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The Electronic Theater Music of Daniel Lentz

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 30 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

In program made in association with WOUB Radio of Ohio University and the Appalachian Lighthouse of Athens, Ohio, Daniel Lentz is interviewed about his Electronic Theater Music which was presented in concert at the Appalachian Lighthouse in 1967. The Lighthouse was a concert space equipped with state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and visual projection equipment, which specialized in multi-media performances. In 1967 it was the setting for a number of performance art pieces presented by Daniel Lentz. This recording begins with a brief interview with Lentz in which he discuses his career and his interest, or lack there of, in multi-media performances. Lentz is then heard describing many of the visual elements of the works performed at the Lighthouse, as excerpts of the audio components are played in the background. Works discussed include his “A Clavichord: Piece” (also know as “A Piano: Piece”),which featured Lentz on stage with a clavichord, shown in varying amounts of light and darkness, as a sparse prerecorded tape was heard and images were projected above him. Another work, “Gospel Meeting,” is a piece of electronic music that slowly grows in volume and intensity as a man, holding a Bible, paces the stage, gesturing and looking at his watch, while his assistants pass a collection plate among the audience. The third work highlighted during this interview is Steve Reich’s text-sound composition “Come Out,” in which two tape loops of words are played first in unison, but then slowly allowed to go out of phase and become increasingly electronically processed, until the words them selves become unintelligible.

Musical Selections:  A Clavichord: Piece [excerpt] (1965) / Daniel Lentz -- Gospel Meeting [excerpt] (1965) / Daniel Lentz -- Come Out [excerpt] (1966) / Steve Reich
Performers:  Daniel Hamm, voice (Come)
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Electronic music; Mixed media (Music); Performance art; Text-sound compositions
People:  Newhart, Byrne ; Lentz, Daniel, 1942-; Reich, Steve, 1936-; Hamm, Daniel
 
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