening to “impurities” within larger tones. These impurities, called overtones, are utilized in the making of the six pieces heard here. Ms. Brouk modulates her voice with an synthesizer in three of these pieces. In another she uses repeated tones in the low range of a grand piano. And in two others, she strokes a gong repeatedly to...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Joanna Brouk
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Mar 25, 2017 Edgar Varese, Nicolas Slonimsky, David Cloud
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This program was produced for broadcast on the 40th anniversary of the world premiere of Ionisation, a percussion work by Edgar Varese. Nicolas Slonimsky, who conducted that performance, reminisces about the event with David Cloud of KPFK. Recorded on March 6, 1973. Varese's music was one of the first pieces in Western Classical music history performed solely on percussion instruments. Using a variety of conventional (snare drum, bass drum) and unconventional sources (sirens, Lion's roar), the...
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Topics: Interview, New Music, Orchestral Music, Edgar Varese
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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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Aug 31, 2016
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Henry Cowell presents a program on the music of Indonesia, featuring early recordings of gamelan music, as well as many transcriptions of Balinese music by Colin McPhee. The music of Indonesia first came to the attention of the West when in the 1920s Erich M. von Hornbostel and others collected and commercially released a number of gamelan performances, recorded in the villages of Indonesia. These early 78rpm records later inspired the Canadian composer, Colin McPhee, to travel to the island of...
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Topics: Interview, Music, World Music, Gamelan Music, Henry Cowell
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Jun 28, 2016
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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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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Music, 20th Century Classical
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Part lecture, part rehearsal, and part performance, this fascinating program provides a window into a system for the creation of improvised music by an ensemble or band, that it's designer, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, calls conduction. In his words conduction is: "A vocabulary of ideographic signs and gestures activated to modify or construct a real time musical arrangement of any notation or composition. Each sign and gesture transmits generative information and provides...
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Topics: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music, Chamber Music, Free Improvisation, Lawrence Butch Morris
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Recorded on April 18,1977 at the Fireman’s Fund Theater in San Francisco, a concert by the San Francisco Trio, featuring piano trios by Beethoven, Schumann, and Mendelsshon, as well as the world premiere of Olly Wilson’s “Trio,” which was commissioned by the San Francisco Chamber Music Society’s Norman Fromm Composers Award, and composed especially for the San Francisco Trio. This work consists of a central movement framed by a very short introduction movement which is repeated at the...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, San Francisco Chamber Music Society, Classical Music, Piano Trios
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Aug 12, 2015
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From a concert recorded in 1983, Laurie K. Steele conducts the Mostly Modern Chamber Players in a performance of works for chamber orchestra by Charles Ives, Morton Feldman, David Jaffe, Laurie Spiegel, and Teo Macero.
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Topics: 20th century classical, Music, New music
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May 15, 2015
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A modern Japanese Nō drama with electronic music background, performed in Japanese. [Possibly “The Lady Aoi” or “Aoi-no-Ue”]
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Topics: Japan, Music, KPFA-FM
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Apr 19, 2015
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On December 3, 2005, Other Minds presented for the first time three concerts of new music summoning the spirits of composers past and present, in the spiritual setting of Bernard Maybeck's Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco. The following selections are from Concert II, "NUDE ROLLING DOWN AN ESCALATOR". Ruth Crawford Seeger Prelude No. 4; Prelude No. 9 (1924-28) Andrea Morricone 1 Studio (Etude No. 1, 2002, U.S. premiere) Kyle Gann Private Dances, excerpt: Saintly (2004) Sarah...
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Topics: New Music Seance, Other Minds, Concerts, New Music, 20th Century Classical
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Apr 19, 2015
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Beverly Bellows performs on the harp in a live concert from the KPFA studios on March 5, 1973. Works heard include a number of compositions by Lou Harrison and three pieces for harp by 16th and 17th century Spanish masters. Joining Bellows on some performances are Charles Amirkhanian and Amy Radner on percussion, and Charles’ wife Carol Law can be heard making a few comments.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, New Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Harp, Beverly Bellows
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Sep 22, 2014 Amelia Cuni
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Track Listing: Solo For Voice 58: Raga 1 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 4 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 14 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 8 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 3 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 5 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 6 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 9 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 2 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 10 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 12 Solo For Voice 58: Ragas 11-13-15-7 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 16 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 18 Solo For Voice 58: Raga 17 This album can be purchased from the Other Minds webstore . You can explore...
