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Ode To Gravity:
New Works of Liam O'Gallagher (1971)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 56 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

Three mutant, sci-fi, fantasies by San Francisco writer and visual artist Liam O'Gallagher. His concrete poetry and cut-up writings, often heralded a future of artificial intelligence, space migration, and expanding consciousness as is shown in these three works form the early 1970s. "2021" is a reply to Philip Geitzen's question concerning whether science fiction will be science fact in 2021. It was the soundtrack for a Geitzen video piece premiered at the Philo T. Farnsworth Memorial Event held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco in June of 1971. "Super/Software" is a cut-up text which appears in O'Gallagher's "The Blue Planet Notebooks", published in 1972 by the San Francisco underground magazine, "Organ". "Past/Future Time" is a cut-up which includes material from a record found in an elevator at 205 West 57th. A record that could be a so-called “artifact" from a future time, perhaps 100 to 125 years from the present. O’Gallagher died in 2007 at the age of 90.

Musical Selections:  2021 -- Super/Software -- Past/Future Time
Genres:  Sound poetry; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Cut-ups (Literary form); Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Science; Time
People:  O'Gallagher, Liam; Amirkhanian, Charles
First Broadcast Date:  7/28/1971
 
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