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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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The First Festival of Live Electronic Music included a series of five concerts held at Mills College and the University of California at Davis on December 4-6, 1967. In this program host Charles Shere introduces the works by Dary John Mizelle, Stanley Lunetta, and John Dinwiddie recorded during the the third concert held at the University of California, Davis, on December 5th, 1967. Radial Energy I with Light Sculpture by Dary John Mizelle: The work is really the combination of two separate...
Topics: Electronic music, Electro-acoustic, Avant-garde, Light art, Multimedia (Art), Aleatory music
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Music for young performers in an advanced medium, by the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer.  Schafer is also the author of numerous pamphlets on the future materials of sound art including his book “The New Soundscape”.  (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: Interview and music, 20th century classical, Orchestral music, Youth orchestras, Composers -- Canada
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John Cage, as Virgil Thomson has pointed out, is the master of a school of music unique in the western world. His explorations into the realm of percussion sounds, both those produced in the usual manner by the direct use of percussion instruments and those produced in his own special way, by mutations of the modern piano sounds, have been a stimulus in our musical life, as much for their freshness and beauty as for the remarkable way in which they induce one to listen. For it is difficult to...
Topics: New music, Piano music (Pianos (2)), Prepared piano music
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This piece, for two prepared piano, is described in the Cage Catalogue published by Peters Edition as follows: "Three Dances is written in the rhythmic structure 252; 262; 2,7,2 when the tempo is 88. These numbers change when the tempo changes, an attempt having been made to maintain actual time proportions. The notation is conventional and the piano preparations are more elaborate than in "A Book of Music". The expression is physical and moves with simplicity to complexity. This...
Topics: Mills College, New music, Piano music (Pianos (2)), Prepared piano music
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Mar 25, 2021
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Alan Farley hosts Charles Amirkhanian on this episode of "My Favorite Things", aired on KALW (91.7 FM, San Francisco) on February 20, 2007. Amirkhanian is the Artistic and Executive Director of the new music organization Other Minds. He was also Music Director at KPFA (Berkeley) from 1969-1992. He and Farley briefly reminisce about their time working at KPFA before Amirkhanian starts to share his musical selections for the broadcast. This enjoyable and varied selection includes...
Topics: Interview and Music, 20th century classical, World music, Folk music, 19th century classical
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April 11, 1985 marked the 70th anniversary of the Ottoman’s massacre of Armenians, an event that had not yet been acknowledged in official international forums, in contrast to the tragedy of the Jewish Holocaust, and of which it is still illegal to even discuss in modern Turkey.  In this program Charles Amirkhanian talks with Jack Zakarian who spent many years researching the events of 1915 as well as the previous massacres dating back as far as 1895.  A selection of traditional Armenian...
Topics: Interview, Current Events, Armenian massacres, 1915-1923, Folk music, Armenian
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Feb 3, 2021
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Originally recorded on June 15, 1984 and then broadcast on Dec. 3, 1984 this is a short segment of an interview that Charles Amirkhanian had with composer and clarinetist David Ocker, in which Ocker describes how Frank Zappa wrote “Moe ‘n Herb’s Vacation” for him, as well as other details of what it was like to work with Zappa.
Topics: Interview, Popular music, Rock music, Orchestration
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In a program recorded on Oct. 14, 1970, Charles Amirkhanian interviews artist Dennis Oppenheim and Director of the Museum of Conceptual Art, Tom Marioni, about a then upcoming show at the Museum.  However, as is typical with events sponsored by the Museum of Conceptual Art, the show was not happening in the Museum, per se, but rather would entail a number of videos of works to be shown at a bar across the street.  The show which was titled “Body Works” was to include a number of pieces by...
Topics: Interview, Modern art, Conceptual art, Performance art, Body art
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Feb 2, 2021
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Futurist David Graham, who lives on a ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona, talks with Charles Amirkhanian about infrasonics, metaconcepts, and planetary communication.  This interview was recorded on April 29, 1971.  (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: Interview, Concepts, Infrasonics
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Jan 30, 2021
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Apparently intended for a Fourth of July celebratory broadcast, Anthony Gnazzo prepared this audio collage of patriotic words and music.  The piece begins with what appears to be a man with a megaphone leading a group of children in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, this is then followed by Gnazzo and others trading off lines in a rather off-key version of the national anthem.  Heard next is a very patriotically minded reminder about the importance of honoring the U. S. flag...
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Jan 30, 2021
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This distinctly avant-garde tribute to the Christmas holiday was conceived by Ian Underwood and executed by Nelson Green and David Lawton as a Christmas Sound Spectacular to close a seasonal concert that was given at the Open Theater in Berkeley, on December 23, 1965.  The performance is by musicians from Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley, conducted by David Lawton.  The work, features an, at time chaotic, mix of fragments of many familiar Christmas songs, accompanied...
