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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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Other Minds, a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in San Francisco, is a global New Music community where composers, students, and listeners discover and learn about innovative music by composers from all over the world. Other Minds Records, a project of Other Minds, produces a select catalog of contemporary music exploring areas seldom touched upon by mainstream institutions. You can explore their collection of available works here on archive.org, and visit their online store...
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by Sarah Cahill
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01 - Terry Riley: Be Kind to One Another (Rag) (2008/2010) 02 - Meredith Monk: Steppe Music (excerpts) (1997) Frederic Rzewski: Peace Dances (2007/2008) 03 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - I 04 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - II 05 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - III 06 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - IV 07 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - V 08 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - VI 09 - Nano Sonatas, Book 4, ''Peace Dances'' - VII 10...
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The first in a series of programs produced by Peter Yates, highlighting the works of Harry Partch. This program begins with an excerpt from one of Partch's pieces followed by a 1960 interview of Partch by Peter Yates in which he discusses his career.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Microtonal Music, Unconventional Instruments, Harry Partch
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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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On February 12, 1988, KPFA dedicated an entire day to take a closer look at the music and career of Brian Eno, one of the most influential composer, performer, producer, and visual artist of our times. Eno joins Charles Amirkhanian in the studios of KPFA to assist in hosting a day of his music. In a number of far ranging interviews, some previously recorded and some live in the studio, Eno discusses his English adolescence and early musical influences, as well as sharing stories about his work...
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Topics: Interview, Music, Popular Music, New Music, Rock Music, Ambient Music, Electronic Music, Video Art
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by Steve Reich
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A live performance of four early works by Steve Reich: "Four Organs", "My Name Is", "Piano Phase", and "Phase Patterns." This performance marked an important moment in San Francisco Bay Area new music history with the triumphant return to the East Bay by Reich, who studied at Mills College with Luciano Berio, and who performed the 1964 world premiere of Terry Riley's seminal work, “In C", at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. The resonant...
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Topics: Music, KPFA-FM, Minimalism, New Music, Steve Reich, University Museum, UC Berkeley
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by 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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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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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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Amirkhanian introduces a program of poetry from the Dial-A-Poem exhibits organized by John Giorno at the Museum of Modern Art and other spaces. These poems were originally available to the general public via a special telephone number from the The Architectural League of New York. However due to some of the adult content contained in certain pieces the project was threatened with lawsuit’s from concerned, conservative parents and the telephone number was eventually disconnected. John Giorno...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Poetry, Spoken Word
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Gordon Spencer of WBAI in New York presents a program about Louis Hardin, more popularly known as Moondog. From the 1940s up until 1974 Moondog made his living as a street musician and poet in New York City and was typically found near the jazz clubs on 52nd Street. Blind since an accident when he was 16 years old, Moondog was always recognizable in his Viking helmet playing a variety of instruments, some of his own design. In this program Moondog talks about his interests, his influences and...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, Jazz, Avant-Garde, Louis Hardin, Moondog
Dane Rudhyar, well known in New Music circles as a modern composer of often brief, and sometimes dissonant, works for piano, was also a philosopher and author of many books on Astrology. Less deterministic than traditional Astrology, Rudhyar’s system was more a blending of Jungian philosophy with elements of Astrology, Theosophy, and New Age thinking. In this lecture, recorded at the Newman Center in Berkeley California, on March 10, 1972, Rudhyar distinguishes between these two types of...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Dane Rudhyar, Astrology, Psychology, Self-actualization
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by Michael Tilson Thomas
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Disc One Judith Blegen, Soprano and Michael Tilson Thomas, Piano 01 - Toys (For Voice and Piano) Beverly Morgan, Mezzo Soprano Speculum Musicae Vox Clamans in Deserto (for Chamber Orchestra and Mezzo-Soprano) 02 - Vox Clamans in Deserto - I Parting at Morning 03 - Vox Clamans in Deserto - II Son of Mine 04 - Vox Clamans in Deserto - III A Clear Midnight Buffalo Philharmonic 05 - Men Brass Ensemble, Gerard Schwarz, Leader 06 - Angels (Original Trumpet Version) Buffalo Philharmonic Men and...
