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Ode To Gravity:
Interview with Jacques Bekaert

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 86 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

The radical Belgian political reporter Jacques Bekaert, a star of that country’s free-swinging national radio program, “King Kong”, is surreptitiously a prolific and talented avant-garde composer. While in the States to cover the 1972 presidential race he talked with Charles Amirkhanian about his music in this informal interview. Bekaert gives his impressions of the Nixon presidential campaign and then introduces four of his pieces, including a work utilizing the election eve speech of American Independent presidential hopeful John Schmitz in a quadraphonic sound poem.

Musical Selections:  Henry David Thoreau Thinks That, Like Soil, Silence Is of Various Depths and Fertility (1972) -- Summer Music: Nos. 9, 10, & 11 (1970) -- A Summer Day at Stony Point (1968-69) -- John Schmitz Is the Message (1972)
Performers:  Mills Center Contemporary Players (Thoreau ; Summer)
Genre:  Avant-Garde
Subject:  Bekaert, Jacques; Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994; Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862; Cage, John; Schmitz, John G., 1930-; Avant-garde (Music) ; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Presidential campaigns; Politics and culture; Radio programs -- Belgium; Aleatory music; Poetry -- Readings with music; Instrumental ensembles
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Bekaert, Jacques
Recording Date:  11/15/1972
First Broadcast Date:  1/17/1973
 
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