Topics: Music, New music, Christmas music, Carols
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George Cleve plays the Franz Schubert lied, “Frühlingsglaube” (”Faith in Spring”), on the Steinway piano, in the KPFA studios, the first line of which goes “So everything must change.”  Cleve then talks briefly with Charles Amirkhanian about his past 3 1/2 years as KPFA Morning Concert host.  Although the two differ slightly on the details, both agree that Cleve’s association with the station began when he arrived at KPFA with a glowing review of Cleve’s conducting, which he...
Topics: Interview, Music, 20th century classical, Radio broadcasters, Piano music
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Three electro-acoustic works by British composer Hugh Davies, performed by the composer and his pioneering ensemble, Gentle Fire, and featuring unconventional homemade instruments created by Davies.  The first work “Shozyg I & II” is a performance featuring two players playing different unique instruments of Davies’ own devising.  According to the composer: “Shozyg I and Shozyg II are stereophonic instruments for live electronic performance...They are built inside book covers...
Topics: Music, Electro-acoustic, Electronic music, Unconventional instruments
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Jan 21, 2021
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This edition of Ode To Gravity, hosted by Charles Amirkhanian, first broadcast on March 6, 1989, begins with a critique of the San Francisco Symphony’s 1989-90 season, and its lack of new music, especially as it pertains to women and African American composers.  Amirkhanian relates his attempt to bring his concerns to the attention of Symphony Director Herbert Blomstedt at a recent press conference, and Blomstedt’s ridiculous reply that women and black composers were not interested in...
Topics: Interview and music, Electronic, Electro-acoustic, Sound poetry, Percussion music, Computer music,...
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Jan 21, 2021
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Recorded by David Moss in October of 1979, in preparation for his solo percussion and voice landscape album which was eventually released in 1980 under the title of “Terrain.”  This 26 minute section is composed of about 13 smaller fragments which were, according to the composer, given their general structure and instrumentation beforehand, while the internal structure of micro-rhythms, momentum, attacks, silences, surprises, and endings were all improvised live in the studio. ...
Topics: Percussion music, New music, Tape music
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Jan 15, 2021
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This recording of 4 compositions by Mel Powell include: EVENTS for tape recorder Voices: Mildred Dunnock, Martha Scott, Lee Bowman IMPROVISATION Ward Davenny, piano; Keith Wilson, clarinet; David Schwarfz, viola SECOND ELECTRONIC SETTING TWO PRAYER SETTINGS New York Chamber Soloists; Charles Bressler, tenor; Melvin Kaplan, conductor MEL POWELL (b. 1923) is Chairman of the composition faculty and Director of the Electronic Music Studio at Yale. His music is characterized by a delicate lyricism...
Topics: Music, 20th century classical, Sacred songs, Electronic music, Trios (Piano, clarinet, viola)
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Jan 15, 2021
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Three brief interviews from KPFA’s Music Review program, recorded in September of 1970.  In the first segment Charles Amirkhanian and Richard Friedman interview choreographer Ann (Anna) Halprin about her dance company’s new production of “Ceremony of Us”.  Halprin talks about how her realization that she was about to bring an all-white dance troupe to perform in a black community had led her to expand the racial makeup of her company, and to explore the cultural differences (and...
Topics: Music Review, KPFA-FM, Anna Halprin, Music critics, Avant-garde, Interviews, Creation (Literary,...
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A portion of a program produced by Charles Amirkhanian, while he was in the Netherlands as part of an exchange program with VPRO (Holland Radio).  Amirkhanian interviews the composer Mauricio Kagel in Cologne, Germany as he prepares for the premiere of his work, “Zwei-Mann Orchester”, a work scored for two “one-man-orchestras”, which are a collection of homemade instruments, crudely operated by remote control strings and wires.  The composition was first presented at the 1973...
Topics: Interview and music, Avant-garde, Electro-acoustic, Electronic music, Unconventional instruments,...
Host Richard Friedman talks with electronic music wizard Anthony Gnazzo about the state of electronic music in the late 1960s.  As a selection of music by such well known and lesser known composers, such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tod Dockstader, Frank Zappa, John Lennon, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich play in the background, the two discuss the techniques and equipment used by composers dabbling in electronic sounds.  Topics covered include a comparison of the MOOG and Buchla synthesizers, the...
