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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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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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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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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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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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by Ned Rorem
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Track Listing: Songs for a Girl - John Dryden To the Willow Tree - Robert Herrick Echo's Song - Ben Johnson Upon Julia'S Clothes - Robert Herrick The Silver Swan - Orlando Gibbons Psalm 134 - Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord ... Psalm 148 - Praise Ye The Lord, Praise ye the Lord from the he avens Psalm 150 - Praise ye the Lord, Praise God in His Santuary The Lordly Hudson - Paul Goodman Snake - Theodore Roethke Rain in Spring - Paul Goodman Root Cellar - Theodore Roethke...
Topic: Other Classical
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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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Gordon Spencer of WBAI in New York presents a program about Louis Hardin, more popularly known as Moondog. From the 1940s up until 1974 Moondog made his living as a street musician and poet in New York City and was typically found near the jazz clubs on 52nd Street. Blind since an accident when he was 16 years old, Moondog was always recognizable in his Viking helmet playing a variety of instruments, some of his own design. In this program Moondog talks about his interests, his influences and...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, Jazz, Avant-Garde, Louis Hardin, Moondog
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Ned Rorem reflects on his work and being an American composer in this re-broadcast of an Ode To Gravity program from November 16, 1987. Interviewers Charles Amirkhanian and Fleur Paysour refer to Rorem's writings in The Nantucket Diary and The Paris Diary to discuss various topics, from setting poems and the decline of the art song to gender and race politics in music. Rorem gives reviews of a number of 20th-Century poets and composers, and registers his distaste for "specialization"...
Topics: Ned Rorem, composers, performers, poets, 20th Century Classical
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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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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by Experimental Intermedia Foundation
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By 1979, when this program was first broadcast on KPFA, Phill Niblock’s loft in the SoHo district of New York City, had become the site of a series of exciting concerts of avant-garde and electro-acoustic music. These concerts were then packaged into a series of hour-long radio programs entitled “Concerts by Composers” and distributed to interested radio stations around the United States. This first program in the series, narrated by composer Ned Sublette, features music by Tom Johnson,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Concerts by Composers, Music, Interview, Electronic music, New music, Bell music
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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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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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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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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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A selected number of excerpts from all Other Minds CD releases to date (1999-2013) Catalogue Nos. OM1001-1022. For more information about Other Minds, visit: otherminds.org
Topic: Other Minds Records, OM Records
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The 1987 New Music America Festival was held in Philadelphia during the first two weeks in October. Produced by the local ensemble Relâche, this 10 day extravaganza of adventurous musical programing featured over 20 concerts, lectures, and sound installations. A wide range of sonic delights were offered, ranging from 20th century classical works for instrumental ensemble, to examples of experimental electronic wizardry, to incomparable improvisational jazz extravaganza’s, all performed by a...
Topics: 20th century classical, Music, New music, Unconventional instruments
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In an interview recorded on December 6, 1984, before a live audience of 1000 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium's Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian speaks with Laurie Anderson about songs from her album, “Mister Heartbreak”. Anderson discusses the influences on many of the songs on that album including “Kokoku” and “Sharkey's Day”. In addition, the composer explains this album's departure from her former release, “Big Science”, which contained the hit song...
Topics: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium, Interview and Music, Popular Music, New Music,...
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Phil Elwood presents the complete recordings of two concerts organized by John Hammond and given on the Christmas Eves of 1938 and 1939 at Carnegie Hall; featuring the best Swing, Blues, and Gospel musicians of the day. Performers include Charlie Christian, Lester Young, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Bill Broozy, and many others
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Jazz, Jazz Archives, Phil Elwood
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David Byrne interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, October 8, 1991. Charles Amirkhanian speaks with David Byrne about his new album, Uh-Oh--which was to be released in February, 1992--and the heavy Brazilian and Afro-Cuban influences he brought to the music on the album. Listen to a number of recordings and videos of Davids solo or collaboration work, along with a piece by another artist (Tom Ze). David also plays a couple of songs...
Topic: World Music
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A live recording of a concert by Philip Glass given on July 2, 1978 as part of the New Sounds San Jose concert series.  This program includes a number of pieces for organ, written in Glass’ trademark minimalist style, as well as a piece for orchestra and electronics by an unidentified composer.  Born in 1937, Philip Glass is one of the most influential American composers of the late 20th century.  He is the best known composer of repetitive or minimalist music, and has produced a number of...