Topic: Other Classical
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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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Donald Buchla's newest synthesizer, the 700, is introduced to the San Francisco community at a gathering held at the Sake Factory. Charles Amirkhanian interviews the inventor as well as numerous local composers about their experiences with Buchla's creations while we hear in the background people trying out the newest version.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Other Finds, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Buchla
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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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The original cast recording of Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle will Rock, with Blitzstein on piano. From the 78s.
Topics: Music, Opera, Marc Blitzstein
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by 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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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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This is a recording of a concert of live electronic music presented at the University of California in San Diego on April 18, 1968, featuring works by Martin Bartlett, Toshi Ichiyanagi, and Anthony Gnazzo. The original concert program notes, written by Pauline Oliveros, states: For the past twenty years electronic music has been associated with magnetic tape and a stage devoid of performers. The equipment found in most classical electronic music studios was never intended for music-making but...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, electronic, electro-acoustic, mixed media
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One in a series of programs produced by Clark Coolidge that feature the works of late 20th century poets, sound poets, and authors. In this recording, made in San Francisco in August 1969, Tom Veitch reads from his experimental novel “The Luis Armed Story”. Veitch, who is perhaps best known today as an author of graphic novels, including a couple based on George Lukas’ “Star Wars” series of movies, was during the 1960s and early 1970s a major player in the underground comics scene, as...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Words series, Spoken Word, Experimental, Literature
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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A selection of South Indian flute music by Tanjore Viswanathan. The master flute musician performs a number of ragas accompanied by five other musicians playing the violin and assorted traditional Indian instruments.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music, Tanjore Viswanathan
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Three mutant fantasies by San Francisco writer and visual artist Liam O'Gallagher. "2021" is a reply to Philip Geitzen's question concerning whether science fiction will be science fact in 2021. It was the soundtrack for a Geitzen video piece premiered at the Philo T. Farnsworth Memorial event held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco in June of 1971. "Super/Software" is a cut-up text which will appear in O'Gallagher's "The Blue Planet Notebooks", to be...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Spoken Word, Sound Poetry, Electro-Acoustic, Liam O'Gallagher
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From a KPFA program recorded on January 25, 1975, Charles Amirkhanian interviews the British composer, pianist and Socialist, Cornelius Cardew. Charles is joined by Berkeley political composer and founding member of BAPMA (Bay Area Progressive Musicians Association) Eugene Turitz as he and Cardew compare notes on their respective approaches to mobilizing workers. Both Cardew and Turitz had abandoned their bourgeois experimentalist ambitions and were seeking to communicate to working class...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Cornelius Cardew, Music, Interview, Avant-Garde
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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by Dick Higgins
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An interview with intermedia artist Dick Higgins, who discusses his views about California Institute of the Arts, artists and his company, Something Else Press, with Richard Friedman and Anthony Gnazzo. This was recorded Sunday, June 13, 1971, at the KPFA studios, after Higgins resigned his post at Cal Arts. He discusses his reasons for leaving and the problems he faced there. He also gives his ideas on what an arts institute should be like, and why he and his press were moving to Vermont. Dick...
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Topic: Avantgarde
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In April of 1977 Charles Amirkhanian journeyed to Mexico City to talk with composer Conlon Nancarrow, who had settled there after a self-imposed exile from the United States, following the harassment he experienced over his involvement with the Communist Party, and his fighting in the Spanish Civil War. The two discussed the mechanics of composing for the player piano, a process of manually punching literally thousands of holes in long rolls of paper. Nancarrow also relates his association, or...
Topics: Interview, New Music, Conlon Nancarrow
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Morton Feldman interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, January 30, 1986. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Morton Feldman and asks right at the top: Is your music Hermetic? The answers take us on a whirlwind tour of this composers opinions, philosophy, criticisms, recollections and observations. There are excerpts from his Piano and String Quartet as well as his Violin Concerto. Feldman indicates that his compositions, which are usually...
