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Morning Concert:
Lars-Gunnar Bodin and New Music from Sweden

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 141 mins
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

From a program originally recorded on February 24, 1975, Charles Amirkhanian interviews visiting composer Lars-Gunnar Bodin, live in the studios of KPFA. Bodin, one of the most prominent composers in Sweden, is a leading practitioner of text-sound composition and electronic music. At the time of this recording Bodin was in the middle of a world tour that would take him to India and Iran, and yet he found the time to sit down with Amirkhanian to talk about his music as well as present a selection of compositions by other Sweden based composers. Much of the program is devoted to listening to Bodin’s “From Clouds.” The composition, elements of which were to accompany a large multi-media and theatrical piece entitled “Clouds,” features organ and other musique concrète sounds, all heavily processed by means of tape manipulation and analog synthesizers. After listening to the piece in its entirety, Bodin plays it again this time providing a running commentary on the techniques he employed in its creation. For anyone interested in the history of 20th century electronic music this interview provides some fascinating insights on various tricks that can be utilized in composing electronic music. Also included in the program are numerous examples of sound poetry or text-sound compositions by Bodin, Sten Hanson, and François Dufrêne , as well as works for instrumental ensemble and orchestra by Jan Morthenson and Sven-David Sandström, and electro-acoustic and electronic works by Bengt Emil Johnson and Tamas Ungvary.

Part 1 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  Dedicated to You II (1971) (2:58) / Lars-Gunnar Bodin -- How Are You? (1969) (2:20) / Sten Hanson -- Hurly-Burly-ric Rock (1966) (5:53) / François Dufrêne -- Revolution (1970) (3:40) / Sten Hanson -- A Living Man [excerpt] (1972) (3:51) / Sten Hanson -- Disappearances, for piano and tape (1974) (8:19) / Bengt Emil Johnson
Performers:  Mats Persson, piano (Disappearances)
Genres:  Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Fylkingen (Society); Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; Piano and electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Bodin, Lars-Gunnar, 1935-; Hanson, Sten, 1936-; Dufrêne, François, 1930-1982; Johnson, Bengt Emil, 1936-; Persson, Mats, 1943-
Recording Date:  2/24/1975
First Broadcast Date:  2/24/1975
 
Part 2 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  Under the Surface, for six trombones (1971-73) (5:28) / Sven-David Sandström -- Five Pieces, for orchestra (1974) (10:51) / Jan Morthenson -- From Clouds [based on the multi-media work “Clouds”] (1971) (17:14) / Lars-Gunnar Bodin
Performers:  Israel Symphony Orchestra (Five)
Lukas Foss, conductor (Five)
Genres:  Avant-Garde; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Avant-garde (Music) ; Brass sextets (Trombones (6)); Orchestral music; Electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Bodin, Lars-Gunnar, 1935-; Sandström, Sven-David ; Morthenson, Jan W., 1940- ; Foss, Lukas, 1922-
Recording Date:  2/24/1975
First Broadcast Date:  2/24/1975
 
Part 3 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  From Clouds [talked over with descriptive information] (1971) (17:14) / Lars-Gunnar Bodin
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Bodin, Lars-Gunnar, 1935-
Recording Date:  2/24/1975
First Broadcast Date:  2/24/1975
 
Part 4 of 4:  
Musical Selections:  The Basic Barrier (1973) (7:29) / Tamas Ungvary -- Among II (1971) (4:55) / Bengt Emil Johnson
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Electronic music; Computer music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Bodin, Lars-Gunnar, 1935-; Ungvary, Tamas, 1936- ; Johnson, Bengt Emil, 1936-
Recording Date:  2/24/1975
First Broadcast Date:  2/24/1975
 
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