Topics: KPFA-FM, New Sounds San Jose, Philip Glass, Music, New Music
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From a concert recorded on July 27, 1966, a selection of traditional and contemporary Koto music. The concert begins with “Midare Rinzetsu,” which is roughly translated as “disorder” or “unorthodox.” It is for two kotos, and is in the dan-mono style of the Ikuta school, and is generally ascribed to the 17th century master koto player, Yatsuhashi Kengyō. This is followed by “Matsukaze” which means ”wind in the pines.” The work, which is believed to have been composed by the...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music, Koto Music
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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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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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Computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel discusses her compositional tools and processes with host Jude Quintieré (WBAI). Having recently completed a number of works using the GROOVE system at Bell Labs, Spiegel describes the flexibility of her programs, and her approach to sequencing and real-time manipulation of synthesized sounds. The composer further elaborates on the evolution of her personal interests, especially in regard to her use of specific pitch and rhythmic materials drawn from her...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Laurie Spiegel
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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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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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A program prepared by KPFK music director, William Malloch, on the orchestral music of Silvestre Revueltas, the colorful Mexican composer. Malloch illustrates the composers tendency to orchestrate Mexican folk music and compares two performances of Sensemayá in which the tempos of the piece varies dramatically. Also included is the broadcast of a rare recording of a lengthy suite compiled by the conductor Jose Limantour, from Revueltas music to the film La Noche de los Mayas. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, KPFK, Interview and Music, Orchestral Music, 20th Century Classical, Silvestre Revueltas
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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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From a program recorded on December 7, 1989, Henry Kaiser interviews fellow avant-garde jazz guitarist Derek Bailey. Bailey is an English guitarist who started out as a rather conventional commercial session player, but in the early 1960s he met Gavin Bryars and other experimental avant-garde musicians and soon forged his own unique style of guitar playing. His distinctive playing typically features unusual notes and timbres, often in unique juxtaposition to each other, as well as different...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Music, Improvisation, Jazz, Guitar music
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by Nicolas Slonimsky
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In these recorded comments by Slonimsky, his musical world (classical/avant garde) and that of Frank Zappa (popular/avant garde) came together primarily due to the publication of a book by Slonimsky on scales and harmonies that attracted Zappas attention. Slonimsky recounts his acceptance of an invitation by Zappa to play with his Rock Band. He also recounts how amazed he was when he observed Zappas scores for classical music which looked far out like something Edgar Varese would write, a...
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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
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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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by Jonathan Cott & John Cage
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A lively 1963 interview of John Cage by Jonathan Cott. The discussion covers several aspects of Cages creative process and aesthetic. At every turn Cott antagonizes Cage with challenging questions. In addition, he quotes from numerous sources (including Norman Mailer, Michael Steinberg, Igor Stravinksy and others) criticizing Cage and his music. Includes a performance of Aria with Fontana Mix featuring vocalist Cathy Berberian. This program is notable particularly for the challenging stance of...
Topics: Interview, New Music, John Cage
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This is a tape realization of John Cage’s 1958 composition “Fontana Mix”. More of an indeterminate plan for a piece than a piece itself, “Fontana Mix” has a graphic score consisting of 10 sheets of paper with curved lines and 12 transparencies, 10 of which contain a varied number of randomly distributed dots, 1 with a straight line, and the last with a grid pattern. According to Cage’s instructions these sheets could be superimposed upon each other and then interpreted so as to...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, New Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, John Cage
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From a KPFA program recorded on January 25, 1975, Charles Amirkhanian interviews the British composer, pianist and Socialist, Cornelius Cardew. Charles is joined by Berkeley political composer and founding member of BAPMA (Bay Area Progressive Musicians Association) Eugene Turitz as he and Cardew compare notes on their respective approaches to mobilizing workers. Both Cardew and Turitz had abandoned their bourgeois experimentalist ambitions and were seeking to communicate to working class...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Cornelius Cardew, Music, Interview, Avant-Garde
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This 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 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 this edition of Ode To Gravity Charles Amirkhanian presents a selection of art songs by Ned Rorem interspersed with excerpts from Rorem’s book, “Music from Inside Out”, in which the composer discusses history and art of song writing. For additional works by Rorem be sure to check out the recently released CD “The Songs of Ned Rorem”, from the Other Minds record label and available at www.otherminds.org.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, Art Songs, Ned Rorem
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In the late 1970s and early 1980s the Experimental Intermedia Foundation held a series of exciting concerts of avant-garde and electro-acoustic music at Phill Niblock’s loft in the SoHo district of New York City. These concerts were then packaged into a series of hour-long radio programs entitled “Concerts by Composers” and distributed to interested radio stations around the United States. This eigth program in the series features music by Nicolas Collins, Ron Kuivila, Daniel Goode, &...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Concerts by Composers, Music, Interview, Electronic music, Electro-Acoustic,...