Topics: Music, Electronic music, Electro-acoustic, Musique concrète, Music, concrete, Conversations
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Jan 15, 2021
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Chip Weitzner was a self-proclaimed hippy composer who owned an organ and recorded drone, hypnotic, and electro-acoustic pieces in his Berkeley studio. He typically referred to his music as work from "The Felicity Facility." This recording features “Lapis Lazuli,” as well as what are assumed to be several other works by Weitzner. This musical journey or soundscape, features organ, bells, percussion, voice, electronics, and other varied forms of instrumentation.  Part meditative,...
Topics: Felicity Facility, Music, Electro-acoustic, Electronic, Organ music
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Dec 31, 2020
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A short electronic sound collage titled Gizzard, composed by Bruce Dalziel.
Topics: Electronic music, Soundscapes, Musique concrète
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Dec 14, 2020
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After a five year hiatus, Sheila Booth returns to the KPFA studios to present a new selection of tape pieces recorded in her Half Moon Bay studio.  In addition to several shorter works, Booth presents the 40 minute long Modoc.  This piece reflects on one of the most devastating Indian Wars in U.S. history, which Booth describes in detail.  This dramatic and bloody episode occurred in 1872, and Booth has realized a life long obsession in creating a piece based on this subject. (from KPFA...
Topics: Interview and Music, Electronic music, Soundscapes (Music), Native Americans, Modoc Tribe of Indians
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Dec 13, 2020
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces a new recording from Desto (DC 7117) titled Four American Composers.  In this instance the composers are all women, and as in most “professions” at that time, composers and performers of the female gender had suffered an inordinate amount of discriminatory injustice.  On this superb recording however, the music of Julia Smith, Louise Talma, Mabel Daniels and Miriam Gideon shines brightly in sparkling performances by highly professional performers.  This is...
Topics: Interview and Music, 20th century classical, Woodwind trios, Song cycles, String quartets
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1. A recording of a lecture by Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin on Mushrooms, drugs, and the brain, during the 1988 Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado. Begins with an introduction by Andrew Weil on the psychoactive properties of nutmeg and how he met Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin because of his research on the subject. He then introduces Shulgin’s life and work in the field of psychedelic drugs.  Sasha Shulgin begins by talking about his process of taste testing all of the compounds he...
Topics: Lecture and Panel discussion, Mushrooms, Fungi, Brain, Psychedelic drugs, Toads, Coffee
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A recording of a broadcast on KOTO-FM in Telluride Colorado, promoting the first Composer to Composer Festival. Charles Amirkhanian is guest during the lunchtime show with Alan Gerstel and presents music by the festival’s featured composers. The recording begins with a clip of “Star Date” from the University of Texas with Joel Bloch followed by Laurie Spiegel’s “Appalachian Grove”.   Alan Gerstel introduces Charles Amirkhanian who gives a pitch for KOTO’s donation drive and then...
Topics: Interview and Music, 20th century classical, Radio broadcasts, Computer music, Orchestral music,...
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1. A recording of the morning public panel on August 21, 1988 during the Composer to Composer Festival in Telluride, Colorado. The panelists include Sarah Hopkins, Brian Eno, Terry Riley, Stephen Scott and Lepo Sumera. The composers discuss why they make music among other topics and share samples of their work. Sarah Hopkins is in mid conversation about her current projects, and the healing effects of music and answers the question “Is your music New Age music”? That leads to an extended...
Topics: Lecture and panel discussion, New music, New Age music, Folk songs, Estonian, Symphonies, 20th...
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1.  The first public panel discussion during the 1988 Composer to Composer Festival, on August 20, 1988 in Telluride Colorado. The panelists include Virko Baley, Peter Sculthorpe, Denys Bouliane, Lou Harrison, Kyle Gann, and Vincent Plush. Moderated by Charles Amirkhanian. The panel discusses non-European influences on orchestral music. Lou Harrison begins by discussing the three regions and traditions of orchestral music in the world and how he believes that they are essentially...
Topics: Lecture and Panel discussion, Orchestral music, Concertos (Piano), Music--Australia, Music critics,...
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1. A recording of the second concert of the 1988 Composer to Composer Festival. Recorded live August 20, 1988, 8pm in Telluride, Colorado.  The first half begins with Sarah Hopkins performing two of her works for cello, Cello Chi for voice and electronics, and New Journey for cello, electronics, whirly, and voice. After Hopkins’ performances, Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno talk about Eno’s then new record label, Opal Records, and play excerpts from the catalogue. Also in this interview...
Topics: Interview and Music, New music, Electro-acoustic music, Electronic music, Cello solos, Duduk music,...
This is the recorded accompaniment to Lepo Sumero’s Pardon, Fryderyk! which was performed live on August 19, 1988 in Telluride, Colorado for the Composer to Composer Festival. 
