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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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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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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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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...
Topic: Other Classical
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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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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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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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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
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Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interviews
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Gordon Spencer of WBAI in New York presents a program about Louis Hardin, more popularly known as Moondog. From the 1940s up until 1974 Moondog made his living as a street musician and poet in New York City and was typically found near the jazz clubs on 52nd Street. Blind since an accident when he was 16 years old, Moondog was always recognizable in his Viking helmet playing a variety of instruments, some of his own design. In this program Moondog talks about his interests, his influences and...
Topics: KPFA-FM, WBAI, Interview and Music, Jazz, Avant-Garde, Louis Hardin, Moondog
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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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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
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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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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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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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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An interview with Henri Chopin and his family, recorded by Charles Amirkhanian and Carol Law at Chopin’s home in Ingatestone, Essex, on April 3, 1972. Chopin’s English wife Jean assists in translating from French to English during this discussion about Chopin’s early work, influences, and recent publications. Also joining in the discussion is Chopin’s daughter Brigitte who is also an artist. Henri Chopin was an active member of the French avant-garde from at least 1950 until his death...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Sound Poetry, Text-sound composition, Henri Chopin
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This is a half hour long piece of entrancing music for the clavinet, that appears, at least to the untrained ear to have been influenced by Indian ragas. The clavinet is an electronically amplified clavichord and produces a sound quite similar to an electric guitar, despite it being a keyboard instrument. Don Cardoza has studied piano with Carlo Busotii and Michaiko Kolbiaka, among others, and he studied composition with Wayne Peterson, Fred Fox, and Ton De Leeuw at the Amsterdam Conservatory...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Don Cardoza
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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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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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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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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
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,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the director of Opus One Records, composer Max Schubel, who was visiting the Bay Area while working on music for a film. Opus One specializes in unusual avant-garde music that is easily found in record stores since all the albums are printed in Fluorescent colors. Schubel talks about his upcoming issues and plays new test pressing of some of them.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Opus One...
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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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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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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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As of May 1973 when this program was recorded, Shandar Records of Paris had produced a series of 14 impressive record albums by avant-garde composers and performers including Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Karlheinz Stockhausen, La Monte Young, Pandit Pran Nath, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray, and Sun Ra. The owner of the company, Chantal d'Arcy talks in Paris with Philip Freriks, a reporter for VPRO/Amsterdam about the record company and her views on new music. Charles Amirkhanian also...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Minimalism, Shandar Records
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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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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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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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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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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, Professor of Assyriology at the University of California at Berkeley, about an LP ”Sounds from silence; Recent discoveries in ancient Near Eastern music” which documents a previously unknown musical composition dating from around 1400 BC. This ancient fertility hymn from Ugarit caused an international sensation when modern research made available for the first time, the knowledge necessary for the translation of ancient clay tablets...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview, Ancient Music
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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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A recording of a concert of new music held on August 26, 1963 at the Pocket Theatre in New York City as a benefit for the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. According to a New York Times review the star of the event was a rhythmic music machine created by the Fluxus artist and composer Joe Jones. The machine, called a Melchior (sp?), looked like a coat tree and included two violins, metronomes, a clock, some Japanese wood chimes, a fan, and apparently a small steam engine, under...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, New music, Mechanical musical instrument music, Unconventional Instruments,...
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Turkish born, Ilhan Mimaroğlu, about his company Finnadar Records. Mimaroğlu , a record producer and a composer in his own right, founded Finnadar in a partnership with Atlantic Records, in order to present avant-garde and new world music to the American audience, as well as a means to publish his own compositions.  In this interview, recorded in October of 1975, Mimaroğlu discusses the challenges of recording and selling avant-garde and electro-acoustic music...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Avant-Garde, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Ilhan Mimaroglu
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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 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
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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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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Two works by the famed microtonal composer Ivan Wyschnegradsky. The first work, “Meditation sur 2 themes de la ‘Journée de l’Existence’” is scored for cello in ⅓-, ¼- and ⅙-tones with piano. This is followed by “Etude sur la carré magique sonore” a 1956 composition for semitone piano. The performers are Jacques Wiederker, cello , and Martine Joste, piano. Wyschnegradsky was a Russian-born composer who in the early 1920’s designed the first quarter-tone piano. For the next...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Microtonal Music, 20th Century Classical, Ivan Wyschnegradsky
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Laurie Anderson's record release party for O Superman 7" (and Walk The Dog) (released on 110 Records) on April 28, 1980 at The Kitchen in New York City. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Laurie Anderson, Bob George, John Gibson, Phill Niblock, Roma Baran and Ken Friedman. Like Hitchcock's "Rope" this slice of reality in one take features Amirkhanian wandering through a dense crowd of revelers, nabbing interviewees spontaneously as they appear in his peripheral vision. No splices!!