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by Henry Cowell
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Henry Cowell talks about his life and plays examples of his music from his entire career as a composer—a fascinating document. He mentions the diversity interests from his childhood, giving up violin at age 8, hearing Irish tunes hummed by his father, early American Ozark mountain tunes sung by his mother. Living in San Francisco, he was exposed to international influences, playing and humming along with his Japanese, Chinese & Tahitian playmates.
Topics: Documentary, New Music, Henry Cowell, Orchestral Music
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Alan Hovhaness Concert recorded February 25, 1978 at St. John's Church in Berkeley, California. This concert was presented by 1750 Arch Street. Alan Hovhaness, composer & pianist Hinako Fujihara, soprano Jean Hovhaness Nandi, harpischord Part I Couperin: Pieces de Clavecin, Ordre XIII Hovhaness: Sonata for Harpsichord, Op. 306 (Premiere) Celestial Canticle for Soprano & Piano, Op. 305 (Premiere) Total Length 44:44 Part II: Hovhaness: Sonata for Piano "Ananda", Op. 303...
Topic: 20th Century Classical
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Russ Jennings interviews La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela about their new collaborative work, The Well Tuned Piano. This work is the culmination of a life long interest in just intonation on the part of Young and also incorporates the light art of Zazeela. The two also discuss the influence that Pandit Pran Nath has had on their art.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Performance Art, Minimalism, La Monte Young
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Based on an interview with John Cage, conducted by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music in San Francisco, this Ode to Gravity program was heard nationwide over the NPR satellite. Amirkhanian begins with a quick history of Cage's musical upbringing, leading into an interview conducted with Cage during preparation for the San Francisco Symphony's "all-Cage" evening in 1983. The program opens with a performance of "Double Music" (1941) written jointly by...
Topics: Avant-garde, 20th Century Classical, KPFA, John Cage
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by Conlon Nancarrow
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Disc One 01 - Study No. 3a 02 - Study No. 3b 03 - Study No. 3c 04 - Study No. 3d 05 - Study No. 3e 06 - Study No. 20 07 - Study No. 41a 08 - Study No. 41b 09 - Study No. 41c Disc Two 01 - Study No. 5 02 - Study No. 6 03 - Study No. 14 04 - Study No. 22 05 - Study No. 26 06 - Study No. 31 07 - Study No. 35 08 - Study No. 4 09 - Study No. 32 10 - Study No. 37 11 - Study No. 40a 12 - Study No. 40b Disc Three 01 - Sonatina 02 - Study No. 1 03 - Study No. 2 04 - Study No. 7 05 - Study No. 8 06 -...
Topic: Modern Era
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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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A live broadcast of a concert of traditional Chinese music performed by the Flowing Stream Ensemble, given at Hertz Hall on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley on March 9, 1977. Ensemble director and performer, Betty Wong, introduces the pieces and provides some background information about the music and the instruments used to perform it.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, World Music, Flowing Stream Ensemble
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Fred Frith joins Charles Amirkhanian for a brief discussion on Hans Reichel, a musician/friend/collaborator, and "a master craftsman" of guitars. (Frith and Reichel performed together later that week). Frith also comments on the noise/free music/improv scene, and his compositional work at the time. Program portion ends with selection of Frith's "Technology of Tears", a piece written for dance.
Topics: Fred Frith, Interview, Free Improvisation, Unconventional Instruments, KPFA-FM, Hans Reichel
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Arthur Berdahl conducts the Fresno State College String Orchestra in Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052.” This recording is from a concert given on Feb. 24, 1955 with Carl Post performing on piano. Dr. Arthur C. Berdahl was a longtime professor of music at Fresno State College and the founder of symphonic music in Fresno, California. From 1932 to 1954, Berdahl conducted the Fresno State College Symphony Orchestra and taught music theory, composition, and other...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Arthur Berdahl, Music, Classical Music
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews the great jazz pianist, Keith Jarrett, before a live audience on January 23, 1986, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. Keith Jarrett had recently suffered from a self-described “breakdown” and was reevaluating many thing in his life in May of 1985 when he began making a series of overdubbed improvised music pieces which were especially satisfying to him, as they are for most everybody else who hears them. (These recordings...
