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Music by La Monte Young

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 89 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Alexander Dea plays a selection of recordings of La Monte Young's early minimalist drone pieces and discusses the composer’s life and works. La Monte Young (born Bern, Idaho, 1935) has pioneered the concept of extended time durations in contemporary music for over 35 years. In addition, his work has played a central role in the development of the use of just intonation in 20th century music, and the growth of the minimalist style. In these recording Young is joined by his long time collaborator Marian Zazeela, as well as John Cale, Jon Hassell, and others.

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Musical Selections:  Drift Studies (1967) [excerpt] / La Monte Young -- B Flat Dorian Blues (1963) / La Monte Young -- The Volga Delta, 23rd of August 1964 / La Monte Young
Performers:  La Monte Young, sopranino saxophone, bowed gong (Dorian ; Volga)
Tony Conrad, bowed guitar (Dorian)
John Cale, viola (Dorian)
Angus MacLise, hand drums (Dorian)
Marian Zazeela, voice drone; bowed gong (Dorian ; Volga)
Genres:  Minimalism; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Minimal music; Drone music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Microtonal music
People:  Dea, Alexander; Young, La Monte; Conrad, Tony; Cale, John; MacLise, Angus; Zazeela, Marian
Recording Date:  3/15/1975
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Map of 49's Dream The Two Systems of Eleven Sets of Galactic Intervals Ornamental Lightyears Tracery (1966-) / La Monte Young
Performers:  La Monte Young, voice, sine waves
Marian Zazeela, voice
Jon Hassell, bass trumpet
Garrett List, trombone
Genres:  Minimalism; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Minimal music; Drone music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Microtonal music
People:  Dea, Alexander; Young, La Monte; Zazeela, Marian; Hassell, Jon, 1937-; List, Garrett
Recording Date:  03/15/1975
 
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