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Topic: 20th Century Classical
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Another in a series of late-night electronic music mixes, produced by the editorial staff of Source Magazine, a bi-yearly publication devoted to avant-garde composers' scores, articles and photographs. Source also produced a series of published music scores, Composer/Performer Edition.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Source Program, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Sound Poetry, Harold Budd
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Ned Sublette introduces a program of five works produced for the broadcast medium by New York composers. These full length, electronic and musique concrète pieces, most of which involve samples from radio and TV broadcasts, provide a fascinating introduction to the experimental music scene of New York during the early 1980s. The composers represented are Peter Gordon, David van Tieghem, Ned Sublette, Maryanne Amacher, Frankie Mann, and the Boris Police Band. This was the first of four...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WNYC, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, New Music FM
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A program of word art by San Francisco intermedia artist Liam O'Gallagher. O’Gallagher, for many years a painter, studied with Hans Hoffmann. In the late 1960s he became very active as a leader in the Bay Area of activities in the field of event art. His book of concrete poetry, “Planet Noise”, was published by Nova Broadcast Press. In this program O’Gallagher introduces sound poems produced especially for this original KPFA broadcast.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Sound Poetry, Electro-Acoustic, Liam...
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews pianist Margaret Leng Tan, recorded on July 17, 1984. Born in Singapore in 1945, Tan is a classically trained musician who is perhaps best known for her performances on the toy piano and other unconventional instruments, and as a renowned interpreter of the works of John Cage and similar avant-garde composers. Tan attended Juilliard where she was the first woman ever to receive a Doctorate from the famous university. Her thesis was on the free or experimental...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interviews, New Music, Composers
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In an interview recorded on May 20, 1984, before a live audience as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium's Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian speaks with Frank Zappa about his forays into, and subsequent retreat from, the world of so called “serious” music. Zappa begins his remarks with the proclamation that Art in America is dead. He then lays the blame for its moribund state on schools that have ceased to educate, a mass media that only entertains but never explores, and the...
Topics: Music, Popular music, Speaking of Music Series, Avant-garde, Interviews
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Computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel discusses her compositional tools and processes with host Jude Quintieré (WBAI). Having recently completed a number of works using the GROOVE system at Bell Labs, Spiegel describes the flexibility of her programs, and her approach to sequencing and real-time manipulation of synthesized sounds. The composer further elaborates on the evolution of her personal interests, especially in regard to her use of specific pitch and rhythmic materials drawn from her...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Laurie Spiegel
John Cage reads: "On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist and His Work", published in his book Silence, and "26 Statements Re Duchamp", and "Jasper Johns: Stories and Ideas", both published in his book A Year From Monday. The lecture begins with an amusing and informative autobiographical introduction to his interest in art and artists, how he became a composer, and how he wrote each of these pieces. This lecture is of great historical value. Recorded at the L.A. County...
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Topics: Avantgarde, Spoken Word, 20th Century Classical
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In 1981 the New Music America Festival came to San Francisco for a week full of concerts, sound installations, and multi-media performances. The fourth concert of the Festival, held on June 10, 1981, included works by Laurie Spiegel, Peter Gena, and George Lewis, as well as a live improvisation by LaDonna Smith and Davey Williams, and two musical performance art pieces by conceptual artist Jim Pomeroy. The concert began with two works by Laurie Spiegel, identified in the program as “The...
Topics: KPFA-FM, New Music America, Music, New music, Performance Art, Improvisation, Mixed Media,...
From a recording made on June 13, 1981 in San Francisco, as part of the New Music America Festival, Laurie Anderson performs selections from her epic work “United States”. Laurie Anderson was born in 1947 in Chicago and received her MFA in sculpture from Columbia University. As a performance and recording artist, she has worked with film-sound-talking pieces for many years, performing at the La Jolla Museum, the Berlin Festival, and various other places in the U. S. and Europe. In this...
Topics: KPFA-FM, New Music America series, Music, New Music, Performance Art, Laurie Anderson
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by Rex Lawson
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Track Listing: Stravinsky: Les Noces Lutoslawski: Variations On A Theme Of Paganini (Arr. Lawson) Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Arr. Lawson) Handel: Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba (Arr. Lawson) Widor: Symphony #5 For Organ - Toccata (Arr. Lawson) Sullivan/Mackerras: Pineapple Poll - Overture (Arr. Lawson) Sullivan/Mackerras: Pineapple Poll - Belaye's Solo (Arr. Lawson) Sullivan/Mackerras: Pineapple Poll - Reconciliation (Arr. Lawson) Sullivan/Mackerras: Pineapple Poll - Finale...
