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Ode To Gravity:
Charles Dodge

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 66 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Charles Dodge. Dodge, who studied music with Darius Milhaud and Gunther Schuller, is perhaps best known as an electronic music composer who specializes in working with synthesized computer speech. Dodge received his MA and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University where he also taught in the 1970s. Later he went on to found the Center for Computer Music in New York, and has taught at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York , and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. In this program, recorded in 1975, Dodge discusses how he composes and the various types of technology that he was utilized in realizing his tape pieces, illustrating his comments with three pieces utilizing texts by poet Mark Strand.

Part 1 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Speech Songs: When I Am With You [excerpt, text by Mark Sands[ (1972) (0:28) -- In Celebration [text by Mark Strand] (1975) (8:31) -- Speech Songs: When I Am With You (1:38) ; He Destroyed Her Image (2:00) ; A Man Sitting In The Cafeteria (1:23) ; The Days Are Ahead (2:05) [texts by Mark Sands] (1972) -- The Story of Our Lives [text by Mark Strand] (1974) (18:21)
Genres:  Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Computer music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Synthesized speech music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Dodge, Charles, 1942-; Strand, Mark, 1934-
First Broadcast Date:  12/3/1975
 
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Speech Songs [text by Mark Strand] (1972) -- Any Resemblance is Purely Coincidental (1980)
Genres:  Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Dodge, Charles, 1942-; Electronic music; Computer music; Text-sound compositions; Sound poetry; Operas -- Excerpts; Found objects (Art); Electro-acoustic
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Dodge, Charles, 1942-; Strand, Mark, 1934-; Caruso, Enrico, 1873-1921
Recording Date:  2/27/1986
 
Part 3 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  The Waves [text by Virginia Woolf] (1984) -- Profile: A Musical Fractal (1985)
Performers:  Joan La Barbara, voice (Waves)
Genres:  Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Dodge, Charles, 1942-; Electronic music; Computer music; Text-sound compositions; Sound poetry; Vocalises with electronics; Found objects (Art); Electro-acoustic
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Dodge, Charles, 1942-; Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941; La Barbara, Joan, 1947-
Recording Date:  2/27/1986
 
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