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Other Minds Festival:
OM 11, Concert 2: 01 "Son of Metropolis San Francisco" by Charles Amirkhanian

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 28 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: Other Minds

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OM 11 presented a 60th birthday tribute to Other Minds founding artistic director Charles Amirkhanian featuring the San Francisco concert premiere of his radiophonic tape piece, “Son of Metropolis San Francisco”. The work is a part-abstract, part-representational audio snapshot of idiosyncratic Bay Area sounds, ranging from barking elephant seals at Ano Nuevo Beach to a runaway overflow valve next to a hot tub at Harbin Hot Springs. In between, listeners hear Tongan gardeners, a Chinese sitcom, and conga drummers at Ocean Beach, manipulated on a Synclavier digital synthesizer and ultimately offset by a hypnotic and meditative organ chorale. Originally commissioned by Studio 3 Hörspiel of the West German Radio in Cologne, and New American Radio for the NPR satellite system, the work has been broadcast internationally, but is best heard in a concert hall. Composed in 1986 in the Oakland studio of Henry Kaiser and with his assistance, the music was performed over a surround-sound array of state-of-the-art loudspeakers from the noted Berkeley, CA firm Meyer Sound. This condensed 26-minute version of the original 55-minute work “(Metropolis San Francisco”) was made in 1997.

Musical Selections:  Son of Metropolis San Francisco (1986,1997) (27:19) / Charles Amirkhanian
Genres:  Hörspiel; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Hörspiel; Soundscapes (Music); Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Ambient sounds; Musique concrète; Music, concrete; Text-sound compositions
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles
Recording Date:  2/25/2005
 
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