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A Lecture by Dane Rudhyar, 1973

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 32 mins
Event Type: Lecture / Panel Discussion Program Origin: KPFK

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Recorded during the Expanded Ear music conference on April 28, 1973 at the Camp de Benneville Pines, in the San Bernardino National Forest, Dane Rudhyar gives a half hour lecture on his theories about human culture and music. Inspired from an early age by the idea that all life is cyclical, Rudhyar, who was born in France in 1895 as Daniel Chennevière, moved to the United States in the early 1920s, leaving behind his old presumptions and even his name, and progressed on a path that saw him become a composer, painter, philosopher, and renowned astrologer. Interested in Indian and Asian music, decades before it became fashionable in New Music circles, Rudhyar comments on the differences between the Western classical tradition that sees music as an abstract formation of notes to be written down on a score, with the East’s more holistic view of music as tones that must be performed to be appreciated, and which are closely tied to the emotions and cycles of life. Although the recording is somewhat marred by the intruding sounds of closing doors and distant conversations, the eloquence of Rudhyar and the timeless yet revolutionary aspects of his philosophy, more than makes up for the occasional auditory explosions that punctuate this talk.

Genres:  New Music; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Rudhyar, Dane, 1895-1985; Civilization, Modern; Social change; Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics; Spiritual life
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Rudhyar, Dane, 1895-1985
Recording Date:  4/28/1973
 
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