Topics: Music, New music, Piano music--20th century, Tape music
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The first concert of the 1988 Composer to Composer Festival, held in Telluride, Colorado on August 19, 1988. 8:00pm. The performance begins with Sarah Hopkins performing an untitled fanfare for one of her Whirly instruments. After her performance John Lifton and Charles Amirkhanian introduce the concept of the festival and the participating composers to the audience.  Concert Program:  Lepo Sumera:  Pardon, Fryderyk!  Piece for Piano (1981) Symphony No. 1, mov. 1 (Pre-recorded) Lepo Sumera,...
Topics: Music, New Music, 20th century classical, Computer music, Orchestral music, Sampling (Sound)
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1. A recording of the morning general discussion on August 19, 1988, during the 1988 Composer to Composer festival in Telluride, Colorado. The recording begins with Charles Amirkhanian taking a consensus about topics of discussion. Some of the composers make suggestions before John Lifton leads the group into a continuation of the previous day’s topic about political connections to one’s music. Virko Baley gives an example of a concert as political act, and how sharing one’s intention...
Topics: Lecture and Panel discussion, 20th century classical, Music -- Political aspects, Composition...
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1. A recording of the morning general discussion and first half of Terry Riley’s presentation on August 18, 1988, during the 1988 Composer to Composer festival in Telluride, Colorado.  Charles Amirkhanian and John Lifton go over what they feel might be missing during the private discussions and ask the group what they want or feel should be topics of discussion. Laurie Spiegel, Terry Riley, Virko Baley and Denys Bouliane contribute some thoughts. Amirkhanian shares his impression of these...
Topics: Lecture and Panel Discussion, 20th century classical, String quartets with synthesizer, New music,...
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1. A recording of the morning private discussion with Lou Harrison on August 17, 1988 during the Compser to Composer Festival in Telluride Colorado. The session begins with some announcements by Charles Amirkhanian before introducing Lou Harrison. Harrison was the first composer to present that day, followed by Peter Sculthorpe, and Virko Baley. Harrison talks about his partner Bill Colvig (also is the room) and his background and skills which led to him building instruments for and with...
Topics: Lecture and Panel Discussion, 20th century classical, World music, percussion music, Gamelan, New...
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1. A recording of the first session of private composer presentations during the 1988 Composer to Composer festival in Telluride, Colorado. August 16, 1988 at 2:30pm. The first three minutes are of the composers arriving and talking before Charles Amirkhanian makes opening remarks about how the idea of the Composer to Composer festival came about. John Lifton then explains his hopes for the festival and the private sessions. After Amirkhanian asks for the participants’ input on what they want...
Topics: Lecture and Panel Discussion, New music, 20th century classical, Symphonies, Multimedia (Music),...
Charles Amirkhanian guest hosts on KOTO-FM in Telluride, Colorado with Sunday Morning DJ Steve Trujillo about the Composer to Composer Festival. The program begins with “Chaconne” from Lou Harrison and Richard Dee’s “Suite for Violin and American Gamelan” followed by an interview with Lou Harrison and Larry London. In the interview, Lou Harrison and Larry London talk about their influence of non-western music as “west-coasters,” their affinity for cooperative composition, and just...
Topics: New music, Interviews, Composition (Music), Gamelan music, Just intonation, Harmonic singing, Drone...
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In this short unedited interview for KPFA-FM, Charles Amirkhanian talks with American composer Lou Harrison at his home in Aptos, California. They discuss the benefits of composers talking with one another, methods of creating work in just intonation, and reasons for mixing Eastern and Western instruments in Harrison’s work. Amirkhanian also explains the philosophy behind creating the Composer to Composer festival and the sequence of events Lou can expect as a participant.
Topics: Interview, Music, New music, Composers--20th century, Just intonation
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Charles Amirkhanian and John Lifton discuss the upcoming 1988 Composer to Composer Festival. Amirkhanian begins the program by talking about the upcoming new music festival and the history of festivals in Telluride, Colorado. An overview of the Composer to Composer festival’s mission and the attending composers is also given. “Appalachian Grove” by Laurie Spiegel is then played. John Lifton joins by telephone to talk about the ideas behind creating a festival that was largely based around...
Topics: Interview and Music, Music festivals, Composers -- 20th century, Electronic music, Ambient music,...
