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Ode To Gravity:
Word-Tape Works of Liam O'Gallagher

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 69 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

A program of word art by San Francisco inter-media artist Liam O'Gallagher. O’Gallagher was for many years a painter, and he studied with Hans Hoffmann. In the late 1960s however, he became very active as a leader in the San Francisco Bay Area, of activities in the field of event art, including a collaboration with the pioneering choreographer Anna Halprin on "Ceremony of Us". His book of concrete poetry, “Planet Noise”, was published by Nova Broadcast Press. Perhaps his masterpiece in the field of sound art is “Border Dissolve and Audio Space”, in which he seems to engages a variety of telephone operators in convoluted requests for assistance. In this program, recorded in March of 1970, O’Gallagher introduces sound poems produced especially for this original KPFA broadcast. O’Gallagher died in 2007 at the age of 90.

Warning: some of these pieces include obscenities.

Musical Selections:  Command Module -- [Three More Stories] -- Border Dissolve and Audio Space -- 23 Extensions (1968) -- An Inventory of Change
Genres:  Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Electro-acoustic; Poetry -- Readings with music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; O'Gallagher, Liam; Weissner, Carl
Recording Date:  3/25/1970
First Broadcast Date:  3/25/1970
 
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