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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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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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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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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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This edition of The Morning Concert features Parisian composer Eliane Radigue. Host Charles Amirkhanian explores Radigue’s background as a student of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, her compositional technique involving synthesizers and tape recorders, and her life as a composer and Tibetan Buddhist. Radigue discusses the compositional and performing processes involved in her "combinatory" music, and explains how she has adapted to the lack of acceptance of her music in Paris....
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Soundscapes,...
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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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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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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 reads an excerpt from Gertrude Steins “Portraits and Repetition” which was originally published as part of the author’s “Lectures in America.” In what is a fascinating explanation of the Stein style, presented in the Stein style, the famed avant-garde poet and author defends herself against the common criticism that her literary portraits of fellow artists are full of repetition, by insisting that as long as the emphasis is different then there is no repetition....
Topics: KPFA-FM, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Literature
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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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Radio station WFMT in Chicago presents the second of six broadcasts from Navy Pier, as part of the fourth New Music America Festival. Charles Amirkhanian hosts, assisted by composer and vocalist, Joan La Barbara. The concert begins with a string quartet by John J. Becker, the first deceased composer to have their work performed at a New Music America Festival. This is followed by a work for solo cello by Joseph Paul Taylor and “Tableaux Vivants” a work for flutes and two voices, by Larry...
Topics: KPFA-FM, New Music America, Music, Interview, New Music, Mixed Media
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These are two selections from a concert of 20th century classical compositions by Japanese composers performed by the NHK Symphony Orchestra with Yūzō Toyama, conducting. The two works heard are “Legend for Orchestra” by Toshiya Sukegawa and “Two Tableaux for Orchestra” by Michio Mamiya. Little known in the United States these works are fine examples of the state of contemporary classical music in Japan during the 1960s. Note: The quality of the recording is not as good as could be...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Orchestral
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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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Randy Weston and African Rhythms perform new and classic works of Weston's at Other Minds Music Festival 8 in 2002 at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco California. The music, according to Robin D.G. Kelley, New York Times jazz critic and NYC African Studies Professor, "...pushes the African rhythms to the foreground and always tries to work within a framework true to the source, whether it's the West African dance music called highlife or sacred songs from Morocco. These forms fit...
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Composer's Forum Panel Discussion from the 1st Other Minds Festival held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Almost all the composers featured in the Festival briefly discuss their work with excerpts of selected pieces being heard.
Topics: Other Minds Festival of New Music, Lecture, Panel Discussion, New Music, OM 1
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A series of programs produced by the Independent Composers Association of Los Angeles in cooperation with the Olympics Arts Festival. Six composers were commissioned to create sound works for radio which could be transmitted during the period of the pre-Games Arts Festival in the Los Angeles area and nationally via American Public Radio. Gail Eichenthal introduces each segment. Program 1: A new work by John Cage, completed at the West German Radio in Cologne. “HMCIEX” is the work’s title....
Topics: KPFA-FM, 1984 Olympics, Radio, Music, Text-sound compositions, Electronic music, Electro-acoustic...
Larry Jackson introduces a concert featuring works by six contemporary West Coast composers, performed by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, under the direction of Jean-Louis LeRoux, at the Fireman’s Fund Auditorium in San Francisco on March 22, 1976. The pieces heard are the trio “Timepiece” by Lawrence Moss, two songs by Loren Rush and Robert Basart, a quintet called “Capriccios” by Karl Kohn, and two world premieres, “Dualities” for solo harp by David Sheinfeld, and...
Topics: KPFA-FM, San Francisco Chamber Music Society, Music, 20th Century Classical, Chamber Music
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The fourth concert of the 1980-81 season of the San Francisco Chamber Music Society featured Morton Subotnick and friends, commemorating this composer-clarinetist’s appearance at the first Society concert held on November 21, 1961. In this return engagement, Subotnick performs Beethoven’s “Trio in B-Flat, Op. 11” as well as his own “Two Life Histories: A Melodrama.” The concert then concludes with Béla Bartók’s “Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.” In his “Two Life...
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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