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A recording of the first half of the third concert in the 1989 Composer to Composer festival held on August 19th, 1989. Includes works by Julio Estrada and Charles Amirkhanian. Julio Estrada: Memorias (1971) Velia Nieto, piano  Charles Amirkhanian: Politics as Usual (1988) premiere  Tape 
Topics: Music, Piano music, Soundscapes, Tape music, New music
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The second concert of the 1989 Composer to Composer festival held on August 19th, 1989. Includes works by John Lifton, Charles Amirkhanian, Ricardo Dal Farra, Tania León, John Cage, and Conlon Nancarrow. John Lifton: Love Song for Unaccompanied Parrot (1984) John Lifton, Voice Charles Amirkhanian: Never Say Die (Homage to Nicolas Slonimsky) (1989)  Tape  Ricardo Dal Farra: Come ’n Go (premiere)  Jin Hi Kim, komungo; Ricardo dal Farra, electronic processors Tania Leon: Momentum (1984) ...
Topics: Music, New music, Mechanical music, Improvisation (Music), Art songs, Pianola music, Tape music,...
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1. The first concert of the 1989 Composer to Composer festival was held on August 18, 1989. This recording of the first half of the concert features performances by Joan La Barbara, Jin Hi Kim, Morton Subotnick and Tom Johnson. Part 1:  Joan La Barbara: Prologue to the Book of Knowing… (and) of Overthrowing. (1989) Joan La Barbara, voice  John Lifton and Charles Amirkhanian make welcoming announcements as well as reminding the audience of Annea Lockwood’s installation for “Sound Map of...
Topics: Music, Vocalises, Electro-acoustic music, Monologues with music (Electronics), Jazz, Mechanical...
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1. A recording of the first group discussion for August 18, 1989 in Telluride, Colorado during the 1989 Composer to Composer Festival. The composers discuss Music Criticism. Charles Amirkhanian begins by talking about the upcoming panel discussions and setting the stage for a talk about Music Criticism. He also introduces visiting music critic Alan Rich from the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. The composers discuss issues with music criticism, including poor writing, problems with subjectivity in...
Topics: Lecture and panel discussion, Music--Criticism and interpretation, Music critics, 20th century...
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Sep 4, 2020
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Charles Amirkhanian reports on The Expanded Ear music conference, held on April 27-29, 1973 at the Camp de Benneville Pines, in the San Bernardino National Forest.  The speakers featured included Nicolas Slonimsky, Dane Rudhyar, Ken Friedman, and Don Buchla.  A vast quantity of live, experimental, electronic, and new music was performed.  In addition numerous composers were represented by tape pieces.  The highlight of the conference was the Six Acre Jam, performed over a hillside by about...
Topics: Interview and Music, Electronic music, Electro-acoustic, Improvisation (Music), Ambient sounds
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Charles Amirkhanian, presents four releases from the Ars Nova/Ars Antiqua label as well as a choral work by Romanian  composer, Anatol Vieru.  After a brief excerpt of “Three Italian Masques” by Arnold Franchetti, we hear a chamber concerto by the same composer, followed by “Spectra” a composition by Richard Felciano.  Amirkhanian then gets experimental, presenting two pieces played simultaneously. The first piece is identified as the Sonatina Op. 51 for guitar by Lennox Berkeley,...
Topics: Music, 20th century classical, Harpsichord music, Sonatas (guitar)
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1. A recording of the morning composer presentations with Ricardo Dal Farra on August 17, 1989 in Telluride, Colorado during the 1989 Composer to Composer Festival. After four minutes of hearing the group chat and get settled in, Charles Amirkhanian begins by asking about the rehearsals from the pervious night, the problems with Trimpin’s installations, plans for the upcoming concert, and plans for the lunch picnic with the composers. He then introduces Ricardo Dal Farra.  Dal Farra talks...
Topics: Lecture and Panel discussion, Electro-acoustic music, Electronic music, Synthesizer music, Sampling...
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1. A recording of the morning composer presentations at 9:00am with Conlon Nanacarrow and Joan La Barbara on August 16, 1989 in Telluride, Colorado during the 1989 Composer to Composer Festival. The first 30 minutes of the recording consists Charles Amirkhanian discussing the subjects of the upcoming panels and the plans for the upcoming weekend. Amirkhanian then introduces Conlon Nancarrow. Nancarrow then plays a recording of the Arditti Quartet performing his third string quartet. After the...
Topics: Lecture and panel discussion, New music, vocalists, string quartets, Tape music, komungo,...
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Aug 28, 2020
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A bizarre hodgepodge of music, interviews, and stories.  Topics touched upon during this sound collage include public transportation, gender identity, and working in an adult entertainment store.  The program begins with a lengthy piece of jazz for electric guitar, drums, and saxophone, interspersed with the DJs talking about BART and their first experiences with LSD. This is followed by a discussion recorded at La Salamandra in which all things pornographic are discussed.  Next up is an...
Topics: Other Finds, Music, Free improvisation, Discussions in contemporary culture, Homosexuality,...
