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Ode To Gravity:
Seven American Women Composers

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 70 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian plays selections from an LP he produced called “New Music for Electronic and Recorded Media - Women in Electronic Music”. The music on this album exhibits an exciting, wide-open, freewheeling approach to the medium of electronic music which was typical of this genre in the late 1970s. No longer were composers obsessively concerned with the agonizing, expressionistic, and purely "electronic" (synthesized) sound formulas which marked much of the electronic music composed between the mid-1950s and the late 1960s. Instead, by the 1970s composers were willing to mix media and sonic materials in thoroughly inventive ways to achieve ends which were new-sounding, and often more engaging, than that of the "academic" avant-garde. Several composers represented here were deeply concerned with Eastern music and its subsequent metamorphoses into such popular forms as Rock and Roll. Still others brought to bear a sense of wit and satire that was rarely a prominent feature of avant-garde music in the early 1960s. This first anthology of women's electronic music demonstrates great refinement and skill at work in a variety of different styles, several of which were unfamiliar or new even to those who followed contemporary music.

- Charles Amirkhanian

Musical Selections:  Music of the Spheres (1938) (5:59) / Johanna Magdalena Beyer -- World Rhythms (1975) (8:28)/ Annea Lockwood -- Bye Bye Butterfly (1965) (8:09) / Pauline Oliveros -- Appalachian Grove I (1974) (5:37) / Laurie Spiegel -- I Could Sit Here All Day (1976) (6:25) / Megan Roberts -- Points (1973-74) (5:32) / Ruth Anderson -- New York Social Life (1977) (3:32) / Laurie Anderson -- Time to Go: for Diego (1977) (2:58) / Laurie Anderson
Performers:  Phil Loarie, voice (Sit Here All Day)
William Novak, voice (Sit Here All Day)
Danny Sofer, drums (Sit Here All Day)
Electric Weasel Ensemble: (Spheres)
Charles Amirkhanian, triangle (Spheres)
Donald Buchla, mixing, (Spheres)
Brenda Hutchinson, pulse control (Spheres)
Scott Johnson, guitar, organ (Spheres)
David Morse, easel synthesizer (Spheres)
Stephen Ruppenthal, easel synthesizer (Spheres)
Allen Strange, easel synthesizer (Spheres)
Genres:  New Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; Lockwood, Annea, 1939-; Oliveros, Pauline, 1932-; Spiegel, Laurie, 1945-; Roberts, Megan, 1952-; Anderson, Ruth ; Anderson, Laurie, 1947-; Women composers; Songs with instrumental ensemble; Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; New music; Ambient sounds; Percussion music; Music for meditation
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; Lockwood, Annea, 1939-; Oliveros, Pauline, 1932-2016; Spiegel, Laurie, 1945-; Roberts, Megan, 1952-; Anderson, Ruth ; Anderson, Laurie, 1947-; Loarie, Phil; Novak, William; Sofer, Danny ; Buchla, Donald; Hutchinson, Brenda; Johnson, Scott, 1952-; Morse, David ; Ruppenthal, Stephen; Strange, Allen
Recording Date:  1/20/1978
First Broadcast Date:  1/20/1978
 
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