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Ode To Gravity:
The Music of Joanna Brouk

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 72 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Music to induce serenity. Charles Amirkhanian talks with Joanna Brouk, a Berkeley composer whose interests lie in the sounds that can be perceived by listening to “impurities” within larger tones. These impurities, called overtones, are utilized in the making of the six pieces heard here. Ms. Brouk modulates her voice with an synthesizer in three of these pieces. In another she uses repeated tones in the low range of a grand piano. And in two others, she strokes a gong repeatedly to produce a trance like intensity, enabling the listener to explore the overtones of the gong. One piece, “Leaf” utilizes the three words, opening, closing, and turning, in a subtle abstraction which is very hypnotic. With her voice dripping with inner calm, Brouk describes the spiritual qualities she finds within these peaceful sounds, and how music. like a soft summer day or a sparkling brook, can release one’s soul and free one’s mind, if you only pay attention and listen.

Musical Selections:  [unidentified piece for voice and electronics] (7:30) -- Leaf (7:15) -- The Creative (8:00) -- [unidentified piece] (9:00) -- [unidentified piece] (10:00) -- [unidentified piece] (9:20)
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; New Age music ; Music for meditation; Gong music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Brouk, Joanna
Recording Date:  10/25/1972
First Broadcast Date:  10/25/1972
 
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