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Bland I by Bengt Emil Johnson 16 min Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Recorded in stereo quadraphonic and given the rather obscure title of “1/1970; (Bland) [(among)] I” this is an engaging piece of electronic music by the Swedish composer and sound poet Bengt Emil Johnson. In assembling a variety of...
Blues from the Green Earth Café 91 min Popular Music
Excerpts from a benefit concert for KPFA, held at the Green Earth Café in San Francisco on April 16, 1977, featuring a number of relatively obscure Bay Area blues musicians. The program begins with the down home blues music of harpist J....
Blurp! by Peg Ahrens 8 min Sound Poetry
Originally conceived as the soundtrack for a video sculpture piece, Blurp!, is a collage of strange vocalizations, recorded individually and then mixed together by Peg Ahrens in 1974. The sounds, all made by the human voice, vary from...
Chamber Concerto by Robert Erickson 21 min 20th Century Classical
New Music
Ralph Shapey conducts the Hartt Chamber Players in a performance of Robert Erickson’s “Chamber Concerto”, composed in 1960. Born in Michigan in 1917, Erickson studied composition with Ernst Krenek and Roger Sessions, before...
Charles Ives: A Centennial Celebration 95 min New Music
Orchestral Music
Nicolas Slonimsky conducts the New Haven Civic Orchestra in the performance of works by Charles Ives, Edgard Varèse, and his own, recorded in 1974.
Cheap Imitation by John Cage 24 min New Music
Recorded on May 20, 1971 at the first of two concerts at the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, this is the first half of John Cage’s 1969 composition for solo piano, “Cheap Imitation.” This work was later revised for...
Choral Music of Edward Elgar 52 min Classical Music
20th Century Classical
From a tape that was found in the KPFA library and broadcast on April 1, 1971 with a general appeal to the listening audience to “name that tune,” this is a selection of music for organ and a large mixed choir. At the time of that...
Classical Indian Music: A Live Concert by G.S. Sachdev 122 min World Music
G. S. Sachdev performs an extended concert of music for bass flute, recorded live in KPFA’s Studio B on July 6, 1971. Mr. Sachdev had just completed his first year as a member of the faculty of Ali Akbar College in San Rafael. He is...
Computer Music by Justus Matthews 16 min Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Four works of early electronic music by Dr. Justus Matthews, Professor of Music at California State University in Long Beach. These works were composed on the PDP 15/40 computer at the Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) in Stockholm in the summer...
Concert for the 57th Esperanto Conference 77 min 20th Century Classical
New Music
A recording of a concert given in honor of the members of the 57th Esperanto Conference. The concert begins with the “Pampeana No. 1,” by Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera. This is followed by four pieces of Chinese classical...
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