Topics: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium, Interview and Music, Jazz, Keith Jarrett
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A performance of Harold Budd's “Madrigals of the Rose Angel”, recorded at Cal Arts in March, 1993.
Topics: Music, 20th Century Classical, Harold Budd
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Gordon Mumma was born in 1935 in Framingham, Mass. One of the originators of the ONCE Festival, he has also established, in collaboration with Robert Ashley, several tours of contemporary music productions. Mumma’s composition “Mograph-Interleaf-Mograph” makes use of large sections of electronic music materials. The “Interleaf” section, by itself called “The Dresden Interleaf (13 February 1945) In Memoriam,” is almost entirely electronic, being composed on four-channel magnetic...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electronic, Electro-Acoustic, New music, Piano music, Aleatory music
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Originally released as an insert into the seminal avant-garde “Source” magazine, this is a recording of members of Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), performing Allan Bryant’s “Pitch Out” for three guitars and electronics. Musica Elettronica Viva was the premiere experimental electronic music ensembles performing live music during the 1960s and 70s. Bryant, a founding member of MEV, is an American composer noted for his reexamination of the electric guitar as a source of electronic sounds...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-acoustic, Electronic, Aleatory music, Guitar music
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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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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Charles Amirkhanian introduces an electronic, allegorical journey of a man towards self-realization, composed between January 1970 and December 1972 by the English composer, Trevor Wishart. This 80 minute musical narrative incorporates diverse natural ambient and electronic sounds, and was made at the University of York Electronic Music Studio, in England. Ever changing, always interesting, this is a masterful work of auditory montage, that will transport the attentive listener through an...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Soundscapes, Trevor Wishart
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This is the first of two programs devoted to the works of the largely forgotten German-American composer, Johanna Magdalena Beyer (1888-1944). Beyer, who died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was a pioneering avant-garde composer who’s works would be lost if it were not for the preservation work of the American Music Center in New York City, to which she had donated her scores prior to her death. Beyer was by most accounts a tall, angular,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Avant-Garde, Johanna...
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Terry Hawkins presents a program of traditional Christmas carols performed by a variety of famous opera singers,choirs, and orchestras. The recordings heard are of a consistent high quality and Hawkins provides valuable commentary as to the origin of many of these very familiar songs. Even those for whom Christmas may not be a religious holiday should enjoy these soaring and inspirational melodies.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Choruses, Christmas music, Classical 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 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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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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01 - Prelude (arr. Trimpin) 02 - Blues (arr. Trimpin) 03 - I. Presto 04 - II. Moderato - Piu allegro 05 - III. Allegro molto 06 - I. Allegro molto 07 - II. Prestissimo 08 - Piece for Tape 09 - Study for Player Piano No. 30 10 - Para Yoko (arr. Trimpin) 11 - Study for Player Piano No. 50 (arr. Trimpin) 12 - Study for Player Piano No. 51 (arr. Trimpin) 13 - Contraption No. 1 14 - Making the Hole-punching Machine 15 - How Long does It Take to Punch a Roll 16 - Terraced Dynamics 17 - Ethnic Music...
Topic: Other Classical
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Track Listing (Disc 1): Antheil: Valentine Waltzes - Waltz #1 Antheil: Valentine Waltzes - Waltz #2 Antheil: Valentine Waltzes - Waltz #3 Antheil: Valentine Waltzes - Waltz #4 Antheil: Valentine Waltzes - Waltz #5 Antheil: Valentine Waltzes - Waltz #6 Antheil: Valentine Waltzes - Waltz #7 Antheil: Valentine Waltzes - Waltz #8 Antheil: Valentine Waltzes - Waltz #9 Antheil: Valentine Waltzes - Waltz #10 Antheil: Valentine Waltzes - Waltz #11 George Antheil / Antheil: 8 Fragments From Shelley - 1....
Topic: Modern Era
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by Morton Feldman, Charles Shere
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Morton Feldman Interviewed by Charles Shere, July, 1967. This wide ranging literate, and always fascinating conversation between composer Morton Feldman and writer/composer/journalist (and former KPFA music director) Charles Shere touches on the work of various composers, performers, artists, and writers. Feldman talks about ways of composing, including his own, and to what degree a composer is "on the make" with regard to his audience. The composers Feldman and Shere discussion...