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Topic: Other Classical
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Steve Reich and Jon Gibson stopped off at the KPFA studio after a rehearsal for a performance scheduled for the next day at the UC Berkeley’s Art Museum. The discussion centers around Reich’s very unusual music and you will hear an East Coast performance of his Four Organs as well as an exciting recording of Ghanian drumming which Reich recorded in Ghana. They also introduce the music of Philip Glass, playing a tape of his Music in Similar Motion. The program ends with a discussion about...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Minimalism, New Music, Steve Reich, John Gibson
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Feb 21, 2014
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A veritable who’s who of American poets, many hailing from New York, read their favorite poems by Charles Reznikoff and others, during a memorial for the late Jewish American poet, author, and playwright. Those marking the passing of the first of the Objectivist poets include, Allen Ginsberg, Ron Padgett, Joel Oppenheimer, Anne Waldman, Armand Schwerner, Charles North, and many others. The poems they have selected represent the incredible range of Reznikoff’s writings, from one line...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Poetry, Spoken Word, Charles Reznikoff
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Philip Glass interview with Charles Amirkhanian on January 25, 1985 on Glass' upcoming April 21st performance at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. First broadcast April 11 on KPFA's Morning Concert Series.
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Topics: 20th Century Classical, Minimalism
Source: Other Minds
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From a program produced by Minneapolis Public Radio (MPR) and the Walker Art Center, Nigel Redden, Director for Performing Arts at the Minneapolis based Center, introduces selected performances from the 1980 New Music America Festival, which was held over nine days in June 1980. This second in a series of four programs, begins with “Pattern Study No 2” and aleatoric piece for piano saxophone, trombone, percussion and double bass, composed by Stacey Bowers. This is followed by the final...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, MPR, New Music America Festival, New music, Electro-acoustic, Aleatory music, Free jazz,...
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Oct 24, 2013
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After yet another period of self-imposed retirement, intermedia artist, war correspondent, and general man around town, Anthony Gnazzo, returned to radio in 1971 with another important prerecorded message. “Not So” is an extended text-sound composition which combines taped telephone conversations with what sounds like live readings of selected cut-up texts and other sundry auditory eruptions. Is it just derivative of past avant-garde masterpieces or is it a hilarious, cutting-edge...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Sound Poetry, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic
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Sep 28, 2013
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Phil Elwood presents a program on the evolution of Ragtime music from Scott Joplin to Jelly Roll Morton. The early composers of Ragtime saw themselves foremost as composers and looked down on the un-schooled musicians that later adapted ragtime into what became known as Jazz. Joplin in particular was rather conservative in his approach to Ragtime, and did little to include the swinging beat that was to be popularized by later musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton. Most of this music predates...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Jazz, Scott Joplin, Phil Elwood
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Mar 13, 2013
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One of the most unusual and inspiring stories in modern American music is that of composer John Haussermann. Born in 1909, to a wealthy family then living in Manila, Haussermann studied music at the Cincinnati Conservatory (1924–27) and at Colorado College, before going to Paris in 1930 to study organ with Marcel Dupré. While in Paris he became friends with Maurice Ravel and began serious study of composition with Paul Le Flem. Active in the Cincinnati area from the 1930s to the 1950s, he...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Music, Documentary, 20th Century Classical, Chamber Music
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Mar 11, 2013
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A program first broadcast in 1968 featuring Howard Hersh reading excerpts from the collected writings of French composer and pianist Erik Satie. The selections, which seem to be taken from assorted lectures, essays, and perhaps diary entries are both whimsical and enlightening. Subjects vary from his love for cabbage soup (only surpassed by his love of his mother); a schedule of activities; a list of his preferred diet (only white foods); comments on the education system of France; as well as...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, documentaries, classical music, piano music, 20th century classical
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Feb 23, 2013
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Fountain pens were the early 20th Century equivalent of the laptop computer. Allowing individuals the ability to write without being tied to a desk and inkwell, this unique American invention came to symbolize literacy for the man or woman who owned and carried one. Recently, as computer technology has threatened to wipe out the individual personality of the handwritten word, hoards of collectors have rediscovered the joy of writing with new and vintage instruments which can vary the width of...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Other Finds, Fountain Pens
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A series of improvisations, recorded around 1957, and featuring Pauline Oliveros, Loren Rush, Terry Riley, Laurel Johnson, Robert Erickson, and Bill Butler. The instrumentation for these five pieces is varied and unspecified, but seems to include piano, percussion, flute, and a trumpet, or some other brass instrument. The first improvisation is used as accompaniment for a lengthy monologue. These early experiments with aleatoric and improvisatory music serves as a valuable historical record...
