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Charles Amirkhanian: Oratora Konkurso Rezulto (Portrait of Lou Harrison, 1970)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 15 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: C Amirkhanian

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An original text-sound composition by Charles Amirkhanian, produced at the KPFA studios and incorporating the sounds of the voice of Lou Harrison, recorded in his home in Aptos, CA, by KPFA Chief Engineer George Craig. Amirkhanian composed a cut-up text in Esperanto, a favorite language of Harrison's. Many of the phrases were taken from a contemporary newspaper written in that international language. Also intruding from time to time are ambient sounds of Mr. Harrison's household. The original monaural field recordings were mixed into a four-track master that was premiered on the first-ever four-channel broadcast, produced by two stations simultaneously: KPFA (Berkeley) and KSAN (San Francisco). This is an early iteration of Amirkhanian's experiments with the spoken word as material for tape composition.

Musical Selections:  Oratora Konkurso Rezulto (Portrait of Lou Harrison) (1970) / Charles Amirkhanian
Genres:  Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Esperanto; Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles
First Broadcast Date:  11/14/1970
 
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