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The Unfortunate Diving Duck Trilogy, Part 8: “Quality Full of Hard Fact”

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 94 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: R. Pritchard

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Encumbered with the rather unwieldy title of “The Unfortunate Diving Duck Trilogy, Part 8: ‘Quality Full of Hard Fact,’” this is an extended audio montage presented by Anthony Gnazzo and friends at 1750 Arch Street in Berkeley CA, and broadcast live on KPFA, on February 25, 1977. In typical Gnazzo fashion this program includes snippets of conversation, old musical standards, electronic and ambient sounds, and general moments of lunacy. Some of the program is devoted to previously recorded tape works, such as Gnazzo’s “The Art of Canning Music,” while other parts seem to have been presented live, especially for this broadcast. Highlights include a spoken word piece in which the phrase “we are all going to die” is repeated with a variety of inflections; the short World War II propaganda ditty “Hitler Has Only Got One Ball;” two works of electronic music, one rather frenetic while the other is a lengthy drone piece; a work for piano music and spoken word which starts soft and ends with a shout; and a reading of a children’s story about five ducklings of confused parentage. Ever eventful and often very funny this “concert” is typical of Gnazzo’s genius for absurdity and juxtaposition, and should provide much enjoyment for all listeners equipped with a suitable sense of adventure.

Musical Selections:  [extended auditory collage of overlapping spoken descriptions, old standards, lives of saints, studio chatter, etc...] -- [spoken word performance of the phrase “we are all going to die”] -- Art of Canning Music (1976) / Anthony Gnazzo -- Hitler Has Only Got One Ball [to the tune of “Colonel Bogey March” by Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts, (a.k.a. Kenneth Alford)] -- [unidentified electronic music] -- [piano music with spoken word performance culminating in word “schizophrenia”] -- [unidentified electronic drone music] -- The Quinducklets: The Adventures of Five Little Ducks Who Were Quinducklets [a children’s story] / Ruth & Helen Rames
Performers:  Anthony Gnazzo
Gretchen Garlinghouse
Ingram Marshall
Alden Jenks
Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; Sound Poetry
Subject:  Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Musique concrète; Music, concrete; Electronic music; Drone music
People:  Cooper, Richard ; Gnazzo, Anthony, 1936; Garlinghouse, Gretchen; Marshall, Ingram, 1942-; Jenks, Alden; Alford, Kenneth J. ; Ricketts, Frederick J. (Frederick Joseph) ; Rames, Ruth; Rames, Helen
Recording Date:  2/25/1977
First Broadcast Date:  2/25/1977
 
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