Topic: Pianola
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This review deals with a performance on Dec. 8, 1969, at Mills College, of Robert Ashley’s opera “That Morning Thing”. Charles Shere speaks out against the mainstream media’s reception of the opera as well as the rude reaction of some of the audience.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Opera, Robert Ashley
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This program features a number of pieces by La Monte Young with such cryptic titles as “23 VIII 64 2:50:45-3:11AM, the volga delta” some of which can be played at various speeds, as demonstrated in this recording. Described as some of the most difficult music played on KPFA, Young’s music combines effectively the spirituality of the East with Western intellectual and technical interests. These performances are by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Avant-Garde, La Monte Young
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by Del Sol String Quartet
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Track Listings: Lithuanian Night-Moderato Lithuanian Night-Presto Quartet No.1 for strings in one movement Quartet No.2-Larghetto: Allegro subito Quartet No.2-Lento Quartet No.2-Rondino scherzino-Allegro vivace Quartet No.2-Presto-Cadenza finale Six Little Pieces-Moderato expressivo Six Little Pieces-Allegro Six Little Pieces-Andante Six Little Pieces-Allegro Six Little Pieces-Vivo Six Little Pieces-Adagio Quartet No.3-Allegretto Quartet No.3-Largo Quartet No.3-Scherzo-Quasi presto Quartet...
Topic: Other Classical
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Philip Glass: Music for Two Pianos Wednesday, December 6, 2017, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, CA In honor of his 80th birthday … a benefit for OTHER MINDS Charles Amirkhaninan writes: "Other Minds has hosted its share of inimitables over the past quarter century of promoting maverick new music. But no one deserves that sobriquet more than my brilliant, talented and predictably adventurous friend Dennis Russell Davies. We thank him and Maki Namekawa for generously proposing...
Topics: Other Minds Presents, Music, Piano 4 hands, 20th century classical, Operas
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US Premiere of Amelia Cuni & Werner Durand's Ashtayama - Song of Hours (1997-98) performed at Other Minds 10 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2004. To purchase the studio recording of Ashtayama, please visit the Other Minds webstore at www.otherminds.org, http://otherminds.org/shtml/Ashtayama.shtml. Amelia Cuni, vocals Werner Durand, electronics Uli Sigg, projections first yama: sunrise second yama: morning third yama: midday fourth yama: afternoon fifth yama: sunset...
Topic: World Music
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Music for Solo Guitar by Lou Harrison performed by David Tanenbaum on classical guitar and National steel guitar at the Other Minds Music Festival 8 in San Francisco California. The Sonata in Ishartum (1974) is transcribed for a work for single harp and is dedicated to Randall Wong. This transcription lowers the pitch by a fifth. The Ishartum mode is the "white key" mode on E, and is the essential flamenco mode. It was first found on a Babylonian cuneiform inscription tuning tablet...
Topics: 20th Century Classical, Classical Guitar
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One in a series of programs produced by Clark Coolidge that feature the works of late 20th century poets, sound poets, and authors. This recording, broadcast on October 13, 1969, features a two tape works by Alvin Curran. The first piece, “A Day in the Country: Part 1” is a compilation of ambient recordings made in Italy that range from the sound of children playing to those of a walk along a shoreline. These sounds have then been spliced together so as to form a continuos soundscape...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Words series, Spoken Word, Ambient Sounds, Soundscapes, Electronic Music
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G. S. Sachdev performs an extended concert of music for bass flute, live from the KPFA Studio B. Mr. Sachdev had just completed his first year as a member of the faculty of Ali Akbar College in San Rafael. He is joined by a number of his students for this concert of classical Indian music. During the intermission, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Sachdev about his early training and career as a flute player.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music, Classical Indian, G.S. Sachdev
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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Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Terry Riley at his home in Northern California on June 11, 1983. Riley describes his early childhood experiences with music, his life as a student in San Francisco and his first experimentation with serial and then minimal composition. He goes into great detail about the processes that led to his seminal work "In C". Riley describes his early collaborations with others and his later tendency to work alone. Both Charles and Terry lament the fact...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, New Music, Minimalism, Terry Riley
One in a series of programs originating from the International Service of Belgium Radio and Television in which the works of contemporary 20th century composers are highlighted. In this edition two pieces by American composers performed by the Society of Electronic Music of Buffalo, New York. First is “Le Montons De Panurge” by Frederic Rzewski, a work scored “for any number of musicians playing melody instruments plus any number of non-musicians playing anything”. Rzewski was born in...
