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Ode To Gravity:
Music by Maggi Payne, Herb Bielawa, and Bob Gonsalves

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 62 mins
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian hosts a program featuring the music of three Bay Area composers, two of whom join him in the studio to discuss their works. Maggi Payne and Bob Gonsalves are both graduates of the Master’s Degree program at Mills College in Electronic and Recorded Media from the Center for Contemporary Music. Payne, who could not make it to the KPFA studios due to illness, was at the time of this recording, director of the recording studio at the Center, and was serving as an engineer for recording sessions which were available to the public for a nominal charge. Her expertise in the studio is highlighted with a selection of pristine tape pieces that Amirkhanian plays in her absence. Herb Bielawa was director of the electronic music studio at San Francisco State University as well as the founder of the Pro Musica Nova ensemble. The participants discuss their interests in the electronic music field and introduce their own compositions.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [unidentified electronic music] (1:02) -- Transparencies (1976) (10:11) / Maggi Payne -- The Dickinson Album: Madness ; Winter Afternoons, for choir, piano, guitar, troubadour, and tape [1st and 2nd movements, texts by Emily Dickinson] (1972-73) (6:29) / Herb Bielawa -- Tiny Tablas “Time Marches On” (11:02) / Bob Gonsalves -- Spheres (1977) (9:47) / Maggi Payne
Performers:  George Hutto (sp?), troubadour (Dickinson)
Bruce Koliha (sp?), guitar (Dickinson)
Inaro Manus (sp?), piano (Dickinson)
Herb Bielawa, conductor (Dickinson)
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Electronic music; Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with instrumental ensemble; Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with electronics; Computer music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Payne, Maggi; Bielawa, Herbert ; Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886; Gonsalves, Bob
Recording Date:  6/2/1978
First Broadcast Date:  6/2/1978
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [unidentified electronic music] (0:24) -- Inserts, for band, tape, and jazz drummer (1976) (7:36) / Herb Bielawa-- Operation Rewrite [excerpt, text by William S. Burroughs] (4:00) / Bob Gonsalves -- Quartet, for guitars (1977-78) (5:35) / Herb Bielawa -- Bored with the Beguine “Dietary Regime” (7:28) / Bob Gonsalves
Performers:  San Francisco State University Band (inserts)
Herb Bielawa, conductor (inserts)
Madrone Quartet: (Quartet)
Rene Cochran (sp?), guitar (Quartet)
Jim Colgan, guitar (Quartet)
Gareth Loy, guitar (Quartet)
Lance Beeson, guitar (Quartet)
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; Band music; Aleatory music; Text-sound compositions; Computer music; Quartets (Guitars (4))
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Bielawa, Herbert ; Gonsalves, Bob; Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997; Colgan, Jim ; Beeson, Lance; Loy, D. Gareth
Recording Date:  6/2/1978
First Broadcast Date:  6/2/1978
 
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