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Aug 27, 2020
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From trains to freeways, to the chants of native people in Indonesia, to the cast of “Hair” singing on the top of Mt. Tamalpais, this third transmission of KPFA’s groundbreaking series of ambient field recordings from around the world, takes the listener on a virtual tour of the world as it was in 1970.  Join host Charles Amirkhanian as he squeezes the globe into your head phones.
Topics: World Ear Project, Field recordings, Ambient sounds, Soundscapes, Railroad sounds, Animal sounds,...
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Phil Lesh and Gary Lambert invite Clark Suprynowicz, Co-founder and Director of the Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra, into the studio to present a selection of music recorded during a rehearsal by the jazz ensemble.  This program features a variety of works by the members of the 17 piece ensemble, which is dedicated to promoting new jazz composers.  Pieces heard include Suprynowicz’s own “Feather River Suite” for solo violin and jazz ensemble; “Big Jim,” a composition titled after...
Topics: Interview, Music, Jazz
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1. A recording from August 15, 1989 in Telluride, Colorado during the 1989 Composer to Composer Festival. During private sessions, participating composers discuss their work and processes with each other.  The first presentation at 9:00am was by the German born kinetic sculptor, sound artist, and musician, Trimpin. Note: The initial 17 minutes consists of the composers arriving and chatting before the lecture. After an introduction by Charles Amirkhanian, Trimpin discusses his early musical...
Topics: Lecture and Panel discussion, Unconventional instruments, Minimalism, Electro-acoustic, Electronic,...
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The first composers’ session on July 11, 1991 during the Composer to Composer Festival in Telluride Colorado. John Lifton (also co-founder of the festival) and Pamela Z present some of their latest works. John Lifton begins by playing “Packet Song” from his one act opera “Harry Houdini and the False and True Occult”, followed by an excerpt from his work “Neptune Comes to Hopi”, followed by a live rendition of “Love Song for Unaccompanied Parrot”, and “The Seance of Harry...
Topics: Lecture and Panel discussion, Art songs, Electro acoustic music, Operas, Vocalises with electronics
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1. The opening general discussion on Day 3 among composers participating in the 1991 Composer to Composer Festival. Recorded on July 10, 1991 in Telluride, Colorado. Charles Amirkhanian moderates and begins with some opening remarks before addressing the task of programming the upcoming concerts.  The composers then discuss potential topics for panel discussions. Also discussed are the problems with complex notation vs improvisation and the role of improvisation in music. The conversation...
Topics: Lecture and Panel discussion, World music, 20th century classical, Jazz, Current Events,...
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More new music presented by the Grateful Dead’s Rex Foundation, with hosts Phil Lesh and Gary Lambert. This program features the 3rd Symphony of British composer Havergal Brian (1876-1972).  (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: Music, 20th century classical, Symphonies
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Aug 12, 2020
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This is a wonderful work of meditative, electro-acoustic, music that incorporates the sounds of a droning sitar-like instrument layered with a softly playing piano and/or electronic keyboard, mixed with New Age electronic sounds.  Tentatively identified as “Night Music,” the work is thought to have been composed by the Berkeley, California, based William Maraldo, who produced a number of similar Eastern music oriented tape pieces, including the soundtrack to John Schofill’s experimental...
Topics: Electronic music, Electro acoustic music, Drone music
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The second panel discussion on July 14, 1990 during the Composer to Composer Festival focused on censorship and social change. Charles Amirkhanian moderates a discussion with Laurie Anderson, Larry Polansky, Jody Diamond, Ge Gan-Ru, and I Wayan Sadra, including questions and answers with audience members. After playing excerpts from the first two tracks off of 2 Live Crew’s album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be”, conversations begin on numerous topics revolving around the ideas of artistic...
Topics: Lecture and Panel discussion, Current Events, Censorship, Questions and answers, New Music
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1. Opening session on July 14th, 1990 during the Composer to Composer festival in Telluride, CO. Charles Amirkhanian begins with announcements and a reading from the collaboratively composed manifesto by the presiding group about censorship on artists. Panel participants include Gerhard Stäbler, James Tenney, John Lifton, Geri Allen, Ge Gan-Ru, Pauline Oliveros, Roger Reynolds, I Wayan Sadra, Henry Brant, Robert Morris, (Wadada) Leo Smith, Larry Polansky, Laurie Anderson and Hugh Davies....
Topics: New music, Composers--20th century, Lecture and Panel Discussion, Current Events
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This performance was recorded at The Dancers Workshop, 321 Divisadero Street, in San Francisco, September 21, 1968. The occasion was the premiere of this theatre piece (by Charles Amirkhanian) which was based on a single major design. From a balcony, located fifteen feet above the floor of a gymnasium-like studio, objects were dropped down onto the floor for the entire duration of the piece. The audience was seated in a horseshoe formation around the area into which objects were dropped. These...