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Topics: Music, New Music, Improvisation, Monologues with music
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Yoko Ono talks of the early part of the Showa Period (1926-1989), in Japan, and sings songs for unaccompanied voice which show various aspects of these times and culture.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview, Music, World Music, Ethnic Music
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Oct 5, 2012
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A lecture by Jane Jarvis, recorded in December of 1977 at a Conference of the Institute for Studies in American Music (now the H. Wiley Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music), an affiliate of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Jarvis, a jazz pianist, composer, baseball stadium organist, and a vice-president of the Muzak corporation, talks about the history of Muzak. Founded in the 1920s by Major General George O. Squier and the North American Company, a utility...
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Topics: Lecture, Panel Discussion, Popular Music, Muzak, KPFA-FM
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Aug 17, 2012
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Frederick Marvin, pianist and professor at Syracuse University in New York, performs a number of works, recorded on October 29, 1972. Marvin is well known for his work in bringing to light the mostly forgotten music of 18th century Spanish composer Padre Antonio Soler. He has also performed the works of modern American composer George Antheil, as well as the works of Debussy, Chopin, and many more.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music: 20th Century Classical, Frederick Marvin
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May 30, 2012
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An interview with Berkeley guitarist and composer Robbie Basho, one of the most innovative performers playing acoustically at the time of this recording. Robbie introduces music from his Vanguard record album "Zarthus" (1974) and talks with Charles Amirkhanian about world music influences in his recent work and his interest in American Indian music.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, World Music, Folk Music, Robbie Basho
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Jan 22, 2012
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Country Joe McDonald made his start, in some ways, playing late night jams at KPFA on the “Midnight Show” in the mid-1960s. For this recording, made in April of 1977, Country Joe returned to the KPFA studios to present a concert of acoustic songs, in support of the station’s fund raising efforts. As well as performing some of his classic war protest songs, such as “Fixin’ To Die Rag”, McDonald also plays a number of more recent songs that reflect his environmental concerns, such as...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Popular Music, Folk Music, Country Joe McDonald
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One of the most dynamic groups in avant-garde rock music is San Francisco's own The Residents; an underground ensemble which has been composing anonymously and on tape since 1970. KPFA celebrates a decade of music by The Residents with this special three hour extravaganza hosted by Charles Amirkhanian and featuring Snakefinger (frequent guest artist with The Residents) and Jay Clem (promotion director for the group's label, Ralph Records). Tonight we’ll hear selections from the complete music...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Popular Music, The Residents
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Laurie Anderson's record release party for O Superman 7" (and Walk The Dog) (released on 110 Records) on April 28, 1980 at The Kitchen in New York City. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Laurie Anderson, Bob George, John Gibson, Phill Niblock, Roma Baran and Ken Friedman. Like Hitchcock's "Rope" this slice of reality in one take features Amirkhanian wandering through a dense crowd of revelers, nabbing interviewees spontaneously as they appear in his peripheral vision. No splices!!
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Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical
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Aug 8, 2011
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Visit the Oakland Museumâs Mechanical Musical Instrument exhibit that ran December 16, 1972 through February 4, 1973. Organized over a two year period by the museumâs curator, Gretchen Schneider, the exhibit held around eighty varieties of mechanical instruments from the turn of the (19th) century. Charles Amirkhanian visits the museum to interview Schneider and demonstrates a variety of the tunes played by the musical machines. Instruments on display range from the largest band organ to the...
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Topics: Oakland Museum, mechanical instruments, KPFA 1973, radiom.org, barrel organ, electric orchestrion,...
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Pianist Martha Anne Verbit performs live in the KPFA studio on the station’s Bösendorfer grand piano, and talks with Charles Amirkhanian about her excursions into the sensuous, mystical, and arcane reaches of early 20th century piano music, as well as giving biographical information about each of the composers featured in this concert. Verbit has recorded an album of music by Cyril Scott for Genesis Records, and is an expert performer of Scriabin’s music. She has given solo recitals at...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Martha Ann Verbit, Music, Interview, 20th Century Classical, Piano...
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Jul 27, 2011
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A performance of Morton Feldman’s Two Pieces for 3 pianos, by Robert Moran, Loren Rush, and the composer himself.
