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Ode To Gravity:
Avant-Garde Music and Art in Europe, 1973

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 91 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

A program produced by Charles Amirkhanian, while he was in the Netherlands as part of an exchange program with VPRO (Holland Radio). Amirkhanian reviews a number of European musical festivals, including a concert of Letterist music. In addition Charles interviews Pierre Boulez after a recent performance of his works. Also interviewed is the late composer Mauricio Kagel in Cologne, Germany as he prepares for the premiere of his work, “Zwei-Mann Orchester”, a work scored for homemade instruments, crudely operated by remote control strings and wires. Charles also interviews Walther König, owner of a bookstore specializing in art. The program concludes with a visit to the 7th Annual Cologne Art Fair, where the world’s greatest avant-garde galleries gather to display their wares. Charles interviews a number of gallery owners about the state of avant-garde art in Europe.

Part 1 of 3:  
Genres:  Avant-Garde; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Boulez, Pierre, 1925-; Kagel, Mauricio; Lemaître, Maurice, 1926-; Avant-garde (Music) ; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Unconventional instruments
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Boulez, Pierre, 1925-2016; Kagel, Mauricio; Lemaître, Maurice, 1926-; Hamel, Peter Michael, 1947-
Recording Date:  10/23/1973
First Broadcast Date:  11/21/1973
 
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Roxana (1953) / Maurice Lemaitre -- Gomorrhaga / Peter Michael Hamel
Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; Modern Art
Subject:  König, Walther, 1939-; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Art, Modern; Avant-garde (Art)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Lemaître, Maurice, 1926-; Hamel, Peter Michael, 1947-; König, Walther, 1939-; Law, Carol
Recording Date:  10/23/1973
First Broadcast Date:  11/21/1973
 
Part 3 of 3:  
Genres:  Modern Art; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Art, Modern; Avant-garde (Art); Electro-acoustic; Electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Law, Carol
Recording Date:  10/23/1973
First Broadcast Date:  11/21/1973
 
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