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Ode To Gravity:
Interview with John Adams, 1973

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 97 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

With host Charles Amirkhanian, composer/conductor/clarinet player John Adams, the newly appointed Director of the New Music Ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, discuss his academic and music background; the Ensemble; conducting; contemporary music; and the prospects of having new music performed by symphony orchestras. Recordings of Adams’‚ compositions “Heavy Metal” (set to words by William Burroughs), “American Standard” (including the three sections comprised of a march, a hymn and a jazz tune) and “Hockey Scene, Period 1”, an electronic piece composed for a multimedia performance that included dancers and multiple projection screens, are heard. In addition, there is a recording of Sections 5 and 7 of Christian Wolff's “Burdocks” performed by the Conservator's New Music Ensemble.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Heavy Metal [text by William S. Burroughs] (1970) / John Adams -- Burdocks: [parts 5 & 7] (1970-71) / Christian Wolff
Performers:  San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble (Burdocks)
Genres:  New Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Adams, John, 1947-; Cage, John; San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble; Scratch Orchestra; New music; Electronic music; Instrumental ensembles; Aleatory music; Graphic notation (Music); Conductors (Music)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Adams, John, 1947-; Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997; Wolff, Christian, 1934-
Recording Date:  4/18/1973
First Broadcast Date:  4/18/1973
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  American Standard (1973) / John Adams -- Hockey Scene, Period 1 (1972) / John Adams
Performers:  San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble (American Standard)
Genres:  New Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Adams, John, 1947-; New music; Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; Instrumental ensembles; Mixed media (Music)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Adams, John, 1947-
Recording Date:  4/18/1973
First Broadcast Date:  4/18/1973
 
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