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Topics: Music: 20th Century Classical, Morton Feldman
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Jun 7, 2011
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A recording of “Wi’ igita,” an opera by Janice Giteck with a libretto based on the folklore of the the Pima and Papago Indians. This is a composite recording of two performances by the Port Costa Players, presumably made in the late 1970s. The story revolves around Native American myths about corn and tobacco.
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Topics: Music, Opera, Music Theatre, Janice Giteck, Folklore
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May 25, 2011
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews John Cage on January 8, 1987, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. The program begins with a discussion of two of Cage’s pieces of aleatoric music, “Music For” which is scored for any number of instruments, and “Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras”. Also discussed in detail is “EurOperas 1 & 2”, which was intended to be an opera like no other, and in that regard it has no real libretto nor plot. However the...
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Topics: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium, Interview and Music, New Music, John Cage
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Jan 3, 2011
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces a program of ambient sound recordings made by listeners and friends of KPFA from around the world. On this program you will hear a ride in the Goodyear blimp “Columbia” as it flies over the Berkeley hills, a duck feeding at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, Charles taking a shower at home, the sound of Michael Barclay, (KPFA’s opera commentator) breathing and writing, a flock of sparrows in a fifty year old redwood tree, and the story of John Fare, a...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, World Ear Project, Other Finds, Soundscapes
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Dec 21, 2010
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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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After a fairly brief and appropriately poetically abstract introduction, Roy Trumbull plays Bob Dylan’s fifth studio album “Bringing It All Back Home,” in its entirety. This program was recorded on April 17, 1965, just a month after the LP had been released on Columbia Records. Long recognized as the album in which Dylan embraced rock and roll and turned from writing political protest songs to those more personal or allegorical in nature, “Bringing It All Back Home” featured one side...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Folk Music, Music
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Oct 29, 2010 Stephan Micus
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The Music of Stephan Micus: Where In The World? By 2004, Stephan Micus (MEE-koos) has recorded over 20 solo albums of his multi-tracked, multi-ethnic music, mostly for the ECM Records label. But three decades earlier, the young musician stopped to visit WBAI in New York, and later Charles Amirkhanian at KPFA and left an hour-long tape of his music before disappearing into the ozone. From the original 1974 program description: Improvisations for wooden recorders, sitar, zither, cymbals, bamboo...
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Topics: Instrumental, Meditative, New Age, World Music
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Oct 17, 2010
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Richard Friedman introduces field recordings of ambient environments in Frankfurt, Germany; Yogoslavia; Atlanta, Georgia; Aptos, California; Berkeley, California; San Francisco, California; and Greece. This program is one in a series featuring unedited ambient recordings of unique or unusual environments from around the world.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, World Ear Project, Other Finds, Soundscapes
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Author, essayist, and environmentalist, Edward Abbey gives a talk and reads from his essays and books during an appearance at the Telluride Ideas Festival on August 17, 1986. Abbey is perhaps best known for his radical stance on public land policy and supposed support for eco-terrorism. A true iconoclast, Abbey has been condemned and praised by mainstream environmentalists and conservative Western ranchers alike. He was a pro-gun, anti-immigration, self-declared desert anarchist, who thrived on...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Literature, Literature, Current Events, Spoken Word, Telluride, Edward Abbey
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Utah Phillips sings songs and tells stories about hoboes and riding the rails. Combining selections from two concerts given by Phillips in the late 1970s, this program features songs by Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and traditional folk songs, as well as a number of Phillips’ own compositions. Part singer, story teller, union organizer, and political activist, Phillips was as legendary as some of the characters in the stories he told. In the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger,...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Folk Music, Utah Phillips
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Aug 20, 2010 Charles Amirkhanian & Brian Eno
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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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Aug 11, 2010
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From the 1962 Donaueschingen Music Festival, a complete recording of Pierre Boulez’s “Pil Selon Pil” for soprano and orchestra, performed by Eva Maria Rogner and the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer. “Pil Selon Pil” which is translated as “fold by fold” or “crease on crease” is a piece in five movements, each based on poem by Stéphane Mallarmé. The first movement "Don" is based on "Don du poème"; the second movement...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music: 20th Century Classical, Pierre Boulez
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May 26, 2010
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From a concert given at San Francisco State College on March 20, 1966, the Iowa String Quartet perform works by Henry Purcell and Gunther Schuller. The Schuller piece, his “Quartet No. 2” was commissioned by the Iowa String Quartet and is in three movements. According to the composer the first movement “contrasts clusterish, densely harmonic ensemble passages with brief lyric or quieter melodic sections, usually featuring just one of the four instruments, lightly accompanied by the...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Chamber Music, Iowa String Quartet
