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Charles Amirkhanian Interviewed on Radio Adelaide (Dec. 1, 2011)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 170 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: Radio Adelaide

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Charles Amirkhanian visited with host Grahame Dudley of Radio Adelaide, Australia, on December 1, 2011 (9am-12pm).

"Imagine that you were asked to create a 60-second 'commercial' in the form of a work of new music which was to be aired on a European rock station. Furthermore, that the sound of the piece was, in some way, to exemplify the cultural connection between France and the U.S. Via immigration, migration, domination, and through war and peace, the populations of these two nations have, by the late 20th century, taken on striking multi-cultural profiles, which in the allotted time can be only hinted at here. My solution was to collage snippets of various ethnic musics, both from the former French colonies and from Cajun and Native American music."

Dudley plays a selection of music by Amirknanian, including a couple of pieces dedicated to the musical biographer and raconteur Nicolas Slonimsky.

They also discuss the life and works of Austrailian born composer Percy Grainger, including a story about a memorable evening spent in Grainger’s house.

RADIO ADELAIDE is a listener-supported community radio station.

Musical Selections:  Chu Lu Lu, tape work (0:50) (1992) / Charles Amirkhanian -- Dumbek Bookache, a text sound composition (2:12) (1986) / Charles Amirkhanian -- Just, a text sound composition (4:28) (1972) / Charles Amirkhanian -- Heavy Aspirations: Portrait of Nicolas Slonimsky, a text sound composition (5:58) (1973) / Charles Amirkhanian -- Vers les Anges: For Nicolas Slonimsky, for Synclavier (6:03) (1990) / Charles Amirkhanian -- Walking Tune, for wind quintet (3:26) (1900-05) / Percy Grainger -- Walking Tune: A Room-Music for Percy Grainger, a musique concrète work (27:43) (1986-87) / Charles Amirkhanian -- John Cage in Conversation with Morton Feldman: Radio Happening, No. 1 of 5 [excerpt] (2:30) (1966)
Performers:  Charles Amirkhanian, voice (Dumbek ; Just)
Nicolas Slonimsky, voice (Heavy)
Subject:  New music; Electronic music; Text-sound compositions; Sound poetry; Musique concrète; Music, concrete; Wind quintets.
People:  Dudley, Grahame; Amirkhanian, Charles; ; Grainger, Percy, 1882-1961; ; Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995; Cage, John; Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987
Recording Date:  12/01/2011
First Broadcast Date:  12/01/2011
 
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