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Morning Concert:
Computer Music from Stanford

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 133 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

On November 16 & 17, 1978, a concert of provocative and exciting new electronic tape pieces, produced at the Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Center, was presented at the Stanford Museum of Art. Here is a program featuring a majority of those works by such composers as John Chowning, Gareth Loy, Paul Wieneke, Bill Schottstaedt, and kindly provided to KPFA by composer Michael McNabb of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Most of these works were realized using the Systems Concepts digital synthesizer and unlike the early electronic music of John Cage and David Tudor, this first generation of digitally synthesized music is smooth and soothing to the ear. The composers join Amirkhanian in the studio to discuss the various techniques they used to create their compositions. Also in this program is the San Francisco Bay Area premiere of “Phosphones”, a computer generated work by New York composer Emmanuel Ghent. This tape work, provided to KPFA by the composer, was created at the Bell Labs on the GROOVE Hybrid System.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Omnes amici mei (ca. 1611) (6:00) / Carlo Gesualdo -- Dreamsong (1978) (9:13) / Michael McNabb -- Dreamsong [played again] (1978) (9:13) / Michael McNabb -- Oracle-4:00 AM (1978) (7:23) / Paul Wieneke
Performers:  Deller Consort (Omnes)
Alfred Deller, conductor (Omnes)
Marilyn Barber, soprano (Dreamsong)
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; 17th century classical; Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices), Unaccompanied; Songs (High voice) with computer; Computer music; Computer composition; Musique concrète; Music, concrete
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Gesualdo, Carlo, principe di Venosa, 1560 (ca.)-1613; Deller, Alfred; McNabb, Michael, 1952-; Barber, Marilyn (Soprano); Wieneke, Paul
Recording Date:  1/11/1979
First Broadcast Date:  1/11/1979
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Sandcastle (1978) (9:10) / Bill Schottstaedt -- A Study (1979) (5:19) / Gareth Loy -- Stria (1977) (15:41) / John Chowning -- Lions are Growing [text by Richard Brautigan] (2:30) / James “Andy” Moorer -- We Stopped at Perfect Days [text by Richard Brautigan] (1:30) / James “Andy” Moorer -- Phosphones (1971) (13:00) / Emmanuel Ghent -- Appalachian Grove I [excerpts] (1974) / Laurie Spiegel -- Mars in 3-D [Incidental music for NASA film] (1979) (3:50) / Michael McNabb
Performers:  Charles Shere, voice (Lions ; We Stopped)
Tim Weisberg, flute (We Stopped)
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; Computer music; Computer composition; Synthesized speech music; Flute and computer music; Motion picture music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Schottstaedt, Bill, 1951-; Loy, D. Gareth; Chowning, John M.; Moorer, James Anderson; Brautigan, Richard; Shere, Charles, 1935-; Weisberg, Tim; Ghent, Emmanuel; Spiegel, Laurie, 1945-; McNabb, Michael, 1952-
Recording Date:  1/11/1979
First Broadcast Date:  1/11/1979
 
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