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Interview & Music

You Must Wear Earphones 35 min Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Ron Williams, a student of psycho-acoustics and composer, talks about his experiments with binaural recording, which he hopes will lead toward a process of recording which will exactly simulate the human hearing experience. Williams has...
Zappa as DJ, 1968 97 min Popular Music
From a program recorded in 1968, Tom Donahue interviews Frank Zappa about his life and work, and allows the irreverent rock star to present some of his favorite music. The ensuing free form program ranges from surf music, doo-wop, jazz,...
Comparatively Speaking Bach’s Cantatas 67 min Classical Music
Matthew Holdreith presents another program in his Comparatively Speaking series in which he juxtaposes varying performances of popular classical music. In this recording he examines Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas and oratorios, paying...
Comparatively Speaking Transcriptions of Bach’s Chorales & Sonatas 65 min Classical Music
Originally broadcast in February 1980, Matthew Holdreith presents another program in his Comparatively Speaking series, in which he examines various transcriptions of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. In this recording, a number of...
Composer's Corner Mandala Music by Loren Rush 58 min 20th Century Classical
New Music
In what was a preview for KPFA’s first concert in the Performer’s Choice Series, held in February of 1963, Loren Rush presents rehearsal out-takes of his group improvisation piece, “Mandala Music”. Joining him for a discussion of...
Difference Tone A Cristal Concert 62 min Unconventional Instruments
20th Century Classical
A program dedicated to the marvelous glass instrument, the Cristal, invented by the Baschet brothers of Paris in 1956. Consisting of glass rods, the Cristal is played by rubbing the rods with wet fingers, the way one would a wine glass,...
Evening Concert Nicolas Slonimsky 115 min 20th Century Classical
Classical Music
Charles Amirkhanian provides a brief background sketch of the life and music of Nikolai Miaskovsky (1881-1950), who composed during both Tsarist and Stalinist Russia. A recording of the composer's “Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor”, Op....
Evenings on the Roof Harry Partch Series No. 1 55 min Microtonal Music
Unconventional Instruments
This is the first in a series of programs produced by Peter Yates in the mid-1960s, highlighting the works of Harry Partch. This program begins with an excerpt from one of Partch's pieces followed by a fascinating 1960 interview of Partch...
Evenings on the Roof Harry Partch Series No. 4 55 min Microtonal Music
Unconventional Instruments
After an introduction by Peter Yates, Harry Partch introduces himself, his 43-tone scale, and demonstrates his instruments. A number of Partch's pieces are then heard with a brief introduction to each. Towards the end of the program,...
Folk Music with Rolf Cahn Mance Lipscomb 52 min Popular Music
Folk Music
In a program originally recorded in May of 1963, Rolf Cahn and Phil Huffman talk to Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb, about his life and music. He describes growing up as a Baptist in the South, the balance between singing and playing music,...
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