Topics: Inter-Media and Visual Arts, Performance Art, Electronic music, Inter-media art
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1. A recording of Paul Dresher’s private presentation on July 9, 1991 during the Composer to Composer Festival in Telluride, Colorado. During private sessions composers discuss their work and processes and share recorded examples of their music. Paul talks about his musical background and some of the projects that he’s been involved in, as well as his multimedia works that deal with political matters.   He plays an excerpt from “Cornucopia” which was commissioned by the Saint Paul...
Topics: Interview and music, Composition (Music), Unconventional instruments, Percussion and piano music,...
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This first panel discussion on July 8, 1991 of the Composer to Composer Festival held in Telluride, Colorado. The participating composers included: John Lifton, Paul Dresher, Zakir Hussain, Alan Hovhaness, Tom Zé, G.S. Sachdev, Pamela Z, Alicia Terzian, Janice Giteck, Eleanor Alberga, Louis Andriessen, Fred Ho, and Charles Amirkhanian. Opening remarks by Charles Amirkhanian and Pamela Zoline include topics of past Composer to Composer festivals. The composers then interview and introduce each...
Topics: Lecture and Panel discussion, Current events, Composers--20th century, Music in society and...
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews San Francisco artist Anna Banana, the organizer of the First International Art Meet, a combined conceptual art and sporting competition, which was held on Easter Sunday, March 30, 1975. The Meet included the Banana Olympics, a series of exciting and ridiculous track and field events; the Banana Eating Contest in which participants got one banana and were judged on their ability to amuse the audience with their performance; and a Banana Music Contest, featuring...
Topics: Interview, Bananas, Conceptual art, Music, KPFA-FM
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Recorded on location on August 19, 1980, and with the sounds of ongoing construction heard in the background, Charles Amirkhanian interviews David Landis, the Director of Public Relations for the San Francisco Symphony, about the new Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, which was to have its grand opening in a month’s time. Landis describes many of the then revolutionary acoustic technologies that were incorporated into the building’s design, including its movable fabric banners and acrylic...
Topics: Interview, Orchestral music, Auditoriums, Architectural acoustics, KPFA-FM
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From an interview recorded on March 11, 1983, Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer Laurie Spiegel about her past work with computer music, as well an upcoming concert by the Mostly Modern Ensemble that was to feature a new work for chamber orchestra. A selection of brief excerpts from Spiegel’s better known computer music are played while she offers some information about the types of computer systems and compositional tools she used to create them. Spiegel also describes how her style has...
Topics: Interview, Music, Computer music, Electronic music, KPFA-FM
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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 25, 2020
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A show, produced by Charles Amirkhanian in 1974 while he was in Holland working with VPRO Dutch radio as part of an exchange program, and later broadcast on KPFA in Berkeley as part of the Ode to Gravity series. Amirkhanian introduces music by David Johnson, an American composer who was then living in Cologne, Germany. Johnson, who received his Maters in Composition from Harvard College, was for many years an assistant to Karlheinz Stockhausen and Maurico Kagel, and later went on to form the...
Topics: Interview, Music, Electronic music, KPFA-FM, Animal sounds
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Charles Amirkhanian makes some promotional announcements for an Art show and two Arts journals during his October 18, 1972 radio program, Ode to Gravity. He first whispers an announcement for the Bay Area Roach Clip Show, which was sponsored by the San Francisco Museum of Conceptual Art. This is followed by brief descriptions of, and subscription information for, two Art and Poetry magazines, “Big Sky” published in Bolinas California, and “Odysseus: Magazine of the Arts” published in...
Topics: Promos, Other Finds, Announcements, Arts-Periodicals, KPFA-FM
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Mar 25, 2020
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“Beneath the Horizon I” a piece for 4 tubas and taped whale songs by Priscilla McLean. Mixed and compiled by the composer in the McLean Studio, 1982.
Topics: Music, Electro-acoustic music, Electronic music, Whales
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Mar 25, 2020
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This program includes two pieces by American composer and scholar Kyle Gann. Gann writes: “Mountain Spirit and Baptism represent an attempt to return to a narrative prose form in music, in contrast to the ‘poetic’ reptitions of minimalism. Like all my recent work, both are based on Native American music. Each uses a cyclical form, the cycles of the days and seasons being perhaps the one element of primitive cosmology for which civilized man still has an affinity.” Both works are heavily...