Topics: Contemporary Music, KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic
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On December 20, 1972, composer Annea Lockwood appeared live on Ode To Gravity. She was interviewed by Pauline Oliveros, who begins the discussion by reading a number of dreams that she has had involving Annea, although they had not actually met until this day. They go on to discuss their mutual interest in meditation, and in particular sonic meditation. Later a gathering of 30 composers and performers executed Annea's serenity-inducing event for multiple hummers. Among the many guests were Don...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Soundscapes, Annea Lockwood,...
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From a concert recording made in 1963 and not commercially available, Terry Riley performs his “Two Piano Pieces.” Well known for his seminal minimal, or repetitive music, compositions including “In C,” as well as for his association with the master Indian singer Pandit Pran Nath, Terry Riley is also a virtuosic keyboard player, who supported his composting activities by performing at local piano bars. All these qualities are evident in this short, delightful, and rare recording.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Terry Riley
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Robert Ashley joins Charles Amirkhanian, Richard Friedman, and William Maraldo for a discussion about his modern opera, “That Morning Thing”, which was scheduled to be debuted just two days after this recording was made on December 6, 1969. The program begins with a rather detailed description of the opera or work of musical theater, which had no singing, per se, but instead was scored for multiple speakers, many of them prerecorded, and several dancers. The inspiration of the piece,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Opera, Music theatre
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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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John Zorn and Larry Ochs join Charles Amirkhanian to discuss and play a selection of Zorn’s compositions. Among the pieces heard is an excerpt from “Spillane” in which Zorn tries to capture some of the film noir sensibility that imbues the Mickey Spillane novels and the gritty New York City in which they are based, and which Zorn calls home. This is followed by a couple of excerpts from Zorn’s collaborative improvisational work “Cobra” for which he created a number of general rules...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Jazz, Avant-Garde, John Zorn, Larry Ochs
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces recent compositions by this American composer, who since 1947 developed a unique body of complex pieces, all for player piano. Nancarrow was able to punch carefully calculated holes in player piano rolls and make the instrument perform inhumanly difficult figures. His concerns with rhythm and sonority are more advanced than almost any in the world, yet his music makes an immediate impression even to those who don’t normally like avant-garde music. This is music...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Mechanical Music,...
One of a series of programs originating from the International Service of Belgium Radio and Television in which the works of contemporary composers are highlighted. Heard first is “Olympia” by Rudolf Komorous, a work scored for a variety of instruments and sound making devices including flexatone, melodica, mouth-harmonica, nightingale whistles, bells, and and ratchet. Komorous was born in Prague but has made his home in Canada where he has taught at the University of Victoria. The second...
Topics: Contemporary Music, KPFA-FM, Music, Avant-Garde
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Other Minds, Inc., in association with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, presented Other Minds Festival V at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, March 25-27, 1999. The fifth Other Minds festival featured composers Linda Bouchard, Mary Ellen Childs, Luc Ferrari, Alvin Lucier, António Pinho Vargas, Julian Priester, Sam Rivers, Errollyn Wallen, and special guest artist Margaret Leng Tan. Each concert was preceded by a panel discussion with the evening’s artists,...
Topics: Music, Electro-acoustic, Chamber music, Other Minds Festival, OM 4, Art songs
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One of the best known sound poets in the world is Bob Cobbing, a dynamic gentleman with a sonorous voice and lovely accent, who was active as a poet, performer, and composer of text-sound compositions. Cobbing also was a producer and collector of concrete or visual poetry, and his bookstore, Better Books of London was a leading distribution point for avant-garde poets during the 1960s and 70s. In this program Cobbing talks about his early work as a teacher and later as a publisher of visual...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview, Sound Poetry, Bob Cobbing
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Recorded during a televised performance on KQED in San Francisco, Warner Jepson performs Robert Erickson’s “Piece”, a 1965 composition scored for two toy pianos and bells, with some of the instruments pre-recorded on tape. The deep resounding bells are elegantly juxtaposed with the higher, tinkling, sounds of the toy pianos in this early electro-acoustic composition. Robert Erickson, was a noted author and educator, whose students included Morton Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley,...
