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Ode To Gravity:
The Art and Music of Gerd De Vries

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 67 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian presents a program on German composer and musicologist, Gerd de Vries, whose efforts to modernize the establishment’s music dictionary, Riemann’s “Musick Lexicon,” have been much appreciated by avant-garde composers. Due to his efforts, entries for such important composers as John Cage have gone from being just a couple of sentences long, to now filling up more than a page, in this well known musical reference work. In addition to discussing his editorial work de Vries also talks about his austere compositions for organ, which often contain only the minimum number of elements possible in a sound event. Included are organ performances by de Vries as well as a talk with the composer recorded during a walk downtown in Amsterdam on Jan. 19, 1974. This program also contains a discussion of the work of Peter Roehr, a conceptual artist whose work has been compared to that of Andy Warhol. (from KPFA Folio)

Musical Selections:  [excerpt of an unidentified piece for one tone played on an organ] / Gerd de Vries -- [street organ playing in the background] -- [excerpt of organ piece using two notes, B and B-Flat] / Gerd de Vries -- [excerpt of organ piece using three notes, F, F-Sharp, and G] / Gerd de Vries -- [excerpt of organ piece using four notes, B-Flat, A, C, and B] / Gerd de Vries -- [excerpt of unidentified minimal piece for organ] / Gerd de Vries -- [excerpt of unidentified minimal piece for organ] / Gerd de Vries -- [excerpts of various ton-montagens or sound montages] / Peter Roehr
Genres:  Avant-Garde; Modern Art
Subject:  Vries, Gerd de; Roehr, Peter, 1944-1968; Avant-garde (Music) ; Conceptual art; Organ music; Barrel organ music; Drone music; Music -- Bio-bibliography ; Art, Modern; Art -- Philosophy
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Vries, Gerd de
Recording Date:  1/19/1974
First Broadcast Date:  4/23/1975
 
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