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Music Review:
Source & Space

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 18 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

In this brief program, recorded in May 1971, Charles Amirkhanian reviews issues 7 & 8 of “Source: Music of the Avant-Garde,” a biannual periodical of unusual music and art, as well as “Space” a book of poetry by Clark Coolidge. “Source,” published by Larry Austin, Stanley Lunetta, and Arthur Woodbury, was an extraordinary magazine that presented articles, musical scores, and even included actual 10” discs of recorded music. Devoted to the avant-garde, it was a premiere publication for electronic music and intermedia art that was otherwise overlooked by the more mainstream press. Amirkhanian describes the spiral bound format that combined exceptional production values with a do-it-yourself sensibility, while also listing some of the content, including works by John Cage, Mark Riener, & Alvin Lucier, among others. Amirkhanian then turns his attention to “Space” by Coolidge, describing the main types of poems included, which ranged from somewhat typical, albeit radically modern verse, to even more experimental forms of concrete poetry, in which ordinary words, and even letters, are carefully arranged on the page in a style that is reminiscent of some of the works by Gertrude Stein.

Musical Selections:  Fed Drapes [a poem] (c. 1970) (0:41) / Clark Coolidge -- Styro [a poem, excerpt] (c. 1970) (0:30) / Clark Coolidge -- [unidentified poem, excerpt] (c. 1970) (0:16) / Clark Coolidge
Performers:  Charles Amirkhanian, reader
Genres:  New Music; Poetry
Subject:  New music; Poetry; Source; music of the avant garde; Source (Sacram. Calif.)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Coolidge, Clark, 1939-
Recording Date:  5/11/1971
First Broadcast Date:  5/11/1971
 
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