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Ode To Gravity:
Charlie Morrow and New Wilderness Audiographics

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 74 mins
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

From an interview recorded in December of 1977 and broadcast on June 26, 1978, Charles Amirkhanian talks with New York composer and producer, Charlie Morrow, at his home on West End Avenue in Manhattan. Morrow was, at the time of this recording, director of the New Wilderness Foundation, which issued a remarkable series of cassette tapes featuring experimental music, text-sound compositions, and field recordings, created by a variety of avant-garde composers and poets. The program begins with several excerpts from Morrow’s own works inspired by Native American chanting and the anthropological text-sound compositions of Jerome Rothenberg, with whom he co-founded the New Wilderness Foundation. Morrow then goes on to present a sampling of other works issued by the Foundation and talks about his affinity with many of the experimental composers and sound artists featured, including, Tui St. George Tucker, Annea Lockwood, Pauline Oliveros, Phillip Corner, and others. Many of these tapes foreshadow the increased popularity of New Age music and environmental recordings during the late 1970s and 80s, as the involved composers seek to explore the relationship between music, healing, and meditation. However unlike many of the New Age recording that were produced at that time, these New Wilderness Audiographics compositions retain their experimental edge, and fail to fall into the treacly morass that was the hallmark of their more commercially oriented cousins.

Musical Selections:  [unidentified chant music] (0:54) / Charlie Morrow -- [unidentified chant music] (4:31) / Charlie Morrow -- [unidentified chant music] (1:15) / Charlie Morrow -- There are Different Kinds of Writing, for narrator and bass recorder [text by Spencer Holst] (4:39) / Tui St. George Tucker -- [unidentified ambient electronic music, may be “Cloud Music” by Annea Lockwood] (0:51) -- [unidentified electronic music, may be from “Homage to Leona Bleiweiss and Shorter Simultaneities” by Pauline Oliveros and Jackson Mac Low] (0:41) -- Peyote Songs [excerpt] (2:54) / Leonard and Mary Crow Dog -- Metal Meditations [excerpt] (1:44) / Phillip Corner -- Readings from the Clairvoyant Journals [excerpt] (2:00) / Hannah Weiner -- Horse Songs [excerpt] (1:24) / Jerome Rothenberg -- Philoctetes [excerpt, text by Sophocles] (2:24) / Armand Schwerner -- The New Guinea Tapes [excerpt] (1:30) / Richard Schechner & Joan Macintosh -- [live overtone chanting] (1:23) / Charlie Morrow -- Etude for Pianola (1917) (2:28) / Igor Stranvinsky -- [unidentified drumming, chanting, and electronic music] (2:37) -- [unidentified ambient electronic music] (2:10)
Performers:  Charlie Morrow, voice (all chant pieces)
Spencer Holst, narrator (There)
Pete Rose, recorder (There)
David Carp, recorder (There)
Jerome Rothenberg, voice (Horse)
Hannah Weiner, voice (Readings)
Armand Schwerner, reader (Philoctetes)
Paul Jacobs, piano (Etude)
Ursula Oppens piano (Etude)
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New Wilderness Foundation; New Wilderness Audiographics; New music; Music therapy; Music -- Psychological aspects; Music -- Physiological effect; Vocal music; Monologues with music; Electronic music; Indians of North America -- Music; Music for meditation; Percussion music; Musique concrète; Music, concrete; Poetry; Sound poetry; Field recordings; Jew's harp music; Piano music (Pianos (2)); Piano music (4 hands)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Morrow, Charlie; Holst, Spencer ; Tucker, Tui St. George, 1924-2004; Rose, Pete, 1942 Oct. 1- ; Carp, David M.; Crow Dog, Leonard, 1942- ; Crow Dog, Mary; Brave Bird, Mary; Corner, Philip; Weiner, Hannah; Rothenberg, Jerome, 1931- ; Sophocles ; Schwerner, Armand ; Schechner, Richard, 1934- ; MacIntosh, Joan, 1945-; Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971; Jacobs, Paul, 1930-1983 ; Oppens, Ursula
Recording Date:  6/26/1978
First Broadcast Date:  6/26/1978
 
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