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Ode To Gravity:
Amuck Amuck

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 55 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

An appreciation of selected verbal activities as presented by Charles Amirkhanian. From Dial-A-Prayer and Gertrude Stein to the Ketjak (or Kecak), Harry Partch, the Congo, and world champion bowler Don Carter, this program is an aural collage of sound poetry, excerpts from literature, ephemeral programs, and televised sound bites. Also included is a complete performance of Steve Reich's “It's Gonna Rain”.

Musical Selections:  [a prayer from Dial-A-Prayer] -- [an inspirational message and prayer from Dial-A-Prayer] -- [an inspirational message from a phone advice line] -- [excerpt from the foreword to Gertrude Stein's "Geography and Plays”] / Sherwood Anderson -- If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso (1924) / Gertrude Stein -- [excerpts from "Popular Sayings Dissected"] / A. Wallace -- [unidentified piece] / Harry Partch(?) -- [excerpts from "Popular Sayings Dissected"] / A. Wallace -- Kecak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant [excerpt] -- [poem/song in a foreign language (possibly from the Congo) ] -- [unidentified sound poetry] -- [excerpt from “Treasure Island”] / Robert Louis Stevenson -- [excerpt from pronunciation guide recording] -- [unidentified sound poetry] -- [excerpt from television advertisements] -- It's Gonna Rain (1965) / Steve Reich
Genres:  Sound Poetry; Poetry
Subject:  Dial-a-message telephone calls; Poetry; Text-sound compositions; Sound poetry
People:  Partch, Harry, 1901-1974; Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946; Reich, Steve, 1936-; Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941; Wallace, A. ; Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894
First Broadcast Date:  2/24/1971
 
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