Topics: Interview, 20th Century Classical
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In an program recorded in March of 1957, the French composer Pierre Boulez is interviewed by Alan Rich, Robert Erickson and a panel of distinguished and learned musicologists and composers. Sounding at times like a doctoral dissertation defense, the young Frenchman attempts to clarify the role, or lack there of, of development and structure in the avant-garde music being produced by a new wave of European composers such as himself, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and others. Boulez’s comments about...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Pierre Boulez, Alan Rich, Robert Erickson, Interview, Avant-Garde, New Music, 20th Century...
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A program of traditional Chinese classical music, introduced by Charles Amirkhanian. It was recorded as a live concert given on December 1, 1972 at 1750 Arch St. in Berkeley California, and is one of the earliest live broadcasts from 1750 Arch, in what was to be a long running series on KPFA. The Ensemble is led by Betty and Shirley Wong, and is composed of San Francisco Bay Area performers. After the music Charles talks with Betty and Shirley Wong, and Winston Wu about the ensemble and the...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Flowing Stream Ensemble, Interview, Music, World Music
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The Warsaw Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music is one of the oldest and best known musical festivals devoted to contemporary classical music. This recording, from a concert held on Nov. 8, 1962 (or possibly 1963) features performances of Niccolò Castiglioni’s “Aprèslude”, Anton Webern’s last orchestra work “Variations”, and Edgar Varèse’s “Arcana”, the only orchestral piece that Varèse still allowed to be played. The first two pieces are performed by the Polish Radio...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Orchestral Music, 20th Century Classical
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Field recordings from the San Diego Zoo, recorded on Nov. 14, 1968 by Pauline Oliveros. Many various animals and bird calls are heard in this recording of ambient sounds that is refreshingly free of crowd noise.
Topics: KPFA-FM, World Ear Project, Other Finds, Soundscapes
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by Kate Stenberg, Eva-Maria Zimmer
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Track Listing: Tombeau 5 Stucke, Op. 41 - 5 Stucke, Op. 41: Jazz Kate Stenberg, Eva-Maria Zimmer / Violin Sonata * - Violin Sonata: Ballade Kate Stenberg, Eva-Maria Zimmer / Rippling The Lamp Violin Sonata - I. Vibrante Agitato Violin Sonata - II. Buoyant Violin Sonata - III. Mistico Intense Violin Sonata - IV. Allegro Kate Stenberg, Eva-Maria Zimmer / Sonata No. 2 For Violin, Piano And Drums Khirgiz Suite, Op. 73a - I. Variations Khirgiz Suite, Op. 73a - II. A Khirgiz Tale Khirgiz Suite, Op....
Topics: Other Classical, Other Minds Records, OM Records
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This is a recording of Robert Erickson’s 1974 composition “Summer Music,” which is scored for violin and tape, and is performed here by Daniel Kobialka on violin. The work represents a masterful merging of electronic sounds with a haunting violin melody in which each element complements each other without ever sounding forced or overly manipulated. Robert Erickson, was a noted author and educator, whose students included Morton Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, and Paul Dresher....
Topics: Music, Violin Music, Electronic Music, New Music
Charles Hamm, noted historian and musicologist specializing in American music both serious and popular, visited KPFA in October 1980. In this program Hamm discusses developments in South African and American popular music with Charles Amirkhanian and Chris Strachwitz, illustrating his comments with many recorded examples. Hamm, who has been involved with the study of Zulu popular music in particular reports on what he discovered during a trip to Africa. In addition Hamm traces the manner in...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, Popular Music, World Music, Charles Hamm
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From a program recorded on September 9, 1992, guitar virtuoso and professor, David Tanenbaum joins Charles Amirkhanian for a second program of contemporary guitar music, this time focusing on new works for guitar and instrumental ensemble. Works heard include two by Dutch composer, Chiel Meijering, performed by the Amsterdam Guitar Trio with additional help from violist, Esther Apituley. Also included in this program is a composition for guitar, oboe d’amore, and orchestra by Tōru Takemitsu,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Guitar music: Music, Interview, 20th century classical
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On January 28, 1992, John Cage delivered a series of lectures at Stanford University in Palo Alto California in early 1992, just a few months before his death. Representing his last major writing, “Overpopulation and Art” is a mesostic poem that covers a wide variety of Cage’s concern’s, from the implications of technology on the environment to the role of art in society. Although often remembered as a radical composer of aleatoric music, John Cage was also a extremely intelligent man,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Poetry, John Cage
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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