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Mar 11, 2010 Michael Nyman
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San Francisco's Del Sol String Quartet performs the San Francisco Premiere of Michael Nyman's String Quartet No. 3 (1989) at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Nyman's intensely moving String Quartet No. 3, composed in Armenia and redolent of sadness of the music of that oppressed people, is performed by Del Sol. Del Sol String Quartet Charlton Lee, viola Kate Stenberg, violin Rick Shinozaki, violin Monica Scott, cello
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Topics: Minimalism, 20th Century Classical
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Host Charles Amirkhanian talks with musician and world activist Frank Zappa live by telephone. Discussion includes the state of world politics and culture from the viewpoint of one of the United States most provocative and original speakers. At the time this recording was made in April 1991, Zappa was exploring the possibility of running for president of the United States, and he discusses his views on the first Persian Gulf War, the legacy of George H. W. Bush, and the possibility of having...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Current Events, Frank Zappa
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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Topics: Avantgarde, Experimental, 20th Century Classical, Minimalism
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Nov 25, 2009
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A concert and interview with whistler extraordinaire Jason Serinus (aka Jay Nassberg). Dubbed the “Pavarotti of Pucker” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Serinus, accompanied by the piano, performs a number of pieces from the classical repertoire. Serinus may also be known to people as the voice of Woodstock in many of the Peanuts animated cartoons.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Classical Music, 20th Century Classical, Jason Serinus
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A live recording of a concert given March 15, 1975 by the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Oakland Symphony Chorus, conducted by Joseph Liebling. This concert was held at the Paramount Theater in Oakland California and included pieces by Strauss, Brahms, Berloiz and Milhaud.
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Music: Classical Music
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May 14, 2009 Susan Stone
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Sound poet Susan Stone interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, May 23, 1991. A master of mixed-media performance, Stone is in the forefront of current experimental work in voice, language, and tape. Her exploration of the human psyche, particularly of female characters struggling with the elements of intimacy, is at the core of her subject matter. Tonight, she introduces selections from her works Heat, Tongue Bandit, and Viscera, and...
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Topics: Sound Poetry, Experimental
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World Premiere of Mark Grey's Sands of Time for cello and live electronic processing (2003) performed at Other Minds 10 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2004 Joan Jeanrenaud, cello Mark Grey, electronics One of the most in-demand sound designers today, Grey is best known for his work with the Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and most recently with John Adams in The Dharma at Big Sur for the October 2003 opening of Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Mark Grey is...
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Topic: 20th Century Classical
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Feb 28, 2009
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Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji was a British born composer, pianist, and author who wrote some of the longest and most difficult to perform works for the piano ever composed. Although a 20th century composer his works had more in common with the elaborate counterpoint of Bach than with the modern compositions of his contemporaries, such as Cage, Antheil, or Schoenberg. His compositions were so difficult to play that he actually forbid public performance of them for decades, so as to avoid them from...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Documentary, New Music, 20th Century Classical, Shapurji Sorabji
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Feb 21, 2009
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Han Reiziger of VPRO (Dutch Radio) hosted a number of KPFA broadcasts in 1974 as part of an exchange program. In this edition he introduces the works of six Dutch composers, several of which are very rare in United States, to this day. Included are incidental music by Alphons Diepenbrock, two re-workings of the Dutch national anthem by Anthon van der Horst and Louis Andriessen, a symphony by Cornelis Dopper, a seldom heard avant-garde piece by Bernard van Beurden, and an aleatoric work for two...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Han Reiziger, 20th Century Classical
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Jan 30, 2009
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A selection of recordings and live performances by Alvin Curran and his group MEV (Musica Elettronica Viva). This is classic, avant-garde, electro-acoustic music from the 1960s and early 70s.
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Topics: Music, Avant-Garde, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Alvin Curran
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Jan 12, 2009 Robert Moran, Anthony Gnazzo, Pauline Oliveros, Ramon Sender, Douglas Leedy, Charles Shere, Morton Subotnick
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San Francisco Chamber Music Society Concert from November 15, 1976. The most unconventional composers in the Bay Area at the time, presented on a series usually host to more conventional classical music. Imagine a fish aquarium with staff lines drawn on it. Now play the fish as they move up and down the scale in the bowl. You have the concept of this infamous work that, for a short time, became the talk of the town here in San Francisco. Part I: Ramon Sender: Tropical Fish Opera (1962) Douglas...
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Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, tape collage
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