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Morning Concert:
Experimental Musical Instruments

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 135 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Since it was first published in 1985, the magazine “Experimental Musical Instruments”, has exposed a growing readership to dozens of very unusual instruments and approaches to music-making. This bimonthly, 16 page newsletter also featured reviews of concerts, books, and records as well as an expanding letters section which acted as a forum for music enthusiasts. On the cover of the inaugural issue, editor Bart Hopkin states that “EMI is for people interested in new and unconventional musical sound sources. Instrument designers, builders and players, composers, acousticians, scholars and, I think, anyone with an adventurous turn of mind will find something of value here.” Hopkin joins Russ Jennings to discuss this publication and share recordings of many of the very special instruments featured in its pages. Some of the unusual instruments heard include the cristal, car horn organ, large wind harps and long string instruments. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Lettre au Colette [excerpt] / Michel Deneuve -- Believe It Or Not / The Glass Orchestra -- Star Spangled Banner / Wendy Mae Chambers -- Dixie / Wendy Mae Chambers -- When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again / Wendy Mae Chambers -- [unidentified piece for car horn organ] / Wendy Mae Chambers -- Internal Sound [a sound installation] / Terry Fox -- [a recording of the Puget Sound Wind Harp] / Ron Konzak -- [a recording of an Aeolian Harp] -- Brushing Out the Tracks / Ellen Fullman
Genres:  Unconventional Instruments; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Hopkin, Bart, 1952-; Baschet, Bernard; Baschet, François, 1920-; Unconventional instruments; Musical instruments; Musical instrument makers; Avant-garde (Music); Electro-acoustic; Sound sculpture; Experimental Musical Instruments
People:  Jennings, Russ; Hopkin, Bart, 1952-; Deneuve, Michel, 1955-; Chambers, Wendy Mae; Fox, Terry, 1943-; Konzak, Ron; Fullman, Ellen, 1957-
Recording Date:  3/31/1986
First Broadcast Date:  3/31/1986
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Clay Music / Barney Childs -- The Way [1st movement] / David Cope -- [a piece for The Semi-Civilized Tree] / Nazim Ozel -- Sandwich / Tom Nunn & Chris Brown -- [a demonstration of the Clay Ocarina] -- [a demonstration of the Disorderly Tumbling Forth] -- [a demonstration of a Waterphone] -- [samples of instruments built by Bart Hopkin] -- The Great American Slide Whistle / Bart Hopkin
Genres:  Unconventional Instruments; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Rawcliffe, Susan; Rowell, Sharon ; Waters, Richard A.; Unconventional instruments; Musical instruments; Musical instrument makers; Avant-garde (Music); Electro-acoustic; Sound sculpture; Experimental Musical Instruments
People:  Jennings, Russ; Hopkin, Bart, 1952-; Childs, Barney; Cope, David; Ozel, Nazim; Nunn, Tom; Brown, Chris, 1953-
Recording Date:  3/31/1986
First Broadcast Date:  3/31/1986
 
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