Topics: Music, 20th century classical, Chamber music, Septets
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This recording, originally from an analog 7 inch reel-to-reel titled simply “Cornflakes” compiles 4 text-sound compositions from artists affiliated with the Fylkingen society based in Stockholm; Sten Hanson, Svante Bodin, Diter Rot and Emmett Williams. Fylkingen has been a society for artists working in new and experimental art forms since the 1930’s. The recordings presented here have since been released by the Fylkingen Records label on the compilation “Text-Sound Compositions: A...
Topics: Music, Sound poetry, Electro-acoustic music, Text-sound compositions
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Recorded on March 25, 1974 at the Fireman’s Fund Auditorium in San Francisco, this is a concert of contemporary avant-garde music, presented by the San Francisco Chamber Music Society. Featured works include “Eucalypts II,” a trio for flute, oboe, and harp, by the Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu. This is followed by the first three of Luciano Berio’s “Sequenzas,” scored for solo flute, harp and woman’s voice, respectively. A brief piece for three drummers, entitled...
Topics: Music, Avant-garde, Chamber music, 20th century classical, KPFA-FM
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Mar 18, 2020 Other Minds (Organization)
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Note:  Due to original recording and/or condition when digitized: part 1 ends abruptly and part 2 starts and ends abruptly. Pt 1: Charles Amirkhanian hosts a preview of works by composers participating in the 8th Other Minds Festival on KPFA-FM, February 17, 2002 from 6:30-9:00pm.  In the first half, we hear a gamelan piece and several works for guitar by composer Lou Harrison. A guitar quartet by Brazilian-Armernian composer Ricardo Tacuchian is played followed by another Harrison piece for...
Topics: californiarevealed, Composers--United States--20th century--Interviews, Other Minds Festival
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Charles Amirkhanian hosts Midday Swing on March 19, 1999 from 12-1pm on KPFA-FM. French composer Luc Ferrari is guest. Ferrari, known for his electroacoustic and musique concréte style works was a participating artist in the 5th Other Minds Festival which took place a week after this broadcast. Some local and world news of the day is also part of this hour long program. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Avant-garde (Music), Composers, Other Minds Festival
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Mar 18, 2020 Other Minds (Organization)
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Note:  Due to original recording and/or condition when digitized: digital errors resulting in clicking sound, usually on right channel, such as at 00:06:01. Ears Wide Open was a program broadcast on KPFA-FM in Berkeley, and every year, for several years, the show would preview the upcoming Other Minds Festival, highlighting works of the featured composers. In this recording, broadcast on November 9, 1997 from 9-11pm, Charles Amirkhanian hosts a preview of Other Minds 4. The show’s regular...
Topics: californiarevealed, Composers, Festivals, Music, Other Minds Festival
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Mar 18, 2020 Other Minds (Organization)
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Note:  Due to original recording and/or condition when digitized: abrupt start and distortion for first 15 seconds. Other Minds Festival 8 spot for KDFC-FM, San Francisco classical station, 2002.  Container: OM8 KDFC Commercial. Tape: KDFC OM8 Commercial 2-14-02 Jay Stein, eng. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Music, Other Minds Festival
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Note:  Due to original recording and/or condition when digitized: begins abruptly. Ears Wide Open was a program broadcast on KPFA-FM in Berkeley, and every year for several years, the show would preview the upcoming Other Minds Festival, highlighting works of the featured composers. For this special program previewing OM 5, Other Minds' Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian hosts. Guests interviewed include several of the composers participating that year: Errollyn Wallen...
Topics: californiarevealed, Composers, Music, New music, Other Minds Festival
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A concert by the French Parrenin String Quartet, given at Hertz Hall on the University of California Berkeley campus on July 23, 1968. The program featured works by Béla Bartok, Darius Milhaud, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Claude Debussy. Darius Milhaud: String Quartet No. 13, Op. 268 I. Très décidé II. Barcarolle III. Mexicana Béla Bartok: String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102 BB 110 I. Allegro II. Adagio molto III. Scherzo. Alla bulgarese IV. Andante V. Finale. Allegro vivace Ludwig van Beethoven:...
Topics: Music, Chamber music, String quartets, 20th century classical, 17th century classical
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A concert recording from April 12, 1980, presented at Mills College in Oakland, California. “The World of Darius Milahud” pays tribute to the 20th century French composer, who was also on the faculty of Mills College from 1940-1946, and alternately from 1946-1970. Program: POÈMES JUIFS, Op. 34 Donna Petersen, mezzo-soprano and Karen Rosenak, piano CANTATE DE L'ENFANT ET DE LA MÈRE, Op. 185 Marcello Panni, conductor; Madeleine Milhaud, recitante; Jane Galante, piano; The Kronos Quartet...
Topics: Music, 20th century classical, Composers-- France, Songs with piano, Monologues with music