Topics: Music, New Music, Electro-acoustic, Electronic muisc, Bell music, Toy piano music
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Three recordings of orchestral works by Joseph Frederick Wagner, performed by a variety of orchestras, including his “Concertino,” for harp and orchestra, with Susann McDonald on harp and Mehli Mehta conducting the American Youth Symphony in a live performance recorded on Oct. 22, 1972. Born in 1900, Joseph Frederick Wagner was a composer, conductor, author, and founder of the Boston Civic Symphony in 1924. He is perhaps best known for his choral piece “Ballad of the Brotherhood,” but...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Symphonies, 20th Century Classical
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces the life and music of Colin McPhee (1901-1964), with commentary by Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison. A classically trained pianist and composer, McPhee became prominent in the 1930s modern music movement in New York. His life and music changed direction when he discovered Balinese music in 1931. He moved to Bali and thoroughly studied the indigenous music. McPhee composed music incorporating Balinese themes. His book Music in Bali, is the definitive text on the...
Topics: Documentary, 20th Century Classical, World Music
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A recording of “Zion I” by Jan Paul Wendt. According to the accompanying literature found with the tape, and likely written by the composer: “The palace of holiness in the midst is the true meaning of the word Zion, symbolizing the center of the wheel of life that radiates, in time and space, all the endless and diverse manifestations of its ever-becoming breath of life or prana." “(Nothing else need to be added. Additional information could be enlightening??...)" “This...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electronic, Electro-Acoustic, Ambient sounds
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Charles Amirkhanian and Robert Hughes interview the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen in July of 1979. Andriessen is a third generation Dutch composer, whose work has been strongly influenced by his socialist politics. In this interview he discusses his work with two Dutch ensembles with leftist leanings and how in such a situation even a conductor is considered too authoritarian. The three also talk about the role the Dutch Government plays in financing the arts and how that differs from the...
Topics: Interview, Avant-Garde, 20th Century Classical, Louis Andriessen, KPFA-FM
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During the 1970s in Italy, a group of visual poets stirred up quite a scene around Florence. The ring leader, a young poet who goes by the name of Sarenco issued a periodical called Lotta Poetica (Poetic War), a communist, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist monthly devoted primarily to poetry with visual elements. Members of this Gruppo 70 as they came to be called included Eugenio Miccini, Luciano Ori, Lucia Marcucci, Giusi Coppini, Michele Perfetti and Lamberto Pignotti. Here is a report on...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Sound Poetry
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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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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
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Charles Amirkhanian and George Cleve talk with noted Maestro, Carlos Chávez, just before his appearance as conductor/musical director of the 1971 Cabrillo Music Festival in Aptos California. Chavez talks about his musical careers, as a composer, conductor, and founder of the Mexico City Symphony. He tells about the time he conducted a work by Varese in Mexico in 1924. And he talks about his work as music director of the Cabrillo Music Festival. This program, recorded during a live broadcast on...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, New Music, 20th Century Classical, Carlos Chavez
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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
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In a program that was probably first broadcast in 1969 or 1970, Bennett Tarshish presents the works of six 20th Century Swedish composers. The program begins with a piece of electronic music by Jan Morthenson, entitled “Neutron Star”. Next, is a work scored for soprano and chamber ensemble called “Landscape of Dreams” by Maurice Karkoff. This is followed by an electro-acoustic work by Jan Bark, called “Bar”, on which the composer plays all the instruments as well as providing all...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Swedish Composers
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A recital of harpsichord music by Jean Nandi, recorded on December 12, 1971 at the Berkeley Piano Club. Ms. Nandi plays a selection of works by Louis Couperin, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Domenico Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, & Lou Harrison.
Topics: Music, Harpsichord, Jean Nandi
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From a program first broadcast in 1969, Howard Hersh introduces a veritable cornucopia of songs composed by Erik Satie, with a sprinkling of Satie’s solo piano music and a song cycle by his friend Claude Debussy included for added seasoning. Although Satie is perhaps best known for his serene works for solo piano as well as his many dramatic works, he also produced a selection of song cycles and cabaret songs. While motivated by the fees such popular songs demanded in turn of the 20th century...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Art songs, piano music, cabaret music
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Richard Felciano, a member of the faculty at UC Berkeley, whose album “The Music of Richard Felciano”, has been issued by Composers Recordings, Inc. Felciano introduces a number of his works including a December 1975 live performance of a piece for 14 carillons located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area all playing simultaneously. Felciano also discusses the challenges facing contemporary composers of new music.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Richard...
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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